Neil deGrasse Tyson

Born: October 5, 1958

Occupation: Astrophysicist

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

You know that passage in the Bible that says, “And the meek shall inherit the Earth”? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, “And the geek shall inherit the Earth.

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Imagine a life-form whose brainpower is to ours as ours is to a chimpanzee’s. To such a species, our highest mental achievements would be trivial. Their toddlers, instead of learning their ABCs on Sesame...

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There are no articles any more that dream about the cities of tomorrow.

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Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical.

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If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument.

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We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.

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When your reasons for believing something are justified ad hoc, you are left susceptible to further discoveries undermining the rationale for that belief.

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The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you

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I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: ‘Have you HEARD THIS?

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One thing in life is for certain, the more profoundly baffled you have been in your life, the more open your mind becomes to new ideas.

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New generations of humans inherit the acquired discoveries of generations past, allowing cosmic insight to accumulate without limit. Each discovery of science therefore adds a rung to a ladder of knowledge...

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It is astonishing to realize that until Galileo performed his experiments on the acceleration of gravity in the early seventeenth century, nobody questioned Aristotle's falling balls. Nobody said, Show...

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A television advertisement must illustrate the scientific method to substantiate any claim.... That is why stains are lifted, ring-around-the-collar is removed, paper towels become soaked, excess stomach...

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We fail in even the simplest of all scientific observations-nobody looks up anymore.

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I didn't even know there were stars to look at to not see. If you don't know that they're there, you don't know that you're missing them.

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For your own safety, do not ever tell an astrophysicist, I hope all your stars are twinkling.

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And I don't care what else anyone has ever told you, the Sun is white, not yellow. Human color perception is a complicated business, but if the Sun were yellow, like a yellow lightbulb, then white stuff...

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There is a theorem that colloquially translates, You cannot comb the hair on a bowling ball. ... Clearly, none of these mathematicians had Afros, because to comb an Afro is to pick it straight away from...

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He invited people to sign a petition that demanded either strict control of, or a total ban on, dihydrogen monoxide.... Yes, 86 percent of the passersby voted to ban water (H2O) from the environment. Maybe...

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A common way to compute density is, of course, to take the ratio of an object's mass to its volume. But other types of densities exist, such as the resistance of somebody's brain to the imparting of common...

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I suppose I can live with missing decimals, missing floors to tall buildings, and floors that are named instead of numbered. A more serious problem is the limited capacity of the human mind to grasp the...

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You can make a stack high enough to reach the moon and back, and only then will you have used your 100 billion hamburgers. This is terrifying news to cows.

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Last I checked, Bill Gates was worth $50 billion. If the average employed adult, who is walking in a hurry, will pick up a quarter from the sidewalk, but not a dime, then the corresponding amount of money...

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People like it when they understand something that they previously thought they couldn't understand. It's a sense of empowerment.

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Math is the language of the universe. So the more equations you know, the more you can converse with the cosmos.

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With automatic spell checkers running unleashed over what we compose, our era is that of correctly spelled typos.

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Lots of people think, well, we're humans; we're the most intelligent and accomplished species; we're in charge. Bacteria may have a different outlook: more bacteria live and work in one linear centimeter...

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If each dead person became a ghost, there'd be more than 100 billion of them haunting us all. Creepy, but cool.

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Creativity is seeing what everyone else sees, but then thinking a new thought that has never been thought before and expressing it somehow.It could be with art, a sculpture, music or even in science. The...

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Curiously, light-loving green plants reject the Sun's green light, reflecting it back at you, which is why they look green.

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Next time you're stunned by a large moon on the horizon, bend over and view it between your legs. The effect goes away entirely.

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Some air you inhale was exhaled by Cleopatra.

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Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg, laid by a bird that was not a chicken.

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Would a NASA reality show "Lunar Shore" be more popular than "Jersey Shore?" Civilization's future depends on that answer.

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Need a distraction today? Not only does 12 + 1 = 11 + 2, but the letters "twelve plus one" rearrange to give you "eleven plus two."

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In five billion years, the sun will expand and engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day

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(Space programs are) a force operating on educational pipelines that stimulate the formation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians... They're the ones that make tomorrow come. The...

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Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body...are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching...

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There is no true understanding of Biology without Chemistry. And there's no true understanding of Chemistry without Physics.

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George Bush, within a week of this [the 9/11 attacks], in a speech, attempting to distinguish US from the Muslim fundamentalists, said Our God is the God who named the stars. The problem is: two-thirds...

