Noted scientist fears aliens ignored Earth because we’re too stupid

posted at 5:01 pm on June 1, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

What do you get when you put one of the smartest people in the world – astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson – in the same room with MSNBC talker Chris Hayes? Answer: You get a lot of science interview questions, not all of which will be gems. But to their credit, they did manage to cover the one burning issue which awaits resolution – where are the aliens, and why haven’t they contacted us?

Tyson may not know for sure, but he has a theory.

Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil DeGrasse Tyson told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that while it’s audacious enough for human beings to say they’re capable of defining intelligence, he would still like to know if there’s other intelligent beings in the universe.

“My great fear is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens,” DeGrasse Tyson said to Hayes. “But they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth. How’s that for measures of intelligence?”

One reason it’s presumptuous for humans to act like they’re the arbiters of intelligence, DeGrasse Tyson said, is the possibility that planets much older than ours are already sending us messages in a format that, while basic to them, is incomprehensible by our current standards.

The idea that the first hint an extraterrestrial species will have of us is old I Love Lucy reruns is not a new one. But would a space-faring race really assume we are all that stupid? A quick inspection would show that we have manned and unmanned artificial satellites orbiting the planet. A modest visual survey would show cities, roads, and all manner of intelligent design. It just seems unlikely to me that aliens would ignore anyone who had not yet mastered the warp drive.

I’ll suggest two other possibilities and you are free to add in your own.

First, assuming there are other intelligent species alive at this time in this galaxy, I’m guessing there aren’t going to be that many of them. Given the number of stars in the Milky Way it would have to take many times the span of years that we have had an advanced civilization to search them all. So they may be out there and looking, but they just haven’t found us yet.

The second possibility I am sure is far more likely. At roughly the same time they invented their own warp drive, they also invented politics. In the ensuing squabbles, the budget for the warp drive was diverted, and they never got off the ground.


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They must have tuned into his show.

BDavis on June 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I watched the first episode of his new Cosmos series, or at least tried to. God, it is awful.

Mark1971 on June 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The second possibility I am sure is far more likely. At roughly the same time they invented their own warp drive, they also invented politics. In the ensuing squabbles, the budget for the warp drive was diverted, and they never got off the ground.

Third possibility, the aliens’ version of islam won the war and only one book is now allowed there.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Science Officer: “Oh my GOD Captain, they still have PROGRESSIVES!”

Captain: “Helmsmen, GET US OUT OF HERE, WARP FACTOR NINE!”

ConstantineXI on June 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

DeGrasse is a loon.

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Third possibility, the aliens’ version of islam won the war and only one book is now allowed there.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

At least that’s one thing to take comfort in. The Galaxy will NEVER belong to those who worship the “prophet” of islam!

ConstantineXI on June 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

If they receive our signals and are watching I Love Lucy reruns and can’t figure out that it’s entertainment and not actually live footage, then they probably aren’t that intelligent.

Flange on June 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

3. The really smart aliens will likely duck and cover the moment they realize warp drive is somehow possible

Knott Buyinit on June 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

We were visited 546 million years ago, 233 million years ago, 73 million years ago, 22 million years ago, 7 million years ago, and are due for another visit in 2.4 million years.

sharrukin on June 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

But to their credit, they did manage to cover the one burning issue which awaits resolution – where are the aliens, and why haven’t they contacted us?

Somebody doesn’t watch Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

RickB on June 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Last time I visited an anthill, I chose not to return and “make contact” either. That was a good thing for the ants.

If “they” did visit us, be glad they haven’t come back. Yet.

ZenDraken on June 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Excuse Me!


it’s presumptuous for humans to act like they’re the arbiters of intelligence

Is that exactly what you are doing!!!!!

jerk.

No Chop Charlie on June 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

He’s such a pretentious boob.

Cladinator on June 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

This guy. lol

Murphy9 on June 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

So he has no doubts about aliens and global warming? Cool.

Cindy Munford on June 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Well they do like our Malaysian jets.

rbj on June 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

(breath)

HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

UnstChem on June 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

He’s a warmist – ’nuff said!

