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No astrophysicist would deny the possibility of life. I think we're not creative enough to imagine what life would be like on another planet. Show me a dead alien. Better yet, show me a live one! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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For generations, Americans have expected something new and better in their lives with every passing day - something that will make life a little more fun to live and a little more enlightening to behold. Exploration accomplishes this naturally. All we need to do is wake up to this fact. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't know anybody who said, 'I love that teacher, he or she gave a really good homework set,' or 'Boy, that was the best class I ever took because those exams were awesome.' That's not what people want to talk about. It's not what influences people in one profession or another. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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One trait stands out in nearly all meteorites: metal; they've got it. So, the best way to find a meteorite is to hear it first. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. Conditions -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 more surprises we find. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm on a crusade to get movie directors to get their science right because, more often than they believe, the science is more extraordinary than anything they can invent. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I said that if an alien came to visit, I'd be embarrassed to tell them that we fight wars to pull fossil fuels out of the ground to run our transportation. They'd be like, 'What?' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Deep down within anyone there's a flame that maybe had gone dormant that can be fanned or ignited in case it had blown out. This is the flame of curiosity, the flame of wonder, of awe, of all the things that make you want to learn something more tomorrow than you knew today. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There's no denying the public's appetite for cosmic discovery. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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For reasons I have yet to understand, many people don't like chemicals, which might explain the perennial movement to rid foods of them. Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe. My favorite stars, as well as my best friends, are all made of them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We are only intelligent by our own measures -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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With automatic spell checkers running unleashed over what we compose, our era is that of correctly spelled typos. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science is not there for you to cherry pick ... You can decide whether or not to believe in it but that doesn't change the reality of an emergent scientific truth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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But one of the coolest things about meteorites is that most were formed four-and-a-half-billion years ago, during the birth of our solar system, when, for reasons not yet known, a cloud of gas and dust was transformed into a sun with circling planets. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If one evening you feel sad enough to cry, look up. Your tears will not fall and the starry night may bring joy to your soul. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Most places in the universe will kill life instantly - instantly! People say "Oh, the forces of nature are just right for life." Excuse me. Just look at the volume of the universe where you can't live. You will die instantly. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 foundations of economies ... issue forth from investments we make in science and technology. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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To the scientist, the universality of physical laws makes the cosmos a marvelously simple place. By comparison, human nature-the psychologist's domain-is infinitely more daunting. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 singularity of the black hole you just fell into? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We need to look at NASA, not as a handout, but as an investment. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Luckily, there are some rocks left over from our earliest days, asteroids formed during our solar system's birth. Occasionally, some of them drop in on Earth, and when they do, they're called meteorites. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I do not know what I appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on a seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me. (Brewster 1860, p. 331) -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In this 21st century, bedtime doesn't matter at all. All that matters is what you set for your DVR [Digital Video Recorder]. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It's better to understand something than to memorize something. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When Newton breached this philosophical barrier by rendering all motion comprehensible and predictable, some theologians criticized him for leaving nothing for the Creator to do. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I agree that we should go back to the moon and on to Mars. We should treat all objects in the solar system, including comets and asteroids, as exploration targets. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Asteroids are craggy chunks of rock. Comets are balls of dirt, ice, and frozen gases. And meteors are, quite simply, whatever falls through and burns up in Earth's atmosphere from outer space. Asteroids -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If Earth ever suffers a runaway greenhouse effect (like what has happened on Venus), then our atmosphere would trap excess amounts of solar energy, the air temperature would rise, and the oceans would swiftly evaporate into the atmosphere as they sustained a rolling boil. This would be bad. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters of an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos.
