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Dan Savage Makes A Compelling Argument Against Sexual Monogamy on StarTalk: WATCH

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In his many years of doling out frank and sex-positive relationship advice, there’s one idea that Dan Savage has repeatedly revisited in the hopes of making his fans’ love lives better: human monogamy just isn’t all that natural. So many couples struggle with the fact that sexual desire for other people doesn’t just go away once they enter into committed monogamous relationships. The issue, Savage reasons, stems from the fact that most societies have failed to differentiate between social monogamy and sexual monogamy. In the latest episode of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, Savage outlines how historically we’ve held human sexuality up to unrealistic standards that have done more harm than good.

“All of these birds we used to look to and think ‘why can’t we be monogamous like birds,” Savage lays out. [We assumed] they would mate for life and we would measure our failure as humans to live up to the standards set by these damned birds. Well along comes genetic testing and we find out that these birds are screwing around with each other constantly.”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sciences The Meaning Of Life: VIDEO

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Astrophysicist extraordinaire Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a lecture on the 15th at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, and as  part of his presentation took some questions from the audience. One of those who spoke up was six-year-old "Young Jack" - which sounds like the name of a Scott Pilgrim character - who wants to be Neil deGrasse Tyson when he grows up, who enquired, "What's the meaning of life?"

Tyson, only mildly caught off guard by the question, went into a long and insightful response, saying in part,

To learn is to become closer to nature, and to learn how things work gives you power to influence events, gives you power to help people who may need it, the power to help yourselves, to shape a trajectory. So, when I think of 'What is the meaning of life?' to me that's not an eternal, unanswerable question. To me, that is in arm's reach of me every day. And so for you, at age six-and-three-quarters, may I suggest that for you, you should explore nature as much as you possibly can, and occasionally that means getting your clothes dirty because you might want to jump into puddles and your parents don't want you to do that. You tell them that I gave you permission.

The video is terrible - and vertical! - but the audio on the recording is just fine, so you can watch Tyson's full response AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Colbert Can't Wait Till Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Rest of Television 'Go Naked' - VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert is fascinated by the latest TV trend - nudity in reality programming. And he can't freakin' wait for it to catch on.

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Creationists Demand Airtime on ‘Cosmos’ for the Sake of Scientific Balance: AUDIO

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Answers in Genesis, the Ken Ham-led ministry dedicated to creationism, hasn’t been too thrilled about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s revival of the TV series Cosmos. After all, the show is centered on a scientifically backed exploration of the origin of life and our place in the universe and hasn’t once featured a creationist perspective! 

Answers in genesisRight Wing Watch reports that Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show on Thursday to criticize Cosmos, saying “creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all.”

Added Mefferd:

“Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.”

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SXSW 2014: Neil deGrasse Tyson Proves Science is 'Cool' Again - VIDEO

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Sxsw_2014_bugSXSW - Austin's annual tech, film, and music festival - is currently underway and has brought in thousands of film buffs, tech geeks, actors, and musicians from across the globe to meet, mingle, and enjoy the coolest city in Texas. And with the Interactive portion of the festival drawing to a close, what better time to look back on the things we've learned at SXSW 2014 so far.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Proves Science is "Cool" Again

If SXSW is any indicator of the current times, then we are at the dawn of a new renaissance in scientific interest and inquiry.

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was at SXSW as a keynote speaker and also to premiere his new show COSMOS (which aired globally Sunday night) has been championing all week the idea that science is slowly but surely becoming “mainstream.”

Said Tyson:

“I see the pendulum swinging back. We’ve spent a couple decades where it was fashionable to deny science in a big way, in an audacious way …The tone has shifted. I think the geek culture is rising up within the broader culture…It is a culture that will one day run the country and perhaps the world. And they do not fear science, they embrace science.”

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