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Neil deGrasse Tyson Corrects the Science of … a Rapper’s Flat Earth Theories

No art form is safe from scientific critique.


What they taught you in school was a lie! … If we’re talking about “people stopped believing the Earth was flat 200 years ago,” because apparently some people still believe it. Neil deGrasse Tyson to the rescue!

Yesterday, rapper B.o.B took to Twitter to explain why we’re all sheeple who need to wake up (paraphrasing) and realize that the Earth isn’t round—closely following the release of his latest album, FIRE, on the 18th of January. You know, in case you needed a conspiracy theory of your own involving a rapper saying absurd things to draw attention to his music. (I’d actually feel better believing that.)

So, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took a break from his annoying-people-with-movie-minutiae (which too many people take too seriously to about the same degree as they think Tyson takes science in movies) to drop some knowledge on absurd misconceptions:

Despite Tyson also mentioning that correcting science mistakes is nothing personal (frequently the case) or anything against his music, B.o.B then tweeted a rap rebuttal. There’s really only one logical conclusion here: We finally get the epic Neil deGrasse Tyson scientific rap battle the world has been waiting for. It’s just too bad it’ll be about something so ridiculous. Can we just pay Tyson to spend all his time debunking absurd anti-science on the Internet?

(via Nerdist, image via John Roling on Flickr)

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