Excellent analysis of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s recent foray into commenting on GMOs.
The stranger promises to return. They both know they’ll never see each other again. Alone now, and before he puts out the lamp, [Jorge Luis Borges’s] Paracelsus scoops up the ashes and utters a single word in a low voice. And in his hands the rose springs back to life. —Roberto Bolaño (2004)
Neil deGrasse Tyson has parlayed his sudden Cosmosfame into succinct and biting critiques of anti-intellectualisms of a variety of stars and stripes.
On creationist notions of the age of the universe,
If the universe were only 6,500 years old, how could we see the light from anything more distant than the Crab Nebula? We couldn’t. There wouldn’t have been enough time for the light to get to Earth from anywhere farther away than 6,500 light years in any direction. That’s just enough time for light to travel a tiny portion of our Milky Way galaxy.
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