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If it's a new planet, sign me up. I'm tired of driving around the block, boldly going where hundreds have gone before in orbit around earth-give me a place to go and I'll go.

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On Venus you could cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds, just by holding it out to the air. (Yes, I did the math.)

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I want and need the artist to take me to new places, and the new place that Van Gogh took me not the sky as it is but the sky as he felt it. And the more of us that feel the universe, the better off we...

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If the Sun exploded, we wouldn't know about it for 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Light and gravity take that long to reach us. Then we would vaporize.

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It makes good sense to revere the sun and the stars ... because we are their children

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People like death and mayhem.

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Where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination

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After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?

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When students cheat on exams, it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.

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Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.

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Science is a way of equipping yourself with the tools to interpret what happens in front of you.

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While the Copernican principle comes with no guarantees that it will forever guide us to cosmic truths, it's worked quite well so far: not only is Earth not in the center of the solar system, but the solar...

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When a coincidence seems amazing, that's because the human mind isn’t wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics.

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Part of knowing how to think is knowing how the laws of nature shape the world around us. Without that knowledge, without that capacity to think, you can easily become a victim of people who seek to take...

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Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.

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Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?

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If you seek only easy problems to solve, then ultimately, there'll be nothing about you to distinguish yourself from others.

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I am proud to be part of a species where a subset of its members willingly put their lives at risk to push the boundaries of our existence.

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There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.

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Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow's problems flow.

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Great scientific minds, from Claudius Ptolemy of the second century to Isaac Newton of the seventeenth, invested their formidable intellects in attempts to deduce the nature of the universe from the statements...

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They [scientists of centuries past] call on God only from the lonely and precarious edge of incomprehension. Where they feel certain about their explanations, however, God gets hardly a mention.

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Today secular philosophers call that kind of divine invocation God of the gaps-which comes in handy, because there has never been a shortage of gaps in people's knowledge.

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[A]s they are currently practiced, there is no common ground between science and religion....Although just as in hostage negotiations, it's probably best to keep both sides talking to each other.

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Whenever people have used religious documents to make accurate predictions about our base knowledge of the physical world, they have been famously wrong.

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I simply go with what works. And what works is the healthy skepticism embodied in the scientific method. Believe me, if the Bible had ever been shown to be a rich source of scientific answers and enlightenment,...

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We should not be ashamed of not having answers to all questions yet...I'm perfectly happy staring somebody in the face saying, I don't know yet, and we've got top people working on it. The moment you feel...

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I don't have an issue with what you do in the church, but I'm going to be up in your face if you're going to knock on my science classroom and tell me they've got to teach what you're teaching in your...

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There's no tradition of scientists knocking down the Sunday school door, telling the preacher, That might not necessarily be true. That's never happened. There're no scientists picketing outside of churches.

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If all that you see, do, measure and discover is the will of a deity, then ideas can never be proven wrong, you have no predictive power, and you are at a loss to understand the principles behind most...

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Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes.... The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write...

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It's quite literally true that we are star dust, in the highest exalted way one can use that phrase. ...I bask in the majesty of the cosmos. I use words, compose sentences that sound like the sentences...

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Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don't know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me.

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The most accessible field in science, from the point of view of language, is astrophysics. What do you call spots on the sun? Sunspots. Regions of space you fall into and you don’t come out of? Black...

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My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.

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People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the...

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The depth of experience fine wine can bring to a dinner, particularly a bottle that has been through the past 100 years, makes you take stock of your own life.

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I would teach how science works as much as I would teach what science knows. I would assert (given that essentially, everyone will learn to read) that science literacy is the most important kind of literacy...

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... informed ignorance provides the natural state of mind for research scientists at the ever-shifting frontiers of knowledge. People who believe themselves ignorant of nothing have neither looked for,...

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If the purpose of the universe was to create humans then the cosmos was embarrassingly inefficient about it.

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Those who see the cosmic perspective as a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I'm small but I'm also big. I'm...

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Photography is a form of time travel.

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When I reach to the edge of the universe, I do so knowing that along some paths of cosmic discovery, there are times when, at least for now, one must be content to love the questions themselves.

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I think the best thing a parent can do, when raising a child, is simply get out of their way.

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The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically...

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When I shop for fruit & melons I like to hold a grape next to a cantaloupe & think of Earth next to Jupiter. Then I eat Earth.

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The day that you stop looking - because you're content God did it - I don't need you in the lab. You're useless on the frontier of understanding the nature of the world.