OldEnglish on June 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

OK, I need help. Can somebody finish one of these sentences?

1) Neil Tyson discovered……….

2) Neil Tyson invented…………

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

The unspoken premise is that Earth being contacted by aliens is somehow a good thing.

That a scientist would engage in such “faith-based” hypothetical regret as Tyson does says quite a lot in my view.

Here’s a thought: we have no reason to believe that intelligent alien civilizations would treat us any better than humans have treated other humans since the dawn of time.

I find the sentiments behind Tyson’s comment the equivalent of a drunk college girl in a mini-skirt regretting she didn’t get the chance to meet anybody on that long walk home through the dark alley at 2am.

Are there aliens out there? I certainly hope not.

hamiltmc on June 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Because when they launched the Voyager spacecraft, they put a map to earth on it. Sagan said it would be a bad idea.

My guess is any alien species smart enough to find and then decode the map would then decide that because we put the map on the craft, we’re too stupid to survive. Not reason to make contact.

BobMbx on June 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I’m guessing prime numbers are different for us, than the rest of the universe?

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Neil DeAss Tyson is a moron. He’s an astrophysicist like jax is a neurophysicist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

1) Neil Tyson discovered……….

You can fool most of the people most of the time.

2) Neil Tyson invented…………

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

A patented line of BS guaranteed to make certain individuals rich regardless of their abilities.

sharrukin on June 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM

I’ll got with STUPID. All they need do is point at Obama and say “they picked HIM as their leader”?

GarandFan on June 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Typical leftist self-loathing disguised as “scientific” conjecture.

rlwo2008 on June 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

RickB on June 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Love that show.

BeachBum on June 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-04/hawking-aliens-are-out-there-and-want-our-resources

Than there’s this stupid @ss who seems to think otherwise.

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Fermi: Where are the aliens?

Szilard: They are among us, but they call themselves Hungarians.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Well,
IF the aliens saw what was going on now, they are too busy shaking their heads and wondering WTF?

I’d have to agree with them.

Meet me at the “Beam me up, Scotty. No intelligent life found here” point at 10 tonight.

You who know, know where that is. No, you don’t have to wear the gym sweats. Just avoid red shirts. It never turns out for those that wear red shirts.

ProfShadow on June 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the “impartial” scientist that is constantly seen on shows like Bill Maher and MS-NBC, and on his show Cosmos which was supposed to be for the benefit of everyone not just one political class (the leftists), every other minute it seemed on Cosmos they sneaked in another gratuitous bs reference to global warming “climate change.”

anotherJoe on June 1, 2014 at 5:26 PM

yuQmey vay’ neH Such maH contact ‘ach HeghDI’ obama je president elected american ‘e’ SoHbe’ qar val concluded maH…

ujorge on June 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I watched the first episode of his new Cosmos series, or at least tried to. God, it is awful.

Mark1971 on June 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

DITTOS !!

You should’ve seen all of the raves from the PBS gang on FB.
I wanted to puke.

pambi on June 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Does the noted scientist also believe in the religion of man-made Climate Change?

If he does, well he’s pretty much blown his credibility with me right there.

Meople on June 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Ugh, this guy and Bill Nye. For scientists, they’re pretty dumb.

Othniel on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

pambi on June 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Um, oops.
Strike the strikes.
Sheesh.

pambi on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Just when I’ve tried positive thinking and tried to lift my spirits and feeling good………….this happens.

Herb on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

But Jazz, why would any alien civilization give a damn whether the life on a planet was “intelligent” or not? What if humans didn’t exist and the smartest organisms on Earth were coyotes or ravens? Wouldn’t any space traveling folks want to check out the earth based on the fact it has ANY life? If we earthlings took to outer space and found a planet where there was a Serengeti plains with creatures comparable to our wildebeest and zebras but no humanoids, we’d still be excited and wouldn’t see the absence of any animal we could communicate with as grounds to dub the discovery effort a failure.

radjah shelduck on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I think the guy would be more helpful if he got a real job.

deptofredundancydept on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

“But they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth. How’s that for measures of intelligence?”