Have a nice day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 Me! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big, but I feel big. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When I needed to overcome the low expectations of others or the bias that would be expressed in one circumstance or another, I'd keep on keeping on. And I climb over the obstacle, go around it, dig under it, fly over it. That's what kept me going. Otherwise I would have never been an astrophysicist. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Something we all have as kids and is beaten out of us as adults. Parents come up to me, "How do I get my kids interested in science?" They're already interested in science. Just stop beating it out of them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You don't want to raise a kid in a culture where the kid who asks the most questions is annoying. You want a culture where the kid who asks the most questions gets awards and gets another piece of cake. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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85 percent of the gravity of the universe has a point of origin about which we know nothing. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Don't know if it's good or bad that a Google search on "Big Bang Theory" lists the sitcom before the origin of the Universe -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Most gravity has no known origin. Is it some exotic particle? Nobody knows. Is dark energy responsible for expansion of the universe? Nobody knows. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 we're looking at! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Scientific literacy is an intellectual vaccine against the claims of charlatans who would exploit ignorance -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 wake up and you'll find out how good you actually became. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The only people who should have their head examined are those who never ask questions. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'd ask [God] why he keeps trying to kill us all with disease, pestilence, and natural disasters. I'd ask why 99% of all species there ever were are now extinct
if God works in mysterious ways, that way is mysteriously genocidal. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You have people who believe they are scientifically literate but, in fact, are not. And I don't mind if you're not scientifically literate, but just admit that to yourself, so that you'll know, and perhaps you can take a first step to try to eradicate that. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I remain unconvinced that anything other than rapid decomposition is the fate of my body and mind after death. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Throughout history, different cultures have produced creation myths that explain our origins as the result of cosmic forces shaping our destiny. These histories have helped us to ward off feelings of insignificance. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Merlin prefers to think of space as the regions between all the particles of all the atoms of the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In life and in the universe it's always best to keep looking up. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Our planet Earth has a diameter of 0.04 light-seconds. Neptune's orbit spans 8 light-hours. The stars of the Milky Way galaxy delineate a broad, flat disk about 100,000 light-years across. And the Virgo supercluster of galaxies, to which the Milky Way belongs, extends some 60 million light-years. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Words that make questions may not be questions at all. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 of the fundamental interconnections of nature. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Something bad happened on both Mars with its dried-up watercourses and Venus with its runaway greenhouse effect. Could something bad happen on Earth too? Our species currently turns row upon row of environmental knobs, without much regard to long-term consequences. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Once something is answered, then there's another question. Hence the eternal quest. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 world, our society would be transofrmed over night. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Your center of mass is a place you cannot visit but you always carry with you. Like memories, it is part of life's baggage. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The problem is not scientifically illiterate kids; it is scientifically illiterate adults. Kids are born curious about the natural world. They are always turning over rocks, jumping with two feet into mud puddles and playing with the tablecloth and fine china. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It would be great if we were on multiple planets, but I think that's unrealistic. Hawking says we have to be on multiple planets so an asteroid could come and you'd still have some humans left. It's a nice idea. It satisfies the multiple-eggs-in-multiple-baskets concept. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Curious fact that those who never fail are also those who never truly succeed. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Here's the problem, when you're stargazing on a mountain top you are partially oxygen-deprived and you're in command of million dollars worth of hardware. So as much as I would like to sip wine under the stars, it's contraindicated in the instructions on operating telescopes. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I claim that all those who think they can cherry-pick science simply don't understand how science works. That's what I claim. And if they did, they'd be less prone to just assert that somehow scientists are clueless. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 that subject, and they bring an infectious enthusiasm to the audience. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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This was not, of course, the first time that significant monies were spent on military programs. Kennedy knew, if only implicitly, that while bravery may win battles, science and technology provide security. Science and technology win wars. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. That's why it works. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science is not a subject you took in school. It's life. We are wrapped by it, in it, with it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The four most common chemically active elements in the universe - hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen - are the four most common elements of life on Earth. We are not simply in the universe. The universe is in us. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Our star, and most stars, are made mostly of hydrogen, which is the number one element in the universe: 90% of all atomic nuclei are hydrogen, about 8% are helium, and the remaining 2% comprise all the other elements in the periodic table. All -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People are really excited about robotic exploration. I understand the feeling there because, in fact, robots can do things humans can't. They can survive harsh conditions, they can explore places we would never go, plus you never actually have to bring them back. