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Science in Service of Democracy: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Scientific Literacy and the Quest for Truth

My notes on the recent beautiful short from Neil deGrasse Tyson and Redglass Pictures on the role of science in our democracy.

Science and democracy—the bedrock of modernity?

“When you have an established emergent scientific truth, it is true whether or not you believe in it. And the sooner you understand that, the sooner we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us.”
– Neil Degrasse Tyson, Science in America

Please enjoy this beautiful and inspiring short video from Neil deGrasse Tyson on science, democracy and truth:

I am proud to have been a student of ecology and wildlife biology throughout my 20s, and a student of science and reason in the broader sense throughout my 30s.

Trust in my senses and in my ability to ask questions, make observations and corroborate those observations through an array of measurement methods, cognitive frameworks and peer input has led me on an extraordinary journey. Either I have let go of—sometimes with sadness and great regret—outdated, outmoded and disproven beliefs about the “way things are”, or I have integrated and strengthened past truths in the cleansing fires of present insight.

This has been an indispensable gift that I have applied to relationships, personal development, business—even spirituality, creativity and art.

Science is neither perfect nor complete, but it is an as-nearly-perfect method for ascertaining truth as we have yet discovered. I am humbled and grateful to be a member of the science and reason community and I am confident that, as a vital expression of what makes humans unique and brilliant amongst animals, science will continue to be one of our most abiding tools well into the future.

Featured image, Newton, is a monotype by the English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake first completed in 1795, but reworked and reprinted in 1805.

The short film was created by Redglass Pictures. In their own words:

Redglass Pictures is an award-winning production studio co-founded by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason and based in New York City. Their body of work is defined by a simple idea: that short, cinematic storytelling has the power to touch, teach, and change people. No matter the story or subject, their vision remains the same: give viewers something to care about—something that sticks with them long after the end frame.