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We are in the universe and the universe is in us.

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I'm often asked whether I believe in Global Warming. I now just reply with the question: "Do you believe in Gravity?"

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I wonder if, in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth.

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Rational thoughts never drive people's creativity the way emotions do.

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... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.

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Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.

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I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon...

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You will never find scientists leading armies into battle. You just won’t. Especially not astrophysicists -we see the biggest picture there is. We understand how small we are in the cosmos. We understand...

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The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful...

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In modern times, if the sole measure of what’s out there flows from your five senses then a precarious life awaits you.

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Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine

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The greatest of people in society carve niches that represent the unique expression of their combinations of talents. If everyone had the luxury of expressing the unique combination of talents in this...

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I am convinced that the act of thinking logically cannot possibly be natural to the human mind. If it were, then mathematics would be everybody's easiest course at school and our species would not have...

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For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.

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By the way, how much does NASA cost? It's half a penny on a dollar. Did you know that? ... The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently underfunded to do what it needs to be doing, and...

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Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you.

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Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.

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God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.

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I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect...

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Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.

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When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.

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As a child, I was aware that, at night, infrared vision would reveal monsters hiding in the bedroom closet only if they were warm-blooded. But everybody knows that your average bedroom monster is reptilian...

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The most successful scientists in the history of the world are those who posed the right questions

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Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're...

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Somehow it's O.K. for people to chuckle about not being good at math. Yet if I said, 'I never learned to read,' they'd say I was an illiterate dolt.

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We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.

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No one wants to die, and no one wants to die poor. These are the two fundamental truths that transcend culture, they transcend politics, they transcend economic cycles.

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Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.

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Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth.

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I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.

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Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.

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Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.

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Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.

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Physics is the only profession in which prophecy is not only accurate but routine.

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When everyone agrees to a single solution and a single plan, there's nothing more efficient in the world than an efficient democracy.

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Typically, when you look for role models, you want someone who has your interests and came from the same background. Well, look how restricting that is. What people should do is take role models a la carte....

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Everything we do, every thought we've ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the...

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The caricature of science is that we hold tight to the theories we have, and shun challenges to them. That's just not true. In fact, we hold our highest rewards for those scientists who can prove others...

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I lose sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe. I don't know.

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I never got into 'Star Wars.' Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.

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I was born the same week NASA was founded, so we're the same age and feel some of the same pains, joys, and frustrations.

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If Mars formed life, then life on Earth could have been seeded by life on Mars, making every life form on Earth descended from Martians.

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If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month, then I must not be doing my job as a scientist.

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No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.

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Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival.

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The first colony on Mars is not going to be built by a private company. How are you going to make money? You're not.

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Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments and you will emerge into another space-time created by the...

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I think that intelligence is such a narrow branch of the tree of life - this branch of primates we call humans. No other animal, by our definition, can be considered intelligent. So intelligence can't...

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Private enterprise can never lead a space frontier. It's not possible because a space frontier is expensive, it has unknown risks and it has unquantified risks.

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When you innovate, you create new industries that then boost your economy. And when you create new industries and that becomes part of your culture, your jobs can't go overseas because no one else has...

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Where there's water on Earth, you find life as we know it. So if you find water somewhere else, it becomes a remarkable draw to look closer to see if life of any kind is there, even if it's bacterial,...

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All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA.

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Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they've beaten our top human chess champions.

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I'm fascinated by the deaths of stars and the havoc they wreak on their environments.

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If a scientist is not befuddled by what they're looking at, then they're not a research scientist.

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If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions, you've got to send humans.

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It's part of our pop culture to give animals human personalities and talents.

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NASA has spin-offs, and it's a huge and very impressive list, including accurate and affordable LASIK eye surgery.

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People generally don't recognize how long it takes to conceive, publish, and write a book.

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Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen.

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Space in general gave us GPS - that's not specifically NASA, but it's investments in space.

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Space only becomes ordinary when the frontier is no longer being breached.

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The chances that your tombstone will read 'Killed by Asteroid' are about the same as they'd be for 'Killed in Airplane Crash.'

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The supermoon is a 16-inch pizza compared with a 15-inch pizza. It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon.'

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The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle.

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The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don't expect.

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There's a lot of memorization that goes on in school. You memorize vocabulary words and all these sorts of things.

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We didn't go to the moon to explore or because it was in our DNA or because we're Americans. We went because we were at war and we felt a threat.

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I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about.