Maybe they honored the Prime Directive?

iurockhead on June 1, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I’m sure Tyson is a smart guy, but I’ve never really understood the hype around him. To me the guy is enormously over-rated in popular culture. At least he seems slightly less smug than Carl Sagan the man whose mantle he’s taken up. So I guess we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

Tacitus on June 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

….one of the smartest people in the world – astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson….

Really? Based on what? He’s ideologue with an advanced degree. Might as well have a PhD in Eastern European folk dance.

iurockhead on June 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Ugh, this guy and Bill Nye. For scientists, they’re pretty dumb.

Othniel on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

You mean, they have a political agenda to hammer home under the auspices of SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Murphy9 on June 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The 1980′s mini-series V comes to mind.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Just avoid red shirts. It never turns out for those that wear red shirts.

ProfShadow on June 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Great book called “Redshirts” by John Scalzi.

Who is John Galt on June 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM

“My great fear is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens,” DeGrasse Tyson said to Hayes.

The man is nuts.

VorDaj on June 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

NDT is the same clown that tweeted this last week..

“Rubber tires on asphalt grant a maximum speed of about 165 mph in the 24-degree banked turns at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

while watching cars go over 200 live on television..

http://www.roadandtrack.com/go/pop-culture/neil-degrasse-tyson-tweets-nascar-physics-trivia-during-coca-cola-600

going2mars on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The 1980′s mini-series V comes to mind.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM

LOL!

V The Final Battle Thealien Birthing Scene 1984

Murphy9 on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

“My great fear is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens,” DeGrasse Tyson said to Hayes. “But they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth. How’s that for measures of intelligence?”

DeGrasse Tyson is 100% correct. In addition to the fact that Obama was elected twice, as I have said repeatedly, if aliens ever read a QOTD thread, they wouldn’t bother.

Ed and AP will be happy to know that, evidently, aliens have read HA. /

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Anyone who isn’t positive that the USA is in free fall can just look at the difference between Carl Sagan and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson”…

V7_Sport on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I’m sure Tyson is a smart guy, but I’ve never really understood the hype around him. To me the guy is enormously over-rated in popular culture. At least he seems slightly less smug than Carl Sagan the man whose mantle he’s taken up. So I guess we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

Tacitus on June 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I like him because he’s charismatic. 70 years ago, our country had a craving for exploration, breaking barriers and pushing the limits. Just from taking a look at these comments, nothing could be further from that these days. We’re slashing NASA’s budget (though the House did just pass a modest increase) and focusing our efforts on nation building. We may have one the space race of the 60′s, but our hat is definitely being handed to us by China and Russia these days in that regard. Thank God for people like Elon Musk. But to my point, we need someone like NGT to help inspire a new generation of kids who want to reach for the stars. A lot more good comes from missions to the moon and mars than just pretty pictures.

NoStoppingUs on June 1, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Than there’s this stupid @ss who seems to think otherwise.

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Always a horrible plot device. Why in Fluking hell would aliens travel all the way to Earth to get what they can get in almost infinite amounts everywhere else in the universe?

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

What do you get when you put one of the smartest people in the world – astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

I hope you’re being sarcastic.

I haven’t watched his TV gig, but I have read a number of scathing criticisms of his logic as well as his methods from both creationists & Darwinists.

You gotta wonder if this guy was picked to host the show because of his skin color.

itsnotaboutme on June 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Anyone who isn’t positive that the USA is in free fall can just look at the difference between Carl Sagan and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson”…

V7_Sport on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I don’t know … Sagan was a pretty big douchebag, too, though he was more of a physicist than this Tyson bird.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Anyone who isn’t positive that the USA is in free fall can just look at the difference between Carl Sagan and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson”…

V7_Sport on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Both are guilty of sometimes being quite unscientific.
At least Neil is not as smug.

itsnotaboutme on June 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Based on the last two presidential elections…I think they were correct.

trs on June 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

“My great fear is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens,”

Another genius scientist who doesn’t know what science is.

mankai on June 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

RickB on June 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Best show on TV. It’s hilarious.

lorien1973 on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

DeGrasse Tyson is 100% correct. In addition to the fact that Obama was elected twice, as I have said repeatedly, if aliens ever read a QOTD thread, they wouldn’t bother.

