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Neil deGrasse Tyson on truth, disinformation and propaganda


By: First

“We’ve evolved to say well to ourselves: if we hear something often, it must be true… And this is the soul of propaganda.”

The year 2022 saw extraordinary advances in science and space exploration.

For the first time, astronomers were able to capture an image of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy; NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope identified the most distant single star ever observed; and the launch of the James Webb telescope provided the sharpest image of the distant universe yet.

But despite these groundbreaking advances, science faces a crisis of legitimacy. Public mistrust of science is on the rise and scientific disinformation continues to flourish online.

In a First special, Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium and author of Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, joins Marc Lamont Hill to discuss space exploration, scientific disinformation and propaganda.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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