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In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies. And when you're surrounded by carnivores, one of the best strategies is to fade into the background and disappear.

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One of the greatest features of science is that it doesn't matter where you were born, and it doesn't matter what the belief systems of your parents might have been: If you perform the same experiment...

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The methods and tools of science perennially breach barriers, granting me confidence that our epic march of insight into the operations of nature will continue without end.

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When Kennedy said, 'Let's go to the moon,' we didn't yet have a vehicle that wouldn't kill you on launch. He said we'll land a man on the moon in eight years and bring him back. That was an audacious goal...

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All Plutophiles are based in America. If you go to other countries, they have much less of an attachment to either the existence or preservation of Pluto as a planet.

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All tweets are tasty. Any tweet anybody writes is tasty. So, I try to have each tweet not simply be informative, but have some outlook, some perspective that you might not otherwise had.

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As a citizen, as a public scientist, I can tell you that Einstein essentially overturned a so strongly established paradigm of science, whereas Darwin didn't really overturn a science paradigm.

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As a scientist, I want to go to Mars and back to asteroids and the Moon because I'm a scientist. But I can tell you, I'm not so naive a scientist to think that the nation might not have geopolitical reasons...

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Asteroids have us in our sight. The dinosaurs didn't have a space program, so they're not here to talk about this problem. We are, and we have the power to do something about it. I don't want to be the...

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Darwin's theory of evolution is a framework by which we understand the diversity of life on Earth. But there is no equation sitting there in Darwin's 'Origin of Species' that you apply and say, 'What is...

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For me, the most fascinating interface is Twitter. I have odd cosmic thoughts every day and I realized I could hold them to myself or share them with people who might be interested.

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I'm not as famous as Stephen Hawking, but certainly in the U.S., I have a very high profile for a scientist. It is an awesome responsibility, one that I don't shoulder lightly.

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If you get asteroids about a kilometer in size, those are large enough and carry enough energy into our system to disrupt transportation, communication, the food chains, and that can be a really bad day...

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Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That's a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing.

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Mars once was wet and fertile. It's now bone dry. Something bad happened on Mars. I want to know what happened on Mars so that we may prevent it from happening here on Earth.

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Most of what Einstein said and did has no direct impact on what anybody reads in the Bible. Special relativity, his work in quantum mechanics, nobody even knows or cares. Where Einstein really affects...

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Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers - poets, actors, journalists - they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate....

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The universe is almost 14 billion years old, and, wow! Life had no problem starting here on Earth! I think it would be inexcusably egocentric of us to suggest that we're alone in the universe.

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The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents had radios that was furniture in the living room. Nobody at the time was saying, 'Gee, I want to carry...

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There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It's the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly...

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We didn't build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast was a priority. No, we webbed the highways so people can go to multiple places and invent ways of doing things...

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When we see animals doing remarkable things, how do we know if we're simply seeing tricks or signs of real intelligence? Are talented animals just obeying commands, or do they have some kind of deeper...

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You can't have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That's a recipe for disaster. And I don't mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate,...

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With one linear centimeter of your lower colon there lives and works more bacteria (about 100 billion) that all humans who have ever been born. Yet many people continue to assert that it is we who are...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The great tragedy is that they're removing art completely, not because they're putting more science in, but because they can't afford the art teachers or because somebody thinks it's not useful. An enlightened...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

After your first job, is anyone asking you what your GPA was? No, they don't care. They ask you: Are you a good leader? Do people follow you? Do you have integrity? Are you innovative? Do you solve problems?...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Does it mean, if you don't understand something, and the community of physicists don't understand it, that means God did it? Is that how you want to play this game? Because if it is, here's a list of things...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I'm optimistic. I see no longer people accepting fuzzy thinking in the world. The change is not that people aren't still saying under-informed things. The change is that if you're in power and you say...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The last person I ever want working for me is someone who says 'that's not in my job description.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

All information is good, even when it is bad.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight, humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of bullshit.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

One should not be too distracted by definitions. Ideas transcend definitions.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Some molecules - ammonia, carbon dioxide, water - show up everywhere in the universe, whether life is present or not. But others pop up especially in the presence of life itself. Among the biomarkers in...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Robots are important also. If I don my pure-scientist hat, I would say just send robots; I'll stay down here and get the data. But nobody's ever given a parade for a robot. Nobody's ever named a high school...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scientific literacy is an intellectual vaccine against the claims of charlatans who would exploit ignorance.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

