The frontier of discovery is a messy place. You don't know what the next step is, sometimes you don't even know what question to ask. As the area of our knowledge grows, so too does the perimeter of our ignorance. It's thrilling and scary at the same time... The scientific method is whatever it takes to not fool yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or into thinking something is not true that is. That pathway, it's not straight; it's curved, it has off-ramps to nowhere, and you don't know which of the paths in front of you are going to lead to the right place... The cool thing about it is that nature is the ultimate judge, jury, and executioner. You can argue all you want, but if nature disagrees with you, you're wrong. If you care about critical thinking and science literacy, the degree to which you believe something is true should be proportional to the evidence that supports it. If after all the experiments are done, there is convergence in a result, you have successfully winnowed out the effects of bias on that result. No one is without bias -- just be ready to get your stuff checked. And be ready to abandon your cherished thoughts and ideas in the face of conflicting evidence.
- There are quite a few extraterrestrials walking around, humanoid ones, so we've got them walking amongst us. You may just think they look like nice people, or they may feel a bit different to you, but they're there and you see them every day.
- How is it that these higher-dimensional energies can be brought down, can be downloaded, into our ordinary four-dimensional space-time experience?
- There are thousands, possibility millions, out there leading these double lives. They will lead us into telepathic abilities, they will lead us into being able to heal ourselves, even to being able to change our bodies.
- The DNA in us can exist as a toroid. It can be used as a tool to bring higher-dimensional energy into our physical bodies, convert it into electromagnetic fields that can then be used to convert the physiological and biochemical processes in us.
- I was contacted by a being who said he was from the constellation of Orion.
- You want to know what your DNA is? It's 34% human, 28% tall white Zeta, and 38% Annunaki.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has become deservedly famous for his efforts to bring the latest findings of astronomers and astrophysicists to laypeople. Not only has he given hundreds of public talks on everything from the Big Bang to UFOs, a couple of years ago he launched (and hosted) an updated reboot of Carl Sagan's wildly successful 1980 series Cosmos.
He has also communicated his vision through his writing, and this week's Skeptophilia book-of-the-week is his 2019 Letters From an Astrophysicist. A public figure like Tyson gets inundated with correspondence, and Tyson's drive to teach and inspire has impelled him to answer many of them personally (however arduous it may seem to those of us who struggle to keep up with a dozen emails!). In Letters, he has selected 101 of his most intriguing pieces of correspondence, along with his answers to each -- in the process creating a book that is a testimony to his intelligence, his sense of humor, his passion as a scientist, and his commitment to inquiry.
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