13 thoughts on “Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.”

  1. Give ALL CHILDREN Affirmative Action like "Dr." Tyson received.

    Then we all win, we all do better, and we alllllllll live in that MEOW-rific world…

  2. yea uh huh, you let kids do whatever they want. then they encounter the real world, where they have to behave and do what they're told, doing repetitive, menial tasks in order to survive. his advice only works if they actually become scientists, otherwise you run the risk or ruining your kids life by not preparing them for reality, by creating a fantasy world where exploration and freedom are the norm.

  3. why dont we instead of voting for wankers like david cameron… start getting people like Neil to run our world? Sciencetists and mathaticians not the best liars.

  4. I don't like Neil deGrasse Tyson in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
    Every one is like, what did he just say???
    I like his interviews much better, because he doesn't get to be the writer in Cosmos, he is just a presenter. The show I think is good a introducing people to science who otherwise were not so much before.

  5. I recently read "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan, and he mentions a phenomenon I also think is very likely to contribute to children's scientific literacy: Whether the kids learn to distinguish between fantasy and reality. Many superstitious people are superstitious because they never learned to do that properly, and that is not something we naturally learn by curiosity. Don't give parents the entire fault of scientific literacy or of diminishing curiosity. Often it's their own lack of education and understanding that seamlessly spreads to the kids. Plus, I think it's very relevant that we now live in a world today that is increasingly filled with flashy distractions, such as digital games, super short videos and all kinds of other entertainment that inherently teaches you knowledge is something you get by tapping your device to play a youtube video or reading a far too short article that is more entertainment or opinion than knowledge. I think it requires a lot of help today to become a scientist. More than ever, perhaps.

  6. Off topic but relevant to some degree. i remember sleeping over at a friends house late at night in his tall up stairs with a lazer pointer. We would hide by the window and shoot the lazer through peoples windows and watch them look out the window. We even did it to an old folks house two blocks down and watched them hunt for the lazer. To fucking funny.

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