Cosmic perspectives with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson writes, "Objective truths of science are not founded in belief systems. They are not established by the authority of leaders or the power of persuasion."

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Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book,

Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book, "Starry Messenger," is published by Henry Holt and Co. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Today’s political climate can be destructive, hateful and even violent, and there’s little room for civil discourse when people don’t agree on cold, hard facts. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) has spent his career studying the stars, space and our place in the universe — the big picture that we often lose sight of.

In his new book, he turns his perspective to the rifts in our own world, arguing that scientific inquiry can open wider understanding and enlightenment. He joins us to discuss the importance of rational thought, the pursuit of knowledge, and ways to test our own opinions as we debate and decide on important issues like race, gender, politics and religion.

Tyson’s new book is Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization.

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