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by Neil deGrasse Tyson, 224 pages, published 2 May 2017

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There’s no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the earth down to us succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in the busy day. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reveals just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

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  • -3 votes

    So Tyson brings the earth down to us
    from the Big Bang to black holes

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/sexual-mis...

    • +1 vote

      So much identity politics… The writter being black and a woman? Surely she wins at least a silver in the oppression Olympics.

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        You have to also be trans or gay to win the gold.

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          No, it's genderless and gay, by some feat of mental gymnastics I believe I've seen reference to such a thing.

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        being black and a woman?

        The woman was black too.

        What does that have to do with it?

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          She writes with the overused tone and perspective "as a women" "as a black person", which I am growing so tired of in, for example, the guardian, but which is present in all media.

          I think it's entirely possible to have an opinion as a rational and informed human being without having to appeal to collectivist simplifications of personal identity, history and culture. I mean, is using phrases like "as a black person" meant to imply that there is some fundamental similarity to the way all black people think? Wouldn't that suggestion fit with the definitions of stereotypes which the many "isms" are trying to overcome?

          Moreover, it seems that invoking ones womenhood or blackness is generally an attempt to legitimise ones perspective as being uniquely resistant to rebuttal, when really, claims and opinions should probably be evaluated in their merits without so much reference to the authors gender and culture of origin.

          I don't feel the need to preface everything I say with "as a straight white male with glasses who enjoys but is pretty ludicrously bad at first person shooter games"… Perhaps I'm doing it wrong.

          Tldr- my eyes generally roll back into my head when I read something which involves status of gender, race, sexual identification etc because it is generally a sign that I'll be soon reading about the gender wage gap and the patriarchy rather than a set of well reasoned arguments and justified opinions.

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    Bachelor joke.