Addressing the words without addressing their writer: This is a non-sensical statement that unnnecessarily moralizes the simple joy of bringing an idea to life. Also a great example of how Twitter’s core feature is the gutting of genuine dialogue – I don’t even know how one would begin to respond to this, because it’s not written to be part of any good-faith conversation.
Addressing their writer: By many accounts NDT is an arrogant exemplar of mansplaining, who dunks on the value of the arts and the humanities every chance he gets. Here’s one of those accounts, which responded to a Reddit question asking “Why are people so mean to Neil Degrasse Tyson?”:
"We were a small college club with around 10 members and on a whim one of our members emailed tyson’s agent to see if we could book him. We found out it would cost 40k (it raised to 50k in December of that year where I think it still might be) for his speaking fee plus expenses to have him come to our college for 1 day where he’d host a small lecture, a press meeting, dinner with up to 6 people, and the main lecture and a book signing time permitting. We decided to go for it, and spent a year where our club exclusively worked on bringing him in.
When he arrived, myself and others introduced ourselves and our fields of study. He went after first of us in humanities or soft sciences pretty much relentlessly from the get go. We’re all used to the philosophy major working at McDonald’s joke, but he wasn’t trying to be funny, and spent the ride from the airport making repeated comments about the uselessness of our majors. Additionally he spent about 5 minutes trying to show that logic was stupid but he was citing logical rules and Occam’s razor.
The small lecture was him bragging about how famous he was, and how easy it is to pull yourself out of poverty or etc. The dinner was for leaders of other clubs so helped us raise money. He took the piss out of how one student held her fork, and was impossibly smug when giving advice to physics students.
The main event was a terribly boring lecture consisting of fart jokes and fan service; teasing the upcoming TV series he was in and not much else. He spent a quarter of the time reading Sagan’s blue dot, which is nice but shouldn’t have cost us because it wasn’t his material.
He left at about 2am, and we were all exhausted because we had spent the day busy setting up and tearing down. The whole affair cost nearly 85k. The additional money being for locations, personnel, air fare, Tyson’s hotel, catering, etc."
$85,000! How many community events could have been funded for $85,000?