Ed and AP will be happy to know that, evidently, aliens have read HA. /

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

i can only assume that this is a thinkly veiled insult at me.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

If aliens came here they would be doing it for the same reason the Europeans first came to the New World and they would have just as much respect for the natives (us) as the Europeans had for the denizens of this continent.

crankyoldlady on June 1, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Anyone who isn’t positive that the USA is in free fall can just look at the difference between Carl Sagan and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson”…

V7_Sport on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Sagan pushed the bogus nuclear winter hokum.

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I like Michio Kaku alot better than this guy but he’s also a global warming nut.

BeachBum on June 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

But Jazz, why would any alien civilization give a damn whether the life on a planet was “intelligent” or not? What if humans didn’t exist and the smartest organisms on Earth were coyotes or ravens? Wouldn’t any space traveling folks want to check out the earth based on the fact it has ANY life?

radjah shelduck on June 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

True.
If we found a single living cell in space, the nuts at SETI would orgasm.

itsnotaboutme on June 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

True.
If we found a single living cell in space, the nuts at SETI would orgasm.

itsnotaboutme on June 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

SETI isn’t looking for life. They are looking for intelligence.

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

if aliens ever read a QOTD thread, they wouldn’t bother.

Ed and AP will be happy to know that, evidently, aliens have read HA. /

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

…wonder what kind of music they would offer up!

KOOLAID2 on June 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Best show on TV. It’s hilarious.

lorien1973 on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Is that the one with the guy with the weird hair? I always end up yelling at the tv and turning it off.

crankyoldlady on June 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

i can only assume that this is a thinkly veiled insult at me.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

it might surprise you to know that i actually made it to the final round in my state spelling bee several times as a child.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I like Michio Kaku alot better than this guy but he’s also a global warming nut.

BeachBum on June 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

At least, Michio is a legitimate working physicist. I can’t figure what his deal is with global warming, except that he’s stuck with a bunch of leftist nuts and has some serious emotional issues. Shame, because he is good physicist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

They’re here. Pelosi’s one of them.

fogw on June 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Always a horrible plot device. Why in Fluking hell would aliens travel all the way to Earth to get what they can get in almost infinite amounts everywhere else in the universe?

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Carry that one step further. Why come here at all? BUT if you do, don’t you need resources to get back?

Oh, and here’s my favorite:

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-First-Planets-bumper-sticker/dp/B006L3FDFC

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

i can only assume that this is a thinkly veiled insult at me.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I wasn’t aware that it was “veiled” at all. The rest of us got it.
Unless you really do mean thinkly.

Judge_Dredd on June 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Not to hijack this into a CrEvo thread, but this guy apparently can’t do math.

First of all, under ideal conditions (which itself is mathematically improbable), the probability of molecules arranging themselves into the required proteins is a mathematical impossibility. Never mind calculating the odds this inorganic material somehow spontaneously comes to life and reproduces when no known mechanism for this process exists.

Then there is the slight problem of interstellar travel. The distances are so great that unless the passenger can live for thousands of years and enjoy the trip in zero gravity conditions, the craft needs to be accelerated to near ‘c’ levels of speed.

To achieve that speed would require more energy than all of mankind has ever produced. And then they would need that energy again to slow the craft down. Then two more times to return home. Even if these “aliens” perfected to near 100% efficiency matter/anti-matter energy production, the fuel requirements alone are monster.

Then we have the problem of achieving near ‘c’ speeds. Even at c/10, a collision with a particle in space the size of a grain of sand would be the equivalent of several bundles of dynamite exploding against the transport craft’s shell at that one point.

