In part three of his interview, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on Moyers & Company to talk about why science literacy is critical to the future of our democracy, economy and standing in the world. Below are some highlight clips from the episode and a Bill Moyers essay on politicians who deny scientific facts.
On Scientific Literacy and Politics
Tyson believes voters need a basic level of science literacy to make informed political choices.
On American Student’s Poor Performance in Science and Math
Our students’ weak test performance is “the beginning of the end of what we thought of as America … that had a priority of leading the world,” Tyson says.
Bill Moyers on Politicians Denying Climate Change and Evolution
Bill Moyers takes on radical-right Republicans for denying the science behind evolution and climate change, showing a video clip of Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), chairman of oversight and investigations for the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives, who says evolution is a lie “straight from the pit of hell” and climate change, a hoax.