Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Scientific institutions should know better

I had a bookmark to a YouTube video where Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about UFOs and all the argumentative fallacies regarding them. That person is one of the smartest people alive, I really admire him, and I think that he has done an astonishingly good job at popularizing science and getting some rationality to the public knowledge amidst the widespread of irrational superstition.

Today I went to watch that again because it's just such a great video. What do I encounter there?

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by St. Petersburg College."

This is really worthy of a facepalm. Double facepalm. How stupid can these people be? How completely and utterly stupid?

St. Petersburg College, you are not helping the spreading of science and rationality with stunts like this. You are only doing the exact opposite. You are doing the exact same thing as the irrational fanatics are doing.

This makes no sense. This kind of material that helps humanity should be free and public domain. Nobody should have such rights to knowledge and rationality. Nobody should have the right to shut down the broadcasting of this. Making it open and free is only a service to humanity.

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