When you visit countries that don't nurture these kinds of ambitions, you can feel th absence of hope...people are reduced to worrying only about that day's shelter or the next day's meal. It's a shame,...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big, but I feel big.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

One of the things that fascinates me most is when people are so charmed by the universe that it becomes part of their artistic output.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Chimpanzees are an evolutionary hair's-width from us.... Now imagine a species on Earth, or anywhere else, as smart compared with humans as humans are compared with chimpanzees. How much of the universe...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Like no other science, astrophysics cross-pollinate s the expertise of chemists, biologists, geologists and physicists, all to discover the past, present, and future of the cosmos-and our humble place...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question everything.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don't ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I think if everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionaries and brilliant.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We hunger for significance, for signs that our personal existence is of special meaning to the universe. To that end, we’re all too eager to deceive ourselves and others, to discern a sacred image in...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

You don't need to be a scientist to know Earth's age or that life evolved. You just need be one who embraces objective truths

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

You get to say that the Earth is flat because we live in a country that guarantees your free speech. But it's not a country that guarantees that anything you say is correct.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Now imagine a world in which everyone, but especially people with power and influence, holds an expanded view of our place in the cosmos. With that perspective, our problems would shrink-or never arise...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

You say you're worried about kids? I'm not worried about kids, I'm worried about grown ups... Children are not the problem here... We spend the first year of their lives teaching them how to walk and talk,...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That's kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

In the end, it's the people who are curious who change the world.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If your ego starts out, 'I am important, I am big, I am special,' you're in for some disappointments when you look around at what we've discovered about the universe. No, you're not big. No, you're not....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are not simply in the universe, we are part of it. We are born from it. One might even say we have been empowered by the universe to figure itself out - and we have only just begun.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scientific inquiry shouldn't stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

'As a fraction of your tax dollar today, what is the total cost of all spaceborne telescopes, planetary probes, the rovers on Mars, the International Space Station, the space shuttle, telescopes yet to...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I knew Pluto was popular among elementary schoolkids, but I had no idea they would mobilize into a 'Save Pluto' campaign. I now have a drawer full of hate letters from hundreds of elementary schoolchildren...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

In the movie, the stars above the ship bear no correspondence to any constellations in a real sky. Worse yet, while the heroine bobs... we are treated to her view of this Hollywood sky-one where the stars...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

On Friday the 13th, April 2029, an asteroid large enough to fill the Rose Bowl as though it were an egg cup will fly so close to Earth that it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that Earth might end on December 21, 2012. It's a profound...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what's really there.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Give a kid a book, and you change the world. In a way, even the universe.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Long ago Mars was an oasis of running water.Today the Martiansurfaceis a sterile,barren desert. Here on Earth, who knows what climactic knobs we unwittingly turn,which might one day render Earth as dry...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe has really never made things in ones. The Earth is special and everything else is different? No, we've got seven other planets. The sun? No, the sun is one of those dots in the night sky....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

You ask people, do you pray to a person or God. If you say yes to that, you're religious by, presumably, anybody's standards of your conduct. And it's the yes to that question that applies to 40% of scientists....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

When asked about which scientist he'd like to meet, Neil deGrasse Tyson said, "Isaac Newton. No question about it. The smartest person ever to walk the face of this earth. The man was connected to the...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Every account of a higher power that I've seen described, of all religions that I've seen, include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If the people of Comic-Con ruled the world...then tomorrow would be invented every day.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The greatest explorer of recent decades is not even human.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That's why my public focus...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The remarkable feature of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. After the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

It's odd that the word 'atheist' even exist. I don't play golf, is there a word for non-golf players ?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Some morning while your eating breakfast and you need something new to think about, though, you might want to ponder the fact that you see your kids across the table not as they are but as they once were,...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

By the way, were we to find life-forms on Venus, we would probably call them Venutians, just as people from Mars would be Martians. But according to rules of Latin genitives, to be “of Venus” ought...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I don't want to die ... I don't want to die poor. Two great motivators in the history of human cultures.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Down there between our legs, it's like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Our nation is turning into an idiocracy.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I [do not know] when the end of science will come. ... What I do know is that our species is dumber than we normally admit to ourselves. This limit of our mental faculties, and not necessarily of science...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food. There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There's no wild cows.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The moment when someone attaches you to a philosophy or a movement, then they assign all the baggage and all the rest of the philosophy that goes with it to you. And when you want to have a conversation,...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

