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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‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.