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Apologia 18: Enter Dr. Tyson
April 29, 2012, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Apologioi

From: Curt Ames []
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 2:28 AM
To: Christopher Ames
Subject: MD20

Been watching some really cool science-y things lately. You know what? Neal DeGrasse Tyson is awesome! He’s like the intellectual equivalent of Geno (who, it is rumored, is the extension of Chuck Norris’s lifeforce. Apparently it’s too powerful to be contained in non-fictional universes.) or the like. But he’s totally got the whole ‘standing on the backs of giants’ way of looking at things which is awesome. I mean, if it weren’t for the accumulated knowledge of the human race then it wouldn’t matter how smart anyone was- it’d be like trying to make it all the way round the Monopoly board while starting over at ‘go’ after every move. It’s like a kind of intellectual infrastructure that allows us to build on the accomplishments of the really super duper smart people who did all the hard stuff back when there weren’t any calculators- or Google. Crazy to think of the advances we’ve made in extending lifespans, eradicating diseases (though there are a lot to go!), comprehending the interactions of particles too small to be seen, and understanding what lies beyond this bluish dot we call Earth.

On a related note…. Did you know that Bill O’Reilly recently claimed that we don’t understand how the tides work? I seem to remember learning about it in like 4th grade.


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