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The Last Redoubt Of Our Resident Astrophysicist, Neil de Grasse Tyson

Posted in Who's On First? by Huckleberry on September 16, 2014
There's always time for pie.

There’s always time for pie.

It’s not a fun time for our Resident Astrophysicist, Neil de Grasse Tyson. In addition to not having time to “ask questions” about things, he also doesn’t apparently have time to perform any kind of research at all, choosing instead to fabricate an array of quotes, anecdotes, attributions and facts in pursuit of his “career” as a prosletizer of, as Vox Day would term it, Scientistry.
Sean Davis of the Federalist has been tracking all the corners that Tyson has been cutting so that he can cross the street and get on with it:

We’ve already established that a newspaper headline touted for years by Tyson likely doesn’t exist. We’ve also established that the exact quote he uses to bash members of Congress as being stupid also doesn’t exist. And then we established that the details within one of Tyson’s favorite anecdotes — a story of how he bravely confronted a judge about his mathematical illiteracy while serving on jury duty — seem to change every time Tyson tells the story.

So do you want to see how our Resident Astrophysicist, Neil de Grasse Tyson, fumbles everything from reading a calendar to reading the Bible?
Of course you do, because we all have time for that:

According to Tyson, in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bush uttered the phrase, “Our God is the God who named the stars.” According to Tyson, the president made that claim as a way of segregating radical Islam from religions like Christianity or Judaism.

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s story has three central claims: 1) Bush uttered that precise phrase, 2) in the days immediately after 9/11, 3) in order to distance American religion from that practiced by radical Muslims. As you have probably already guessed, every single claim is false. Every one! Then there’s Tyson’s aside that Bush’s quote was a “loose quote” of the book of Genesis. Yep, that’s false, too. Add embarrassing biblical illiteracy to Tyson’s list of accomplishments on his CV.

First off, Bush never uttered the quote attributed to him by Tyson. He did, however, include a separate but similar phrase in a February 2003 speech immediately following the Columbia space shuttle disaster. I don’t have a Ph.D. in physics, but I’m pretty sure February 2003 did not happen in the week after 9/11.

Tyson butchered the quote. He butchered the date. He butchered the context. He butchered the implication. And he butchered the biblical allusion, which was to the prophet Isaiah, not the book of Genesis (you can tell Bush was alluding to Isaiah because he explicitly said he was referencing Isaiah).

Remember, though, Neil de Grasse Tyson has a legit reason for all of this: He’s like a Shark of Science – always moving. And a Shark is equally ignorant of the fine line between research and fraud.


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  1. El Borak said, on September 16, 2014 at 19:49

    It’s not fraud if you don’t know you’re lying…then it’s just that Schrödinger’s cat kind of science where the conclusions precede the evidence. Which will be coming along anytime now, thank you..oh, look, a squirrel.

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