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We're an elective democracy where science and technology will define where the economically strong countries in the world will be. And science and technological literacy is important for security, as well. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Space is the ultimate frontier. I think when people historically thought of the frontier, there was where you were living and then there was some edge beyond which no one had explored. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It's short-sighted to think ads won't one day end up wherever humans are - even the moon. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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For decades, we've been trying to cook up the building blocks of life, in the lab, and recreate the origins of it all, but the parts didn't seem to fit together, until now. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science is not just 'Here are some facts, learn that'. There's a thread through these stories that, if you know how to tell it because you know how they connect, then it's a thread that will land right in your mind, body and soul. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of 50 or 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. And with every step, every window that modern astrophysics has opened to our mind, the person who wants to feel like they're the center of everything ends up shrinking. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If you are that person, you are more likely to believe that God cured you, this invisible force, creator of the universe, cured you, than that you had three idiotic doctors diagnose you ... I taught physics to pre-med students who became doctors. Not all of them are smart, I assure you. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Whether or not people go into space or serve the space industry, they will have the sensitivity to those fields necessary to stimulate unending innovation in the technological fields, and it's that innovation in the 21st century that will drive tomorrow's economies. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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.' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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And extracting one molecule's signature in spectral analysis from the rest of the signatures is hard work, sort of like picking out the sound of your toddler's voice in a roomful of screaming children during playtime. It's hard, but you can do it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The history of exploration across nations and across time is not one where nations said, 'Let's explore because it's fun.' It was, 'Let's explore so that we can claim lands for our country, so that we can open up new trade routes; let's explore so we can become more powerful.' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It seems that we're better at finding someone to blame for our problems than we are at finding creative solutions to fix them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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One of my great laments is that education today seems to have ... be less about passion and more about process, more about tactic or technique. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Quantum physics fluctuates all the time. But now the fluctuations are not just particles coming into and out of existence, which happens all the time. It's whole universes coming into and out of existence. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If the whole world shared such experiences, we would then have common dreams and everybody could begin thinking about tomorrow. And if everybody thinks about tomorrow, then someday we can visit the sky together. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It may be that our cosmic curiosity ... is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The day gets about one second longer every 67,000 years. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Note, however, that you cannot simply add temperatures the way you can add volumes or weights. Two people in bed, each with body temperatures of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, do not normally create a 197.2 degree under-the-cover oven. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Three and a half million years ago our ancestors - yours and mine - left these traces [indicates footprints]. We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In terms of the most astonishing fact about which we know nothing, there is dark matter and dark energy. We don't know what either of them is. Everything we know and love about the universe and all the laws of physics as they apply, apply to four percent of the universe. That's stunning. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The universe today is 13.8 billion years old. By 22 billion years, the Sun will have finished its main-sequence lifetime and will have become a white dwarf. The Andromeda galaxy will have crashed into the Milky Way. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 taken several millennia to figure out the scientific method. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When you are a hammer, all of your problems will look like nails to you. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The universe is hilarious! Like, Venus is 900 degrees. I could tell you it melts lead. But that's not as fun as saying, 'You can cook a pizza on the windowsill in nine seconds.' And next time my fans eat pizza, they're thinking of Venus! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I knew my interest in the universe and I owned a telescope that I bought with money I earned by walking dogs. 50 cents per walk, per dog, and that accumulated quickly. I bought a camera, a telescope. I taught myself astrophotography. I did all this. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The telescope ... is a conduit to the cosmos. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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?" -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Photography is a form of time travel. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Does the full moon affect people's behavior, you ask? Yup. It makes people think the full moon affects people's behavior. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The best colleges admit only successful students, offering no evidence the college itself forged the students' late success. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Our academic system rewards people who know a lot of stuff and generally we call those people smart, but at the end of the day who do you want- the person who can figure things out that they've never seen before or the person who can rattle off a bunch of facts? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We account for all the matter and energy that we're familiar with, measure up how much gravity it should have, it's one-sixth of the gravity that's actually operating on the universe. We call that dark matter. It really should be called dark gravity. We don't know what that is. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Astrobiologists now believe that the existence of life throughout the universe requires: 1. a source of energy; 2. a type of atom that allows complex structures to exist; 3. a liquid solvent in which molecules can float and interact; and 4. sufficient time for life to arise and to evolve. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In the beginning, nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Some 14 billion years ago, at the beginning of time, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe fit within a pinhead. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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A supernova is one of the most powerful explosions in the universe. It's so luminous, it can be seen across billions of light years. It releases as much energy in an instant as our sun will produce over its 10-billion-year lifetime. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You know, there's black holes and what - could there be wormholes? Could - might there be a multi-verse? These are all fascinating frontiers. What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy? And what was around before the universe? And do we have access to higher dimensions? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 a grilled cheese sandwich or find a divine warning in a comet -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I think on some level, role models are overrated If you require a role model who looks just like you to be something you wanna be and you can't find one, is that a reason to not be what you wanna be? No! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Rational thoughts never drive people's creativity the way emotions do. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science is not just about seeing, it's about measuring, preferably with something that's not your own eyes, which are inextricably conjoined with the baggage of your brain. That baggage is more often than not a satchel of preconceived ideas, post-conceived notions, and outright bias. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I've been a minimalist my whole life, even if you wouldn't know it from my office. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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What do you call those knobby things on doors that help you open them? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The discovery of any kind of life [in Space] at all would be a tremendous watershed moment in biology, as well as all of science. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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First of all, as you know, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide everyone into two kinds of people and those who don't. But actually, there are three kinds of people in the world: those who are good at math and those who aren't. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The one we call Earth formed in a kind of Goldilocks zone around the Sun, where oceans remain largely in liquid form. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 how fragile and temporary our existence is here on Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 it all along. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 that someone else did, at a different time and place, you'll get the same result. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If cosmological theory were dominated by women, who are no strangers to cycles, how can we know for sure that we wouldn't then be told that the oscillating universe is the more aesthetically fulfilling alternative? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. If there's someone whose character you appreciated, you respect that trait. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The need to create a new taxonomy that isn't just applying to our own solar system will become so evident and apparent that something will come out of it. I'm sure of it, even if it's not tomorrow. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Wanna lose 1200 Calories a month? Drink a liter of ice water a day. You burn the energy just raising the water to body temp. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The people talking on their cell phone and following GPS instructions to where grandma's house is saying I don't need space - excuse me, that's how you know where grandma lives, and when to make the left turn. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Here's the story of how Pluto lost its planetary status and was demoted to an ice ball in the outer solar system. It's also about my role in this at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I think I'm misunderstood when I post these comments about films. So here is Kate Winslet [in Titanic] sitting on - you know, laying on this plank. This ship is down. She let her boyfriend drown. They didn't even try a second time to get him to float on that with her. So I'm angry by that, I think. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When we try to look farther into the universe we come to what appears to be the end of space but actually it's the beginning of time. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If a scientist is not befuddled by what they're looking at, then they're not a research scientist. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't even understand why I have 1.7 million Twitter followers. Every day, I want to remind them and say, "Do you realize I'm an astrophysicist? Do you know what you're doing here?" -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You can't come away with this cosmic perspective thinking that you are better than others and want to fight. That's why you'll never have astrophysicists leading nations into war. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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(An artist coworker of mine once asked whether alien life forms from Europa would be called Europeans. The absence of any other plausible answer forced me to say yes.) -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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My only hope is that every other alien civilization isn't doing exactly what we are doing because then everybody would be listening, nobody would be receiving, and we would collectively conclude that there is no other intelligent life in the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Let me tell you something about full moons: kids don't care about full moons. They'll play in a full moon, no worries at all. They only get scared of magic or werewolves from stupid adults and their stupid adult stories. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Emotional truths woven by lawyers in the court of law are apparently more important than the truths of actual events. I have grown to fear for those whose innocence became trapped within the legal system. