A recent Gallup poll has suggested that upwards of 46% of Americans believe both in god as well as in some variant of the “young Earth creation” myth that states the world and humanity were created, as it is now, at some point in the last 10,000 years. Despite mountains of empirical data which thoroughly debunk these myths, the recalcitrant religious right holds to such lines regardless. But such is not sitting well with noted astrophysicist and public science advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson, who during the second half of a discussion with Bill Moyers, said that those in the Republican right wing who seem intent on fighting science at every turn, are “born into” an ignorance with far-reaching economic affects that be believes cannot last long.
During the interview, the “rock star scientist” and host of the upcoming special “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” tore into the matter of religion in the science classroom, when he suggested that state power in regards to the standardization of science education was largely to blame for America’s rapidly declining educational ranking globally. Adding in then an economic dynamic to the matter, Tyson theorized that such religious orthodoxy as is found in the Republican party, would likely be short-lived and “self-correcting,” noting that the hampering of proper education by way of religious influences was contributing also to the nation’s overall economic decline as well.
[box type=”shadow”]“Some Republican is going to wake up and say, ‘Look guys, we got to split these two, we have to, otherwise we’ll doom ourselves to poverty. It’s “just a matter of electing into office people who know…how money gets generated.”[/box]
Watch the full discussion between Tyson and Moyers in the video below:
h/t: Raw Story