Note on Dumb Stuff

Neil deGrasse Tyson, otherwise known as Black Science Man, predictably says dumb stuff about philosophy. The confusions are so thick it’s actually painful. Go here: http://scientiasalon.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/neil-degrasse-tyson-and-the-value-of-philosophy/ (my hyperlinks aren’t working for some odd reason) to see what he says and a halfway decent response to his babbling. I say halfway because, as seems to be par for the course, the relation between science and metaphysics isn’t really recognized. Apparently, the only way people can conceive of philosophy is if its a kind of quasi-empirical science. That this is the kind of crap that’s being promoted, popularized and swallowed is mildly irritating.

For those interested, here’s a few assorted posts on the nature of the relationship between science and metaphysics:

https://theologiansinc.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/science-metaphysics-and-language/

https://theologiansinc.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/physics-metaphysics-physics/

https://theologiansinc.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/on-science/

https://theologiansinc.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/conceptual-confusions-and-philosophy-of-mind/

Here’s general philosophy of science (the posts linked above are in this category as well): https://theologiansinc.wordpress.com/category/philosophy-of-science-2/

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6 thoughts on “Note on Dumb Stuff

  1. gaudetetheology May 13, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Seriously? “Black Science Man”?

    I might not reasonably expect informed philosophy from a renowned astrophysicist: it’s not his field. I sure did expect better practice than the use of racism-reinforcing tokenism from a theologian and philosopher, though: I expect philosophers and theologians both to know better and to care to do better.

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    • whitefrozen May 13, 2014 / 9:34 am

      Look up Neil deGrasse Tyson memes. Black science man is a meme poking fun at the numerous quotes if him superimposed on backgrounds of space and his head.

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    • whitefrozen May 13, 2014 / 4:01 pm

      I thought I linked to that article, but I was having trouble linking to stuff that day.

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      • Kevin Davis May 13, 2014 / 4:22 pm

        You may have and I didn’t notice. Anyway, good stuff.

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  2. Joel May 13, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Tyson seems to think that science just comes naturally to people – like the entire scientific mindset and method is as obvious as 2 + 2. Of course, any cursory knowledge of the history of science shows this is wrong. Science in the Middle Ages (not the same as modern science, but you know) was called “natural philosophy” after all.

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