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BL’s interview with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an award-winning astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He’s also an author and TV show host. BL sat down with Tyson to pick his brain about what it takes to have a career in science.

Astronomy. Astrophysics. What’s the difference? Astronomy studies objects, forces and matter in the universe. Astrophysics is a branch of astronomy that focuses on the physical and chemical properties of all that stuff.

Win a copy of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the 13-episode TV series hosted by Tyson, or buy it on DVD, Blu-ray or Amazon Instant Video.

10 Comments on BL’s interview with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

  1. Actually, he explained that when he debated a Christian fundamentalist. He asked for proof. He could prove science. He was more than willing, with the presentation of proof, to change his belief, but the CF when asked to explain the Why’s of his belief, and the use of peusdo-science, he fell back on “you have to take it on Faith”. The CF was far more close minded than Neil deGrasse Tyson who was willing to change his mind with proof.

  2. Joe Scouter // October 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm // Reply

    From the Scout Handbook – “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

    Some Respect please!

  3. Dr. Tyson does not believe in God or any other “supreme being”. I think you could have found a better role model for our members by searching for someone who is a great scientist and believes in God, thus supporting our Scout Oath and Law, both of which require a belief in God.

    • I was thinking the same thing.

    • It is also important to teach our kids that it is ok to listen to and respect people who have different beliefs. His beliefs do not affect his passion and pursuit of science. In the 21st century we are faced with the reality that our kids need a strong STEM background and he has a great way of teaching difficult concepts in ways that kids can understand.

      • Sorry…if you watch his reboot of Cosmos, no matter what kind of science he practices, he certainly espouses bad science in his show.

    • The interview was about science, not religion. For years, Boys’ Life has interviewed well known people from various backgrounds and who hold a wide array of views. I didn’t vote for Michael Dukakis in 1988, but I wouldn’t object to him being interviewed by Boys’ Life. Especially since he is an Eagle Scout.

    • Oddly enough, I was also thinking the same thing.

    • lawabidingscout // October 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm // Reply

      I appreciate your view, but I believe it is well accepted that scouting does not require a religious background, nor a belief in god. when the Scout law states that a scout is reverent, I think it is best interpreted as being accepting, and appreciating the different views of our world, no matter how different they are from our own. Dr. Tyson is an esteemed individual regardless of his beliefs, and in the long run, judging people based on these characteristics, and not their achievements and contributions to society will only result in more “Crusades.” If we release ourselves from the shackles of our own beliefs and prejudices, it is then that humanity has achieved utopia.

    • Most scientist these days don’t believe in a higher power. I doesn’t matter what he believes he’s a good role model to young kids not because of his beliefs but his actions. You don’t need to be religious to be a good person. Religion does not always do mean good morales.

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