To learn more about science, turn off your electronic device and go outside and look around a bit. Nature is calling you. Go on. The internet will still be here.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are star dust in the highest exalted way, called by the universe, reaching out to the universe

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's no denying the public's appetite for cosmic discovery.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Newton, Einstein, and every other great scientist in history...They all made mistakes. Of course they did. They're human! Science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves and each other.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The best educators are the ones that inspire their students. That inspiration comes from a passion that teachers have for the subject they're teaching. Most commonly, that person spent their lives studying...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Unlike what you may be told in other sectors of life, when observing the universe, size does matter, which often leads to polite ‘telescope envy’ at gatherings of amateur astronomers.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

In just one year, the expenditure of of the U.S.'s military budget is equivalent to the entire 50-year running budget of NASA combined.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they're 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I've known from long ago that the universe was calling me. If you were one of those annoying adults that said, 'Oh, what are you gonna be when you grow up?' I would say, 'Astrophysicist .' And then they'd...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

What do you call those knobby things on doors that help you open them?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The worst thing that ever happened to America was the 19th Amendment.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

In whatever you choose to do, do it because it's hard, not because it's easy. Math and physics and astrophysics are hard. For every hard thing you accomplish, fewer other people are out there doing the...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it....

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. You cannot build a program of discovery on the assumption that nobody is smart enough to figure out the answer to...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

As religion is now practiced and science is now practiced, there is no intersection between the two. That is for certain. And it's not for want of trying. Over the centuries, many people - theologians...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We need to look at NASA, not as a handout, but as an investment.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you're really successful at bullshitting, it means you're not hanging around enough people smarter than you.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

How much would you pay...for the Universe?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Do you realize that the 850 billion dollar bank bailout, that sum of money is greater than the entire 50 year running budget of NASA. And so when someone says, 'We don't have enough money for this space...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is a cooperative enterprise spanning the generations. It's the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds, reaching back to antiquity and forward to the stars.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you're scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you, and that understanding empowers you.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

It’s short-sighted to think ads won’t one day end up wherever humans are - even the moon.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Our entire universe emerged from a point smaller than a single atom. Space itself exploded in a cosmic fire, launching the expansion of the universe and giving birth to all the energy and all the matter...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The tenacity of life is mind-boggling. We keep finding it where no one thought it could be.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Some claim evolution is just a theory. As if it were merely an opinion. The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened. Accepting our kinship with...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Artificial selection turned the wolf into the shepherd, and the wild grasses into wheat and corn. In fact, almost every plant and animal that we eat today was bred from a wild, less edible ancestor. If...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

There are as many atoms in each molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. This is true for dogs, and bears, and every living thing. We are, each of us, a little universe.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Stars die and reborn […] They get so hot that the nuclei of the atoms fuse together deep within them to make the oxygen we breathe, the carbon in our muscles, the calcium in our bones, the iron in our...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

What are you doing? Why are you concerning yourself with the meaning of meaning?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science reveals that all life on Earth is one.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Italy valued cathedrals while Spain valued explorers. So worldwide, five times as many people speak Spanish than Italian.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are not figuratively, but literally Stardust.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The problem in society is not kids not knowing science. The problem is adults not knowing science. They outnumber kids 5 to 1, they wield power, they write legislation. When you have scientifically illiterate...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Facts are true whether or not you believe them.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)sightings are not higher among amateur astronomers than they are in the general public. In fact, they're lower. You say, why is that so? Well, because we know what the hell...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

What's up with chicks and science?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

If Neptune were analogized with a Chevy Impala in mass, then how big is pluto compared to that? Pluto would be a matchbox car sitting on the curb.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

We need more science in the world. Train me.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's a saying in the scientific community, that every great truth goes through three phases. First, people deny it. Second, they say that it conflicts with the Bible. Third, they say that they've known...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there's equal opportunity,

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

To assert that the universe has a purpose implies the universe has intent. And intent implies a desired outcome. But who would do the desiring? And what would a desired outcome be? That carbon-based life...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Today, scientists sound the alarm on other environmental dangers. Vested interests still hire their own scientists to confuse the issue. But in the end, nature, will not be fooled.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The typical person has no trouble believing without knowing. What people need to realize is simply that you do not need to believe to know.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I object to religion in science classrooms not because it's religion but because it's not science.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I don't have an issue with what you do in the church but I'm going to be up in your face if you're going to knock on my science classroom and tell me I got to teach what you're teaching in your Sunday...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

I love the smell of the universe in the morning.

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