As the Doomsday Clock ticks ever closer to midnight and humanity stands on the brink of self-destruction, an increasing number of people are rejecting the hard scientific evidence that supports climate change, the effectiveness of vaccinations, and a host of other critical issues. In this short video, celebrated astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson mourns for the days when citizens trusted the scientific method. He believes this footage, released on the eve of Earth Day 2017, contains “the most important words” he has ever spoken. Although Tyson addresses a US audience, getAbstract recommends his brief, enlightening clip – replete with beautifully illustrative imagery – universally to scientific illuminati and illiterati alike, as Tyson’s core message is crucial to the survival of humanity.
In this summary, you will learn
- How science helped the United States develop into an advanced nation,
- Why Americans’ growing science denial is problematic and
- Why astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes Americans ought to educate themselves on scientific issues.
About the Speaker
Astrophysicist, author and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson popularizes scientific concepts and discoveries for the masses. He is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.