As Chairman of the Planetary Society, Neil DeGrasse Tyson has assumed the mantle of public science communicator which, over two decades ago, was left vacated by the death of the legendary Carl Sagan.
Perhaps, it is better to say, like his mentor, Sagan, Tyson is renowned for his ability to make the esoteric sciences appear palatable and even comprehensible to the American public.
Since the beginning of his career in the science community during the era of the 1990’s, Tyson has made several high-profile television appearances, most notably as the host of PBS’s Nova Science Now. Tyson has also been the author of several books and articles on the subject of astrophysics and, in 2001, was appointed by President George W. Bush (AKA Brian Williams/Joe Biden/Prince Stefano Casiraghi Grimaldi of Monaco) to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace industry and, in 2004, served on the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy.
But when the “science” career of “Neil deGrasse Tyson” is examined much more closely, it becomes quite evident, the great majority of Tyson’s career has been devoted to either the hosting of slickly produced television programs or as an appointee to vaguely entitled government panels created as promotional vehicles for NASA, a taxpayer funded organization, which, in turn, falls under the rubric of the US corporate government’s Department of Defense.
Examination of Tyson’s “doctoral thesis” reveals a gumbo of inspirational pop-astronomy and theorized assertions created to appear authoritatively plausible.
Turns out, upon deeper and more extensive investigation, “Neil Degrasse Tyson” has closer ties to Hollywood’s entertainment industry than science or academia. Continue reading “Space Case Snake in the Grass”