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Tue Feb 24, 2015, 08:11 PM

41. The contrast between Dawkins and Tyson is this, their specialties...

 

are different.

Dawkins is a Biologist, so many religious beliefs are directly challenged by his field of study, and as a result, his field is more likely to be attacked on the basis of religion.

Tyson is an Astrophysicist, so his field is much more...exotic and, not sure of the terminology here, but less approachable by the layman, at least compared to Biology. People are less likely to know just enough about Astrophysics to get it completely wrong, they are more likely to get it completely wrong due to not understanding it at all. But as a result, religious based attacks against astrophysics is far less common, they are more likely to get attacked by pseudoscience and woo believers.

However, having seen Tyson's rants against astrology, I feel that he feels about that like Dawkins does about creationism.

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