Philosophers Find They Have a New Fan on Social Media: MC Hammer


Why Science Needs Philosophy,” a multi-authored opinion piece published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), got a boost last Friday when rapper MC Hammer shared it with his 3.2 million followers on Twitter.

Philosophers responded by retweeting Hammer’s tweet and following him on the site, and Hammer often returned the favor. For example:

MC Hammer, known for hits such as “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” in the early 1990s, has had an extensive music career, and has been a actor, producer, preacher, web mogul, and promoter of mixed martial arts, among other things.

His recent activities on Twitter show an interest not just in philosophy, but science and engineering as well, and included a weekend shout out to science and philosophy:

You can follow him on Twitter here.


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Rollo Burgess
3 years ago

On a somewhat depressing day (first grey British day after Greek sunshine…) this made me smile.

Good for MC Hammer!