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Here’s What This World Famous Astrophysicist Says Is The Greatest Threat To Democracy


“This is science. It’s not something to toy with.”

Like a teacher that’s had to deal with too many obnoxious students, Neil deGrasse Tyson has had enough with those who deny the legitimacy of true science. Tyson, an astrophysicist famous for his scientific commentary and books, just released a short video to YouTube, explaining the the potentially catastrophic problems we face if politicians continue to deny provable scientific research.

Tyson’s argument is that the United States achieved greatness by pioneering industries through science, and as a result, “science is a fundamental part of the country that we are.” The problem, however, is that people are becoming skeptical of science, and as a result, this country is losing the spirit of innovation that once made it so great.

“When you have people who don’t know much about science, standing in denial of it, and rising to power, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.”


The short video highlights several areas of science that have come under fire from politicians and citizens alike, such as teaching evolution in schools, skepticism towards vaccines, bans on GMOs, climate change and more. Tyson believes that advancements in science are as much the responsibility of scientists as they are politicians. But, Tyson says, attitudes towards science seem to be largely based on distrust of scientific information, which in turn is holding our country back from advancing further.

“I don’t remember a time where people were standing in denial of what science was.”


Tyson admits our country isn’t perfect, and that we have faced numerous challenges, including Vietnam, the Cold War, the civil rights movement, but Tyson can’t remember a time when science faced such baseless skepticism as it does today. “One of the great things about science is that it is an entire exercise in finding what is true.” Tyson goes on to remind people that science is not something we have the luxury of denying, saying, “It’s not something to say ‘I choose not to believe e=mc squared.’ You don’t have that option […] It is true whether or not you choose to believe in it. And the sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us. ”

Tyson’s goal isn’t to attack viewers, but to warn them of the dangers we face as a people and a nation if we continue to deny the truth.

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World Famous Astrophysicist Explains Why Rainbows Are The Perfect Place To Hide A Pot Of Gold

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World Famous Astrophysicist Explains Why Rainbows Are The Perfect Place To Hide A Pot Of Gold


Neil deGrasse Tyson took time out of from his busy schedule of understanding the universe to chop it up with Desus and Mero. They just had to have him as a guest because Tyson, in their opinion, is the “most notable astrophysicist from the Bronx.”

Tyson joined the show to promote his latest book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”

The book was just released on May 2nd.

Desus started off with an easy question: “Explain everything about the universe to me in 30 seconds. “

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Of course it was a joke, cause that’s, like, impossible to do. But…

Tyson’s answer was way heavier than they were expecting.

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Here’s just a taste of what he said: “The universe is vast and old and we are not only in the universe, the universe is in us.”

This news blew Mero’s mind. Even the bear behind him couldn’t handle it.

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Mero’s response to Tyson’s cosmic revelation was: “Yo, bruh. Wow. I’m smacked.”

Desus followed up by asking, “What’s the most interesting fact, right now, that you know about the universe.”

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Solid question, right?

Tyson said he was going to give a “cop out” answer, but a “cop out” answer from NdGT is still deep AF.


“This isn’t the most interesting fact, but this is the most interesting thing to think about. And that is: might we not be smart enough to even know what question to ask on the frontier of cosmic discovery.” Tyson then added, “As the area of our knowledge grows, so too does the perimeter of our ignorance.”

Again, Mero couldn’t handle Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer. The bear was barely holding it together.

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Only five minutes into an 18-minute interview and Mero was rethinking his cosmic journey.

Neil deGrasse Tyson then answered the question that everyone wants to know: “Who would win in a cage match, NdGT or Bill Nye?”


Bill Nye doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who knows much about fisticuffs.

Mero quickly jumped in with the answer: “You’d fuck him up because I heard you wrestled in high school.”

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Boom. After having his mind blasted into outer space, Mero came back with a vengeance.

Tyson agreed with a loud, “YES!”

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My money is on Tyson too! Look at him.

They covered several topics, but Tyson really blew their minds when he explained why rainbows make the perfect place to hide a pot of gold.

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Tyson explained that thanks to optical effects caused by light and water, every rainbow anyone has ever seen was their own private rainbow, and that’s just the start… I’ll let Tyson explain the rest.

Check out this clip right here to find out the answer to the most stoner bit of trivia about rainbows and pots of gold.


Did you catch that? Next time you’re faded with the homies or just want to impress a Tinder date, drop that bit of knowledge.

It’s a great interview, and Tyson definitely took the duo on a cosmic trip.

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Tyson fielded topics like getting beat up, to classic stoner topics like time travel and whether or not the asteroids from “Armageddon” could actually destroy New York the way the movie showed. Check out the entire interview above, and watch Tyson shine brighter than all the stars in the galaxy.

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