Someone asks “Why Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Hate Philosophy?”
|May 23, 2014||Posted by News under Cosmology, News, Philosophy|
That someone being Anthony M. Mills at Real Clear Science:
Fortunately for the progress of science, Albert Einstein didn’t take this attitude. According to him, studying the “history and philosophy of science” provides an “independence” from generational “prejudices” necessary for creative thought. Moreover, the “independence created by philosophical insight is,” Einstein thought, “the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.” By enabling one to see the “forest” rather than the “trees,” a philosophical understanding of scientific history is indispensable for understanding — and even practicing — science.
Okay, but what if you don’t want
“independence” from generational “prejudices” necessary for creative thought.
What if you want people to take every current flimflam and flapdoodle aired in popular science media such as Tyson’s as some sort of truth to be acted on?
That’s certainly been the message of the most recent episode of his remake of Cosmos : the crackpot’s panspermia, Gaia hypothesis, and as-if Star Trek.
As noted earlier, de Grasse Tyson’s team decided that what the world needs to hear right now is their own scattered reflections about, well, all kinds of stuff they care about. And think of it as “science.”
Nobody who intends to get all his pet causes adopted as “science” would like philosophy.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).
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