Neil deGrasse Tyson as “Censor of the Year”?

The Discovery Institute is usually a reliable source of humorous “breathtaking inanity,” and this Darwin Day I wasn’t disappointed by its seasonal contribution to the festivities.

Well, I was disappointed for my own sake, since yet again I did not win the Discovery Institute’s “Censor of the Year” award, which is much coveted by those of us who hold the radical notion that science is awesome. But once I overcame my feelings of loss, I turned to examine the person they chose for this curious honor: Neil deGrasse Tyson. And then the inanity swept over me.

Huh? Neil deGrasse Tyson? What terrible act of censorship does the Discovery Institute say he committed?

Maybe Tyson personally intervened at the publisher HarperOne to prevent it from publishing Stephen Meyer’s latest “intelligent design” book. That would certainly qualify as censorious behavior. But Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt is for sale on Amazon, where it is doing so well it ranks #3 in the “Christian Books & Bibles>Theology>Creationism” category.

Perhaps Tyson was able to censor the latest book by “intelligent design” advocate William Dembski, Being As Communion: A Metaphysics of Information. (It’s always a bad sign when the title sounds like a random word salad.) But it seems that Tyson’s alleged censorious pull isn’t worth much with publishers these days, because you can buy Dembski’s book on Amazon as well, though as of today it’s ranked #119,897, which might have something to do with it containing sparkling sentences such as: “Given that information is a logarithmic transformation of probability, we therefore define the amount of information in an arbitrary event E as I(E) = -log2P(E).”

No, in the strange alternate reality of “intelligent design” advocates, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become a notorious censor simply by appearing in his own television series.

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