The rapper, known for hits like “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit,” went viral after responding to a tweet that said, “Philosophy is flirting with ideas.” Science is an obligation to truth. “
Hammer disagreed with the post and wrote: “They gave birth to us. If science is a “commitment to truth,” we will make it up [sic] all historical untruths that have been perpetuated by scientists? Of course not. It’s not science versus philosophy … It’s science + philosophy. “
He added, “Increase your thinking and awareness. When you measure, include the surveyor. “
Hammer also shared a scholarly article on the philosophy of science and a reading list that includes the work of the philosopher Michael Foucault.
Many social media users were enthusiastic about Hammer’s love of philosophy.
“MC Hammer could write the symposium, but Plato could never write ‘Can’t Touch This’,” joked one person.
“I can’t even describe how happy I am that MC Hammer is part of the Twitter philosophy,” said another.
A third said, “I’ve seen someone tweet about the history and philosophy of Sci / Tech with the Handle Mchammer and I wonder how they managed to crack that handle. It’s because it’s MC Hammer. MC Hammer remains a legend, apparently for various reasons. “
“‘If you bring in the surveyor’ is a perfect summary of my scientific career, and I’m so mad that I never thought about it as elegantly as the legendary MC,” said a fourth. “This tweet goes into my conversations.”
Hammer, who has 3.2 million followers, retweeted much of the praise.