Reuben Hick on June 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM

i can only assume that this is a thinkly veiled insult at me.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

you always think it’s all about you…must be your guilty conscience…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Carry that one step further. Why come here at all? BUT if you do, don’t you need resources to get back?

Oh, and here’s my favorite:

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-First-Planets-bumper-sticker/dp/B006L3FDFC

WryTrvllr on June 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Besides being bored I can imagine only two reasons for extraterrestrials to visit Earth.

1.) Extermination. Maybe they are like Muslims and must see all other intelligent life exterminated.

2.) Bach front property. Maybe even extraterrestrials want vacation homes.

Either scenario isn’t so good for us, although the Earth would survive in the second. And I like that bumper sticker, too.

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Reuben Hick on June 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM

*Facepalm* I do not even know where to begin pulling this apart.
Still thinking with that limited human intellect? Or did they get to you too!

Judge_Dredd on June 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Goodness, little children have imaginary friends that like them, “What do you get when you put one of the smartest people in the world – astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson – ” has imaginary friends that thinks that he is stupid.! sigh

mediamime on June 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Noted Scientist Noted Results of Last Two U.S. Presidential Elections.

corona79 on June 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Is that the one with the guy with the weird hair? I always end up yelling at the tv and turning it off.

crankyoldlady on June 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM</blockquote
Yep.

Why yell at it?

It's so funny.

Either the loch ness monster doesn't exist or it's proof of super intelligent underwater aliens that visit us constantly. You know; either is equally likely.

Personally, I try to work in "As ancient astronaut scientists believe" into normal conversation every day.

lorien1973 on June 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Einstein posited that there are only two infinites in the universe: space and stupidity. And he wasn’t too sure about space.

Space is expanding. Therefore stupidity must be increasing as well as it is the larger infinity and must keep ahead of space. From that we understand that there will soon be an increased density of stupidity in the universe.

You’ll be able to cut it with a knife.

Any place with intelligent life will also get stupidity: you cannot get competence that is perfect and intelligence is no guarantee of competence in anything.

As we make artificial intelligence we will get artificial stupidity.

We are just doing our part to increase the stupidity density of the universe. I assume alien species understand this concept and are doing likewise. They can’t get to here because they are more stupid than we are because they are more advanced.

It is as simple as that.

ajacksonian on June 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

‘ one of the smartest people in the world’

….huh? Based on what? DeGrasse is a guy who will not even consider the concept of a Creator and yet is willing to accept as unquestionable fact the existence of aliens, of which there is not one shred of evidence. Nothing. Zero. He is the worst kind or corrupt propagandist.
Fact: There is far more circumstantial and ’cause & effect’ evidence of God as the intelligent creator of the universe than any other theoretical load of BS ‘smart’ guys like DeGrasse swear by.
Most theoretical and, yes, anthropological scientists today are Atheists first, Liberals second, grant grubbers third and scientists fourth.

AmeriCuda on June 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM

i can only assume that this is a thinkly veiled insult at me.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

That’s probably because you absolutely do NOT think. I have been jokingly making that observation about QOTD – including my own contributions – for much longer than you have been around here.

Now, why don’t you go back to telling me that I am ignorant of the writings and positions of Eduardo Galeano and shouldn’t mock the 100% Italian Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s ‘Brasilian heritage’?

Idjit.

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Does the noted scientist also believe in the religion of man-made Climate Change?

If he does, well he’s pretty much blown his credibility with me right there.

Meople on June 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

He seems to be a true believer. I do however allow the likelihood that there are many scientists out there that don’t believe but just shut up because they have mortgages and kids in college.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Just wait until we develop warp drive. Then the Vulcans will be visiting us.

John the Libertarian on June 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I watched the first episode of his new Cosmos series, or at least tried to. God, it is awful.

Mark1971 on June 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Ditto. I made it through the first two episodes…and I’m dumber for it.

