God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance, an interview with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
For those who don’t know:
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, host of the PBS series NOVA Science Now and co-host (with comedienne Lynne Koplitz) of the radio show Star Talk. He is the author of nine books including his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist and his most recent, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet.
Some quotes from Neil deGrasse Tyson:
The day that you stop looking — because you’re content God did it — I don’t need you in the lab. You’re useless on the frontier of understanding the nature of the world.
I don’t even care if someone wants to say “You don’t understand that; God did it.” That doesn’t even bother me. What would bother me is if you were so content in that answer that you no longer had curiosity to learn how it happened. The day that you stop looking — because you’re content God did it — I don’t need you in the lab. You’re useless on the frontier of understanding the nature of the world. I’m glad, whoever those folks are, that there aren’t that many of ‘em. Because if they dominated the world, we’d still be in the cave. We would have never left the cave. Because “there are mysterious things out there, and God is doing that, and you don’t need to know that, and don’t even think about it.” Where would we be, if their understanding of the world ruled the world?