The Tusk recently appeared as a guest on the UnchartedX YouTube series. It was fun and I have a lot of respect for Ben’s work to publicize the YDIH and the Comet Research Group.
But if had to do the podcast over again, I would have made more than a passing reference to an idea of mine. In the podcast, I suggested Joe Rogan question his regular guest Neil DeGrasse Tyson about his thoughts with regard to the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.
I love Joe Rogan, and The Joe Rogan Experience is a close second to my very favorite podcast (Sam Harris’ ‘Making Sense‘.) Given his curiosity and access, Joe plays a unique role as a conduit of scientific information. Joe has hosted many of the world’s most celebrated “Science Communicators” and his relaxed off-the-cuff style presents science in an approachable manner to millions who might otherwise miss out on these facts and ideas.
Interesting modern minds appear with Rogan, like physicist and futurist Michio Kaku, mathematician Eric Weinstein, geneticist and longevity expert David Sinclair, mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, uncredentialed blowhard Bill Nye, and a host of other scientists, including the Grand Dame of mainstream science communication: Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Joe is also prized by the Tusk, and surely our readers, for his interviews with advocates for ideas on the fringe of science (or perhaps a bit beyond the fringe), including: Area 51 expert Bob Lazar, geologist Robert Schoch, alternative history author Anthony West, UFOlogist Tom Delonge, alternative medicator Andrew Weil M.D., and Tusk buddies and YDIH popularizers Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson, among other assorted characters from outside the mainstream.
But the Tusk is interested in encouraging the fruitful intersection of the two worlds of Joe Rogan. In particular, Joe is missing an opportunity to put the mainstream on the spot, and seek their learned opinion on the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.
Here’s the pitch: Joe, ask your friend and frequent guest Neil Tyson what he thinks of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. #askneilnow
Tyson, via Rogan, is uniquely qualified to bring attention to our favorite subject. His audience is in the millions and he can bring popularity — if not legitimacy — to any subject he chooses. Joe’s audience, and Joe himself, is in-turn well-schooled in the Clovis Comet, based on many hours of interviewing Hancock and Carlson.
The proposed exchange promises to be fascinating. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has never ONCE mentioned the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis in public. This is surprising since there is simply no way a science omnivore like Neil is ignorant of the subject.
My gut says Tyson is not poorly informed but rather strategically quiet on the matter, knowing his bread and butter is “defending the known,” rather than questioning previously established globally-consequential paradigms (in this case, that climate-changing cosmic collisions have ever occurred in human history).
I further suspect Tyson may believe the YDIH is perhaps true, but chooses to stay mum, rather than run the risk of being embarrassed if The Hypothesis ultimately does not pan out, or worse, he is branded as “pseudoscientific” for communicating prematurely on the subject.
Could you help me encourage such a query? The Tusk has taken the liberty of conjuring a preliminary hashtag for the effort — #askneilnow — which could be tweeted to Rogan and others to bring attention to our common interest. An eye catching meme reflecting the effort is also in order, if any creatives out there could produce one for others to post.