Friday, May 11, 2012
World-renowned astrologer, Neil DeGrasse Tyson rejects the label of "atheist" because it's too messy and makes people feel things. Much like the the crew of The Sceptic's Guide to the Galaxy netcast (Rebecca Watson, netzine writer, & Skull Dr. Steven Novella), deGrasse Tyson ignores meanings and definitions of words if they are too pedantic, or cause him stress. Unlike pedants and other word Nazis, deGrasse Tyson rejects etymology and denotation for connotation and "whatever the fuck I feel like making a word mean", which I'm going to assume is typical of astrologers. Like the astrologers, train engineers, and physicians involved in the Mars Climate Orbiter success, deGrasse Tyson only cares about words and their meanings in so far as they effect his work. Which is convenient for him and allows him the opportunity to appear "above the fray". A fine thing, until you get pushed out the window you are so intent on ignoring.