Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted to his 5.43 million followers on June 29: “Earth needs a virtual country: #Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence." I’m a big fan of Tyson’s, but I think that tweet is a good illustration of why we can’t solve all of our problems just by handing over government to The Scientists.
- “Rationalia" isn’t. Humans are not so constituted as to be able to function in a world of pure rationality.
- A one-line constitution is not desirable.
- If you’re going to boil a nation’s goals down to one line, that’s the wrong line.