11 Times Neil deGrasse Tyson Shut Down Science Skeptics on Twitter in the Best Way-
The internet can be a great place, where ideas and information are shared freely for the benefit of everyone.
At the same time, it can also be a hub of misinformation, and a growing hotbed of skepticism when it comes to scientific theories that many would regard as no-brainers.
A casual scroll through Twitter will show you that there are people who question everything, from the shape of the Earth to the validity of climate change. Luckily, one brave scientist has taken up the task of shutting down misinformation and educating the masses - Neil deGrasse Tyson. Here are just some of the American astrophysicists finest Twitter clapbacks.
1. The Infamous B.o.B. Incident: How to Deal With A Flat-Earther
Back in 2016 the media was quick to report on a series of tweets by rapper B.o.B. where he voiced his skepticism regarding the shape of our planet. Like a growing number of people on the internet, B.o.B. had come to believe that the earth was flat, and that his photograph showing no curvature on the horizon proved his point.
Enter Neil deGrasse Tyson, who shot down these claims with his trademark wit. Sometimes a short and snappy response is the best way to go.
2. But How Do We KNOW?!: Explaining Scientific Tools
There are a lot of users on Twitter who want to prove commonly accepted scientific facts wrong. Like this user, who questioned how we could possibly know anything about the sun for certain without having visited it.
Thankfully, deGrasse Tyson was online and ready to point out that tools are a thing. And that these tools allow us to stay a safe distance from the sun while observing its activity.
3. Moon Landing Skepticism: How Could We Hear the Landing?
One of the most enduring conspiracy theories is the supposed moon landing "hoax". Skeptics of the moon landing will point to many aspects of the footage which they consider to be proof that the entire achievement took place in a movie studio.
This user thought they had a real "gotcha" moment on their hands when they pointed out that sound doesn't travel in space. Unfortunately for them, as deGrasse Tyson pointed out, this doesn't prove that the landing was faked. If anything, it simply proves that we have some pretty cool technology at our disposal when it comes to the conversion of EM waves.
4. Citations Needed: Shutting Down Misinformation
People occasionally accuse deGrasse Tyson of pedantry, especially when it comes to his critiques of science in major blockbuster films. But it's important to understand that he's a scientist, trying to make sure that pseudo-science and misinformation don't prevail online.
In this instance, the user was close to being correct, but not quite. The internet gives us the opportunity to spread information, but it's our responsibility to ensure that that information is correct and accurate.
5. Classroom Clapback: Calling Out Academic Perceptions of Science
There's a lot of talk nowadays