Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys Creationist Nonsense with Lesson on How Fast Light Travels

neil-degrasse-tysonI was raised to try not to judge people who think differently than I do, and for the most part I believe I do a decent job of that.  Granted, I’m pretty harsh when it comes to my criticisms of Republicans, but I didn’t start out that way.  When I first got into politics I was much more polite and cordial to my conservative counterparts.  Then again, years ago conservatives weren’t as insane as they are today.  I really never thought proven science would suddenly become “opinion” simply because it doesn’t coincide with the ideology conservatives want to be real, but isn’t.

Though when it comes to these creationists who believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, I’ve essentially lost all my patience.  The more I think about a reality where someone can see the overwhelming amount of evidence which clearly tells us that our planet is much older than 6,000 years, yet still believe that the Earth is that young, the more I can’t come to any other conclusion than these people are insane.

Wouldn’t they have to be?

Take yesterday’s episode of Cosmos where Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how fast light travels and how the light from distant objects in space is hundreds, thousands, millions or even billions of years old.  And we know this because the speed at which light travels is something that can be scientifically proven and is indisputable.

Which would mean that if the Earth and the universe is only 6,000 years old, the oldest light we could see from any distant object couldn’t be older than 6,000 years.  And as Tyson pointed out, that wouldn’t even get us but a fraction of distance inside our own Milky Way galaxy, let alone to other galaxies which we know exist and we know are much further than 6,000 light years away.

Heck, our very own galaxy is 100,000-120,000 light years across.  Meaning, of course, that it would take light traveling from one side to the other 100,000-120,000 years to span the entire distance.

Here’s a preview for the episode, which you hopefully saw yesterday or have waiting on your DVR because it was excellent:

My mind can’t even grasp how delusional someone must be to either doubt the speed at which light travels, or to somehow believe that fact – yet still claim that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.  You would have to be completely and totally out of your mind to believe that.

I can’t say enough how thrilled I am that Cosmos was relaunched.  Especially in this country as we continue to face a growing amount of people who seem to suddenly think that proven science is just “a matter of your opinion.”  I really hope other scientists come forward with even more shows that seek to educate people on facts to counter the millions of people who believe in these ridiculous myths.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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