Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson claims the title “scientist” above all other “ists.” And yet, he says he is “constantly claimed by atheists.” So where does he stand? “Neil deGrasse, widely claimed by atheists, is actually an agnostic.”
I agree with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s stance on not being attached to any label or category since many people tend to want to label or categorise others based on their belief system, whether it is atheism or theism or any other kind of ism. Being attached to labels or movements and debating about the existence of god doesn’t really serve a productive purpose, and restricts the multidimensional aspects of our existence. Like what he shared, he doesn’t have time for debates and would prefer to continue spending his time to study the universe as a scientist (or astrophysicist) and getting more people to be curious about the natural world (or the wonders and mysteries of life and the universe).
I think the agnostic position probably sums up Neil Tyson’s stance the best too, since he prefers to be intellectually honest and admit there are some things he doesn’t know (yet) and this stance frees him to think for himself and stay open to any (new) evidence about God or spirituality. Also, not being assigned or attached to any label or category frees him from being associated with all the baggage that comes with a particular philosophy or belief system, as he pointed out. I think he appreciates engaging in conversations with people who can share or exchange ideas without necessarily have to debate with or discriminate one another based on the label or category they subscribe to. After all, he firmly believes that we are all connected to each other biologically, and to the universe atomically (based on the video “We are all connected” in which he was quoted), so I think he would advocate unity and harmony among human beings too, regardless of differences in belief systems.
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- Evidence for Atheism (reasonalliance.wordpress.com)
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