ICYMI: Earlier this week rapper B.o.B tried to convince everyone that the Earth is flat. He posted a multitude of photographs that he believed to back his (absurd) theory.
Enter Neil deGrasse Tyson. Ol’ Neily Neil responded to B.o.B’s claims with science and other new and exciting things such as facts and logic:
B.o.B wasn’t just going to sit there and take it sitting down, nah girr! He half stood up in a recording studio and released a sick diss track:
Tyson then appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to remind B.o.B what’s good.
“Listen B.o.B., once and for all. The Earth looks flat because, one, you’re not far enough away, at your size.” OHHHHHH SHIT.
“Two, your size isn’t large enough relative to Earth to notice any curvature at all. It’s a fundamental fact of calculus and non-Euclidean geometry, small sections of large curved surfaces will always look flat to little creatures that crawl upon it.” TELL ‘EM.
“But this whole thing is just a symptom of a larger problem: There’s a growing anti-intellectual strain in this country, and it may be the beginning of the end of our informed democracy,” Tyson said. “Of course, in a free society, you can and should think whatever you want. If you want to think the world is flat, go right ahead. But if you think the world is flat, and you have influence over others – as would successful rappers or even presidential candidates – then being wrong becomes being harmful to the health, the wealth and the security of our citizenry. Discovery and exploration got us out of the caves, and each generation benefits from what previous generations have learned. Isaac Newton, my man, said, ‘If I have seen farther than others, it’s by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ So that’s right B.o.B., when you stand on the shoulders of those who came before, you might just see far enough to realize the Earth isn’t f–ing flat.”
Neil ended his speech with a solid mic drop and a rap rebuttal: