And Finally Beef Of The Week

CMU Beef Of The Week #101: Miley Cyrus v Haters Of Science

By | Published on Friday 9 March 2012

Miley Cyrus

Earlier this month, Miley Cyrus posted to Twitter a photograph of theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss which was superimposed with one of his quotes, which reads: “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live”.

She added a quote of her own: “Beautiful”. And she’s right, Krauss’ words are quite poetic – see science can be fun even when Brian Cox isn’t rubbing his face all over it. Not all of Cyrus’s followers agreed though, and the tweet received a flurry of angry replies, such as this one: “would U post anything that said ‘Forget Allah’??? I hope U never claim 2 B of God/Jesus again….just saying! oh….& I hope ya’ll enjoy ur fame & fortune now….cuz you can’t take it w/you when you evaporate into star dust!!!!”

Faced with an argument put so articulately, you might think that would have been Cyrus told, but no. Miley stood her ground. Earlier this week she returned to Twitter to say: “How can people take the love out of science and bring hate into religion so easily? It makes me sad to think the world is this way. Like Einstein says: ‘Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind'”.

You might say that Miley Cyrus quoting theoretical physicists is a sign of the coming apocalypse, but that’s because you’re a horrible cynic. And surely a world where popstars have opinions on things and debate issues of science and religion with their Twitter followers is better than one where they just tweet shit like: “All this aircon on planes! Grrrrr”.