Constantly Claimed By Atheists, Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds To That Whole Concept — Wonderfully

John Lennon once sang "This ism, that ism, ism ism ism." I wonder if Neil deGrasse Tyson occasionally hums that tune?

 

One of his main points is that once you’ve declared yourself an “ist” of some sort, all kinds of assumptions follow.


Just look at what people assume about Bernie Sanders, for example, because he calls himself a “democratic socialist.” Or what follows when you describe yourself as a lot of other "ists" — a capitalist, a theist, an idealist, an opportunist. Or an atheist. 

But I think the salient point that Tyson makes here is really perfect: “At the end of the day, I’d rather not be any category at all.”

That makes total sense.

(Full disclosure: I am an atheist, but I’m not one of the convention-going, agenda-having ones that he describes in this video. I just move through life without the need of a god.)

For more, here are some of his clips on Big Think, and his books and other things live here.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Want to age gracefully? A new study says live meaningfully

Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Surprising Science
  • A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
  • Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
  • The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Keep reading Show less
Promotional photo of Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones
Surprising Science
  • It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
  • In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
  • The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
Keep reading Show less

This 1997 Jeff Bezos interview proves he saw the future coming

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.

Technology & Innovation
  • Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
  • He was inspired by a statistic he learned while working at a hedge fund: In the '90s, web usage was growing at 2,300% a year.
  • Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
Keep reading Show less