Neil deGrasse Tyson says that this video might just be the most important thing he has ever said. That’s quite a statement considering his long, illustrious career as an American astrophysicist.
Often people aren’t comfortable with science and new ideas. Some folks are still denying many components of evolution. Parents are still attempting to dictate what is taught in science class across the nation.
Going back further, Galileo was spent his last years under house arrest because he wouldn’t renounce his heliocentric theory of the solar system. In many of these cases, church influence is the driving force. “The Good Book says….” is the place many people begin their denial.
America is a great nation because it has vigorously advanced not only scientific discovery but also because it has but that science to practical use. America doesn’t shelve or squelch science. Our robust scientific studies in industry, college and universities, and yes, in public schools has been encouraged by the public and by government. One only has to look at the everyday by-products of the space age to see the trickle down effect: Tang, GPS, memory foam, the computer mouse, just to name a few. NASA has documented nearly 1,800 “spinoff” technologies.
Science should not be put on the back burner for political game or to cater to ignorant voters who fear basic information and new thoughts. The Science March weekend is one I can sure support. It might be even more important than concepts I support daily and that are near and dear to my heart. Our very existence as a planet may someday rely on it.