Anyone with the slightest interest in astrophysics (or The Big Bang Theory) would have heard the name, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The notorious astrophysicist is popular for his bold and cheeky remarks as well as his never-give-a-damn attitude. No wonder then that when he got down discussing God, science and capitalism, all in one breath, he got people talking.View this post on Instagram
Yup, we are talking about his infamous (and super fun) interview for Russell Brand’s Luminary Original podcast Under The Skin.
Neil arrived for the podcast to promote his book Letters From An Astrophysicist but landed up dropping some major truth bombs on the show. From discussing the inevitable possibility of a God to the ongoing argument that it’s hard to apply the tools of science to realms that may be beyond sensory experiences, Neil candidly answered it all.
At one point, Russell Brand couldn’t help but exclaim “come on, there must be God!”View this post on Instagram
During the interview Neil also addressed one of the biggest burning questions – how can science be objective as it exists within a capitalist consumer culture that has certain agendas and objectives?
Is science controlled by the rich and powerful?View this post on Instagram
Explaining the role of capitalism in science, he pointed out how research and funding are driven by geopolitical forces. It could mean economic, it could mean militaristic or hegemonistic. It, however, does not affect what science finds to be objectively true.
“Scientists are human like anybody else and we have bias like anybody else.”View this post on Instagram
Neil deGrasse Tyson also discussed how science has systems and tools in place to ferret out any pre-existing bias. Anyone can pick your experiment, conduct and show their results. It helps call out bias and questions your credibility as a scientist.
Excited to get an insider’s take on everything science, Russell got Neil to dabble on how science has propelled human understanding and how we interface with the unknowable. He even went on to address the role of ancient spiritual texts.View this post on Instagram
Can’t get enough of Neil’s in-depth knowledge of the scientific universe?
Head to Luminary to catch the full podcast of Neil deGrasse Tyson with Russell Brand for Under the Skin.
You can also check out his other episodes with intriguing people from different walks of life. He interviews a Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger, talks about crypto and finance with Jordan Belfort and also addresses death and grief with expert David Kessler in one of the many episodes.
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