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Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 10:30 p.m. MDT

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Ohio-LDS
NE, OH

My family loves Cosmos. It makes a great addition to our sabbath. Church in the morning; science at night. Last week my children and I had a wonderful talk about how our family tree includes not only grandparents, but squid.

toshi1066
OGDEN, UT

It was fantastic to see and hear him. I love that he kicked off his shoes and ran back and forth on the stage in his socks. His enthusiasm for science and sharing it was everything I'd hoped it would be,educational, funny and fabulous all in one.

Thanks for coming Dr. Tyson!

Esquire
Springville, UT

“Who’s old enough to remember when we used to dream about tomorrow?” I am. And I posit that the current conservative movement has taken that away from us.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

As Neil deGrasse Tyson says, even if you don't believe science, it's still true.
This applies to bgrnathan.

Candide
Salt Lake City, UT

I thought that the DesNews censors wouldn't allow posting of advertising and off topic items in the comments. See bgrnathan

I was encouraged by the fact that so many people wanted to see him that the U phone system and ticket site went down with the volume of requests for tickets. Those of us that are enthusiastic about science need to communicate that love with the rest of the world. Then maybe we can develop that culture of hope and excitement for the future that Dr. Tyson spoke of in his lecture.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

The "war" between religion and science is pure foolishness.

Some great scientists were/are religious. Some great scientists were/are not.

In the LDS faith, we have had many examples of men of science who have become apostles or have nurtured sons who became apostles. Other religions also have had great scientific thinkers.

Really, the idea that there must be conflict is nonsense.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Article quote: "Tyson talked about how al-Ghazali’s writings influenced those who read them to believe that anything that happened was something divinely caused, instead of being the product of some external force. “The God-willing part substitutes for curiosity, and so the natural world became the will of God instead of something you don’t understand and you want to go figure out,” he said. The lack of Islamic reliance on science “affects the world to this day,” he said."

Better not tell this to Pres. Obama. He claims that Muslims have made "significant" contributions to every advancement America and the world as a whole have made.

And, to the poster above who said that there should be no contention/war whatsoever between science and religion, I whole-heartedly agree. James E. Faust: "A miracle is simply a triumph of a higher physical law over a lesser physical law."

Science is cool!

Paddycakes
South Jordan, UT

What should be remembered that Rock-stary Neil deGrasse is not in direct conflict with Christian dogma and denies Creation for the benefit of Humanist science why denies and rejects the foundation of Christian principles that it was God who created the universe and, you and me. Albeit deGrasse is entertaining, he is a denier of the Christian faith and the existence of God Almighty and creationism. Albeit entertaining on it's face, his world life view/philosophy is antithetical to Christian dogma and creationism. Embracing Tyson is rejecting your Christian roots for the sake of 'acceptance' by the scientific community, and many cannot reject that acceptance for the furtherance of their career in the scientific community, for which, if they embraced publicly their Christian heritage and believes, they would be ostracized from their peers. The thrush is that Tyson embraces pagan doctrine which soundly rejected by Christian thought the world. It is tripe and insult Christians and a slap in the face of our core believes that God creating the universe and you and me. Like all pagans, he shall give an account one day, for which he denies.

airnaut
Everett, 00

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Better not tell this to Pres. Obama. He claims that Muslims have made "significant" contributions to every advancement America and the world as a whole have made.

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Obama was right--

The Muslims gave the Europeans:
Mathmatics, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, and Philosophy during the "Dark Ages", and enlighted them -- usruring in the Middle Ages.

We have the Muslims to thank for everything we know from the Greeks, Romans, and Ottoman Empires.

Obama was addressing the Muslims 1,200 years ago,
eGrasse was addressing the Muslims of today.

Sort of like most Mormons were Progessive 150 years ago,
and many are Oppressive today.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

if you watch the show you would no he never denies god or believers and even tells stories about christian thinkers. great stories like the one about the monk thet if you belive in god then the universe must go on forever. the chatholic church burned him.

Ralph
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, we know, A Guy With a "Brain"...

It's Obama's fault.

We get it. Whatever Muslims did 900 years ago is Obama's fault.

And what they're doing today? it's Obama's fault.

Earthquakes, disease, terrorism, Russian aggression, etc.... Obama's fault.

belgie
Tualatin, OR

One can accept science without accepting a particular scientist's religious (or lack thereof) views. It is frustrating when people try to tie the two together.

viejogeezer
CARLSBAD, CA

Frankly, on this issue I'm on the side of B H Roberts, James E Talmadge, John A Widtsoe, and David O McKay. Not so much Bruce McConkie and Joseph Fielding Smith.

Apocalypse please
Bluffdale, UT

@ Twin Lights

Except of course when there is a conflict between science and religion eg young earth creationism, a global flood, Adam and Eve, Native American DNA, BOM anachronisms, Book of Abraham etc.

The way science and religion gain and assert truth are fundamentally different. To paraphrase Neil deGrasse Tyson it's ok to say that we don't know certain things (abiogenesis), but it's not ok to say you know something when you don't.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Apocalypse please,

First, I am fully aware that science and religion assert themselves differently. As to folks saying they know stuff when they don't - hardly limited to the religious world and not unknown in the science world. Simply a human thing.

Second, I subscribe to most but not all of the "conflicts" you list. Of those I do subscribe to, I simply don't think all are conflicts. Where there are, I am willing to wait and see.

When I was young I recall very strident statements that the historical Christ did not likely exist. I also recall when claims such as writing on metal plates were virtually unknown.

Perhaps some think that what we know today is all we will ever know about these issues. I don't. And I am willing to see how things play out.

There have been many prominent scientists among the various world religions who have been able to find a peaceable blend between science and religion. I think I can do the same.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Science is simply trendy, transitory theories that will soon change.

Revelation* from God such as knowledge about the planets and stars received by Moses, Abraham and Joseph Smith has been dispensed to the general public since the 1830s.

Go to the "Pearl of Great Price", to learn about scripture power found in the triple combination of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.

* We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things....Aricle of FAith #9

Jimmytheliberal
Salt Lake City, UT

@Ralph...My thoughts exactly sir! Fantastic comment. Is it not so tiresome and ridiculous? You would believe one might actually use their brain at some point as our mutual friend's handle name clearly states.

ibeheard
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To Paddycakes

Albert Einstein will be creating worlds long before you. And so will Tyson.

ThinksIThink
SEATTLE, WA

There doesn't have to be any conflict between science and religion so long as religion is willing to change when the facts demonstrate it's teachings were inaccurate.

For example, the fields of genetics, archeology, and linguistics have revealed that many religious teachings about ancient America were false. If the church modifies the teachings to be in accord with the discovered facts, then the conflict with science disappears.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Science tells us how,
Religion tells us why.

Science explains facts about creation and destruction, beginnings and endings,
Religion gives us hope for Salvation, and explains our endless-ness.

Those who reject Science due to Religion,
are just as damned as those who reject Religion due to Science.

Either way --
A man can not be saved in ignorance.
The Glory of God is Intelligence.

I welcome and accept truth,
Mormonism is the Gospel of Truth -- go from wherever it may.

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