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Old 03-13-2018, 05:45 PM #1
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is blaming “flat earthers” for a downfall in education.

In his recent “Star Talk” video, the astrophysicist explained he’s had to live through scientific opinions of rapper B.o.B and NBA star Kyrie Irving, both of whom think the Earth is flat. Never mind the thousands of photos that exist of a spherical planet or the thousands of scientists that have studied the earth for over 2500 years. They know better.

So, he sat out on a crusade to explain the obvious — the Earth isn’t a giant blue pancake floating randomly like a lost game of Frisbee golf in the universe.

But when it came to explaining to the doubters why this is obvious, Tyson seemed a bit miffed.

“We have videos from space of the rotating spherical Earth,” he told Chuck Nice in the video. What’s interesting, according to Tyson, is that people who believe the Earth is flat, believe other planets and the moon are round.

Trying to make it simple so “flat earthers” can understand, Tyson walked through the shadows cast on the earth during a lunar eclipse. They’re never straight, they’re curved. An even more simple explanation is that if Nice kept walking all the way around the Earth, he’d end up where he began, but from the west.

Yet, no matter how simply Tyson attempted to explain the proof, there will always be some that call it an unproved “theory.”

“For me, the fact that there’s a rise of flat earthers is evidence of two things,” an exasperated Tyson continued. “One, we live in a country that protects free speech.”

His second point, however, was far more bleak: “We live in a country with a failed educational system,” he said. “Our system needs to train you not only what to know, but how to think about information, knowledge and evidence.”

His comments come as the religious right is demanding so-called “Creationism” be taught in schools along with the scientific process of evolution. Though Creationists have mocked flat earthers in the past.

“If you don’t have that kind of training, you’d run around and believe — anything,” he closed, vexed by ignorance.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:50 PM #2
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His comments come as the religious right is demanding so-called “Creationism” be taught in schools along with the scientific process of evolution. Though Creationists have mocked flat earthers in the past.
And yet the two flat-earth idiots you cited weren't educated in Christian schools......


Nice try, but that's not going to fly.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:55 PM #3
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This is why we need school choice nationally. Liberals like to attack the NRA and its influence but don't say sh-it about the teachers unions and their huge influence. Public schools are generally bad unless you live in some affluent area.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:03 PM #5
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This is why we need school choice nationally. Liberals like to attack the NRA and its influence but don't say sh-it about the teachers unions and their huge influence. Public schools are generally bad unless you live in some affluent area.
This right here.

And yet it's liberals who fight AGAINST school choice, which would "spread around the education" and most help the children of poor people.

Go figure....
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LOL yea I never quite got why flat earthers think out planet is flat, but all these other planets are round.

Someone needs to go troll them & double down on the flatness by saying those guys are fake cuz they are saying these clearly flat planets aren't round at all. All planets are flat lol.
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This is why we need school choice nationally. Liberals like to attack the NRA and its influence but don't say sh-it about the teachers unions and their huge influence. Public schools are generally bad unless you live in some affluent area.
Im for school choice but it doesnt fix public schools and doesnt change the fact that an overwhelming majority of our kids are in public schools.
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Tyson is a hack, but his complaint against the American school system is accurate.
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Im for school choice but it doesnt fix public schools and doesnt change the fact that an overwhelming majority of our kids are in public schools.
But it gets the ball rolling towards fixing the system. That's the point. It wont fix everything overnight, but it will give parents and students the choice to go somewhere else. If a local school district has constant fights, drug dealers, and gangbangers and some bright student doesn't want to be in that environment and wants to go to a better school in the next school district, they should be given that right.

Freedom of choice and association are hallmarks of American democracy. I find it anti-American to take that choice away.
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