Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks out against the 2012 hoax
Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and, since 1996, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.
He is one of the most recognized figures in American science, and has popularized astronomy and astrophysics.
From the Hayden Planetarium Web page:
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.
Appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show.
The U.S. television show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” hosted Neil deGrasse Tyson, and ran him through an “Internet Personality Test”, which was a series of questions about internet usage. Question number 5 was “What’s the last link someone sent you that you wished you hadn’t clicked on?”
Tyson’s answer was:
Oh it’s all these apocalyptic 2012 links, there’s millions of them. They send it to me asking me to explain to them whether or not the world will be here December 21st, 2012, and so these are… it’s… it’s… this is rampant throughout America, meanwhile in the Far East there’s a toddler solving a Rubik’s Cube. So, this is the beginning of the end of the American civilization, that people are so distressed believing that the Earth is going to tip off of its axis and end on December 21st, 2012. Don’t get me started. The struggle continues. There’s no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that the Earth might end on December 21st, 2012. It’s a profound absence of awareness of the laws of physics and how nature works. So they’re missing some science classes in their training, in high school, or in college that would empower you to understand and to judge when someone else is basically just full of it. Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you.
Videos with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on 2012.
2010 World Science Festival, June 7th, 2010.
Fora.tv recorded in November of 2009 at the Los Angeles Public Library.
NOVA scienceNOW – Ask the Expert.