Scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson Insists Jack Would Not Have Drowned


It is a question that fans have asked countless times since the movie ‘Titanic’ was released 20 years ago: Could Jack Dawson actually have survived the sinking of the iconic ship?  The puzzle has plagued mythbusters ever since the credits began rolling in 1997, and debate around the issue has continued ever since, with Leonardo DiCaprio fans feeling particularly certain that the actor’s character could have survived until assistance arrived.  That theory has just been given much more support thanks to scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who spoke out to claim that the character would have at least made more effort to survive, insisting that it is human nature to put up a much tougher fight for life in these kinds of deadly scenarios.  In an interview with Huffington Post, Tyson took another angle when it came to the Titanic debate and said that a person’s survival instincts would have been strong enough to try to get on the raft more than once.   Essentially, Tyson claimed that Jack would have – or should have – made more attempts to join his lover Rose, played by Kate Winslet, on the makeshift raft that was keeping her afloat, instead of simply resigning himself to death by remaining in the water. “Whether or not he could’ve been successful, I would’ve tried more than once.  You don’t try once, [and think], ‘Oh, this is not gonna work.  I will just freeze to death in the water,’” the scientist said.  He added: “The survival instinct is way stronger than that in everybody, especially in that character.  He’s a survivor, right?  He gets through.  He gets by.”

Photo Credit: Titanic – The motion picture – 20th Century Fox