Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science is true "whether or not you believe in it"

"That’s why it works," the astrophysicist explained to Stephen Colbert

Prachi Gupta
March 11, 2014 6:24PM (UTC)

Sexy astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made his tenth "Colbert Report" appearance on Monday, this time promoting the return of his Fox documentary series, "Cosmos."

As Bill Nye continues to engage in non-debate debates, like his recent one with creationist Ken Ham, Tyson reminded viewers that science is true "whether or not you believe in it."


“Once science has been established, once a scientific truth emerges from a consensus of experiments and observations, it is the way of the world," Tyson told Colbert. "What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works.”

Watch the two-part interview below:

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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