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I try to keep this in mind when tied in to a rope 75 feet up in a tree ... The history of ideas about our place in the universe has been a long series of let-downs for those who like to believe we are special. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If the people of Comic-Con ruled the world ... then tomorrow would be invented every day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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As an educator, I think educators should meet the people wherever they are. Don't even ask them to come half-way. Find them where they are, and sit on a couch with them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Even the successful 1985 Bret Easton Ellis book (and 1987 film) Less Than Zero, which tracks the falling from grace of wealthy Los Angeles teens, could not be imagined with the logically equivalent title: Negative. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You don't take a dead cat to the vet. I mean you might, but why? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You have the illusion of free will, but, in fact, that illusion comes about because you don't know the future. Because you are a prisoner of the present, forever locked in transition, between the past and the future. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People don't think the universe be like it is, but it do. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You should chose your heroes a-la carte. Picking and choosing from one and then another, thereby assembling a kind of composite hero. That way when you discover something reprehensible about any one of them it matters nothing to you because that's not the part of them that piqued your interest. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I look forward to the day when the solar system becomes our collective backyard - explored not only with robots, but with the mind, body, and soul of our species. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It took the mind of Albert Einstein, the twentieth century's most brilliant and influential, to show that we can more accurately describe gravity's action-at-a-distance as a warp in the fabric of space-time, produced by any combination of matter and energy. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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One should not be too distracted by definitions. Ideas transcend definitions. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There are thousands of asteroids whose orbit in the Solar System crosses that of Earth. And we have a little acronym for them - NEOs: near Earth objects. And our biggest goal is to try to catalogue them, so we know in advance if one is going to put us at risk. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the cosmos. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Perhaps these ancient observatories like Stonehenge perennially impress modern people because modern people have no idea how the Sun, Moon, or stars move. We are too busy watching evening television to care what's going on in the sky. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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With regard to robots, in the early days of robots people said, 'Oh, let's build a robot' and what's the first thought? You make a robot look like a human and do human things. That's so 1950s. We are so past that. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Within the chemically rich liquid oceans, by a mechanism yet to be discovered, organic molecules transitioned to self-replicating life. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In physics, opinions don't matter, only demonstrated experiments. The day the fellow succeeds, if ever, he won't need anybody else's opinion. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Astronauts are the only kind of celebrity I know who can have a line of people waiting for their autograph, even if the line of people does not know in advance the astronaut's name. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I claim that space is part of our culture. You've heard complaints that nobody knows the names of the astronauts, that nobody gets excited about launches, that nobody cares anymore except people in the industry. I don't believe that for a minute. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Twenty-four astronauts hail from the swing state of Ohio - more than from any other state - including John Glenn (America's first to orbit Earth) and Neil Armstrong (the world's first to walk on the Moon). -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I never got into 'Star Wars.' Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If there's some kind of rock star status, would I be irresponsible if I didn't somehow use it for a continued greater good? I'm always involved in some way with reaching the public. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 flora and fauna during my lifetime -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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This leads me to ask how it came to be that Pluto is Mickey's dog, but Mickey is not Pluto's mouse. Something is awry in the taxonomic class of mammals in the Disney universe. I -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If you're really successful at bullshitting, it means you're not hanging around enough people smarter than you. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When you organize extraordinary missions, you attract people of extraordinary talent who might not have been inspired by or attracted to the goal of saving the world from cancer or hunger or pestilence. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In short, were it not for our ability to analyze spectra, we would know next to nothing about what goes on in the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science, enabled by engineering, empowered by NASA, tells us not only that we are in the universe but that the universe is in us. And for me, that sense of belonging elevates, not denigrates, the ego. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 itself, ensures to me that we have only just begun to figure out the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Ever since there have been people, there have been explorers, looking in places where other hadn't been before. Not everyone does it, but we are part of a species where some members of the species do-to the benefit of us all. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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iridium is one of the three heaviest (densest) elements on the Table - two cubic feet of it weighs as much as a Buick, which makes iridium one of the world's best paperweights, able to defy all known office fans. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Seventy percent of Earth's surface is water and over 99 percent is uninhabited, so you would expect nearly all impactors to hit either the ocean or desolate regions on Earth's surface. So why do movie meteors have such good aim? