People were left wondering over the weekend if star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has his head in the clouds after his latest comments about the recent back-to-back mass shootings were deemed insensitive.
Tyson noted that while the killings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas has people up-in-arms, data points to more people are killed by the flu or medical errors adding, “often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”
DeGrasse comments outraged people on social media, especially after 29 people were gunned down in the mass shootings and families are still grappling with the gruesome reality of what occurred, Yahoo reports.
In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.
On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…
500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide via Handgun
Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 4, 2019
“The difference is people are currently working on decreasing those other death toles, Neil. Jesus you’re awful,” said one commenter.
The difference is people are currently working on decreasing those other death toles, Neil.
Jesus you’re awful.
— Andy (@trtx84) August 4, 2019
“As you may or may not have noticed, part of the upset around this isn’t about the number of deaths, but rather the failure of government to adequately respond to a public health issue,” said another critic.
As you may or may not have noticed, part of the upset around this isn’t about the number of deaths, but rather the failure of government to adequately respond to a public health issue.
— Summer Brennan 🌈👠 (@summerbrennan) August 4, 2019
“Imagine tweeting this and thinking it adds anything to intelligent discourse,” said another.
Imagine tweeting this and thinking it adds anything to intelligent discourse
— Shaena Montanari (@DrShaena) August 4, 2019
“Why would you ever tweet this?” asked another.
Why would you ever tweet this?
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) August 4, 2019
The popular scientist and host of ‘Cosmos’ who recently got himself out of a controversial bind after allegations of sexual misconduct by two women, issued an apology early on Monday.
“My intent was to offer objectively true information that might help shape conversations and reactions to preventable ways we die,” he said.
“What I learned from the range of reactions is that for many people, some information –-my Tweet in particular — can be true but unhelpful, especially at a time when many people are either still in shock, or trying to heal – or both.
“I apologize for not knowing in advance what effect my Tweet could have on you. I am therefore thankful for the candor and depth of critical reactions shared in my Twitter feed.
“As an educator, I personally value knowing with precision and accuracy what reaction anything that I say (or write) will instill in my audience, and I got this one wrong.”