Too heavy on the anti-religious claptrap…and not even accurate with it. I love learning all I can about the universe…it’s absolutely fascinating and awe-inspiring. But Tyson’s “Comos” reboot failed.

JetBoy on June 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Given the number of stars in the Milky Way it would have to take many times the span of years that we have had an advanced civilization to search them all.

The aliens probably do find us a bit lacking since we invented the concept of time….something that doesn’t exist in eternity.

bettycooper on June 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I want to see Don Lemon interview Tyson on the subject of black holes. lolz.

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

one of the smartest people in the world – astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson –

I enjoyed his “global warming is real” Cosmos commercial.

Axe on June 1, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Its not very intelligent for this intelligent man to assume that creatures of higher intelligence would only have inquisitive and benevolent intentions.

swamp_yankee on June 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

The alien civilization was doing fine until they went to ‘single-payer’ healthcare and of course they died out.

You can’t go against intergalactic truths such as ‘freedom works’.

KirknBurker on June 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I checked his publications listed on his CV. IMHO, it’s pretty light for someone who’s supposedly highly regarded in his field.

Another guy who’s supposedly a genius is Michio Kaku. But I can’t find a published copy of his CV either.

To give you an idea, Laird Close, Ph.D., at my alma mater in Arizona, is a Professor of Astronomy and has over 100 publications. He might not be as big a name as Tyson, but he certainly seems to have been contributing to the science a lot more than our esteemed colleague Tyson.

Nethicus on June 1, 2014 at 6:09 PM

DeGrasse is funny because he points out in so many ways how humans are stupid and he thinks nobody notices what a pompous *ss he is.

I get so sick of his schtick and that is why I could not bring myself to watch even one second of the new “Cosmos”.

There are so many others they could have chosen to host it.

KirknBurker on June 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM

HA! Yeah, and it happened in the last 4 years!

TX-96 on June 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I want to see Don Lemon interview Tyson on the subject of black holes. lolz.

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Toure? Oh, sorry. I must have read a word in that sentence that isn’t there. ;)

Judge_Dredd on June 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Wrongness isn’t intrinsically inversely proportional to intelligence.

Murphy9 on June 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

He seems to be a true believer. I do however allow the likelihood that there are many scientists out there that don’t believe but just shut up because they have mortgages and kids in college.

slickwillie2001 on June 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Oh, no doubt there are lots of those. The Cult of Man-Made Climate Change ID’s a “denier”, they not only goes after their job and livelihood, they go after their entire family and everyone who ever knew them.

Kind of like the pro-gay activists, and the race baiters. Wait, I’m sensing a pattern here.

Meople on June 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

*Facepalm* I do not even know where to begin pulling this apart.
Still thinking with that limited human intellect? Or did they get to you too!

Judge_Dredd on June 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

You must be anti-science. I’m just using the numbers and findings of secular scientists.

But thanks for the drive-by insult. Always appreciated.

Reuben Hick on June 1, 2014 at 6:12 PM

What do you get when you put one of the smartest people in the world – astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Who says he is one of the smartest people in the world? Baloney!

bluegill on June 1, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Toure? Oh, sorry. I must have read a word in that sentence that isn’t there. ;)

Judge_Dredd on June 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Well, Toure could always interview lostmotherland since they both believe gerrymandering is responsible for Ted Cruz’s election to the Senate. lol

Resist We Much on June 1, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Anyone who isn’t positive that the USA is in free fall can just look at the difference between Carl Sagan and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson”…

V7_Sport on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Sagan pushed the bogus nuclear winter hokum.

NotCoach on June 1, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Carl Sagan, 1969:

“When I’m high I can penetrate into the past, recall childhood memories, friends, relatives, playthings, streets, smells, sounds, and tastes from a vanished era. I can reconstruct the actual occurrences in childhood events only half understood at the time. Many but not all my cannabis trips have somewhere in them a symbolism significant to me which I won’t attempt to describe here, a kind of mandala embossed on the high. Free-associating to this mandala, both visually and as plays on words, has produced a very rich array of insights.”

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2014 at 6:14 PM

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