Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Spoiler Alert: There Is No "Dark Side Of The Moon"
Let's face it, science and art are different. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Emmy-nominated host of the Nat Geo show "StarTalk" is interested in both, but he's not afraid to blow the whistle.
Tyson got right the point in breaking the bad news: "There is no dark side of the moon. There's a far side and there's a near side, but all sides of the mood receive sunlight across the month."
"The fact that Pink Floyd had an album with that title, I spend decades having to undo people [ideas] as an educator," Tyson joked. "So if I had a time machine, I'd go back and change the title of that to The Far Side Of The Moon and I would restore thousands of hours of my life back."
Inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999, The Dark Side … has been appropriately shrouded in mysteries for decades, including the theory that it intentionally syncs up perfectly with the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz (It does, by the way).
But here, Tyson uses the album in this context to illustrate a point, arguing "pop culture is such a force in the world that it's very hard to undo something that people are mis-thinking if it is embedded in pop culture. … One needs to stay vigilant to maintain a sound foundation of what you will then think next."