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Scientists in different disciplines don't speak the same language. They publish in different journals. It's like the United Nations: You come together, but no one speaks the same language, so you need some translators. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Santa knows Physics: Of all colors, Red Light penetrates fog best. That's why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 for going into space. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We fail in even the simplest of all scientific observations-nobody looks up anymore. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 in charge of the world -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Let's say intelligence is your ability to compose poetry, symphonies, do art, math and science. Chimps can't do any of that, yet we share 99 percent DNA. Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one-percent difference. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 and lifeless as Mars. (From the cover of Old Poison by Joan Francis) -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't have an issue with what you do in the church, but I'm gonna be up in your face if you're gonna knock on my science classroom and tell me they've got to teach what you're teaching in your Sunday school. Because that's when we're gonna fight! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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NASA has spin-offs, and it's a huge and very impressive list, including accurate and affordable LASIK eye surgery. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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No day before October 10, 1582, actually occurred on the Gregorian calendar for that was when the calendar was implemented officially. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting, when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 big because I'm connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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How much would you pay ... for the Universe? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There are no limits when you are surrounded by people who believe in you, or by people whose expectations are not set by the short-sighted attitudes of society, or by people who help to open doors of opportunity, not close them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We are born of this universe, we live in this universe, and the universe is in us. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there's equal opportunity, -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I was an aspiring astrophysicist, and that's how I defined myself, not by my skin color. People didn't treat me as someone with science ambitions. They treated me as someone they thought was going to mug them, or who was a shoplifter. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 not thought of by the persons building the roads. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We have people who believe they are scientifically literate but, in fact, are not. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 that's what really happened to all the water on Mars. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 and cold-blooded. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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...people taking the time and energy to ask about what they do not understand - I have renewed hope that society can shed its superstitions and embrace the enlightenment that comes from just a basic understanding of how the universe works. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Our history, in the cosmos and on planet Earth, was shaped by countless events, some obviously epic, some seemingly trivial, yet all vital in getting us to this point, here and now, the people we are today. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If God is the mystery of the universe, these mysteries, we're tackling these mysteries one by one. If you're going to stay religious at the end of the conversation, God has to mean more to you than just where science has yet to tread. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We begin with the stars, then ascend up and away out to the galaxy, the universe, and beyond. What did Buzz Lightyear say in Toy Story? "To Infinity and Beyond!" It's a big universe. I -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You cannot spontaneously levitate and hover above the ground, whether or not you are seated in the lotus position. Although, in principle, you could perform this stunt if you managed to let loose a powerful and sustained exhaust of flatulence. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 still at the mercy of nature. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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, we would be mining it daily for cosmic discovery. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The problem is that many people operate on the assumption that NASA should go to Congress every year with hat in hand and justify it every year. Well, I see it as the greatest economic driver that there ever was. Economic drivers don't need justification. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The past is another planet. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Each component of this trinity of human endeavor - science, religion, and art - lays powerful claim to our feelings of wonder, which derive from an embrace of the mysterious. Where mystery is absent, there can be no wonder. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The leptons most familiar to the non-physicist are the electron and perhaps the neutrino; and the most familiar quarks are . . . well, there are no familiar quarks. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Keep in mind that if you take a tour through a hospital and look at every machine with on and off switch that is brought into the service of diagnosing the human condition, that machine is based on principles of physics discovered by a physicist in a machine designed by an engineer. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science needs the light of free expression to flourish. It depends on the fearless questioning of authority, and the open exchange of ideas. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 to put forth in front of the American people. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Ever since the Industrial Revolution, investments in science and technology have proved to be reliable engines of economic growth. If homegrown interest in those fields is not regenerated soon, the comfortable lifestyle to which Americans have become accustomed will draw to a rapid close. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When you put money directly to a problem, it makes a good headline. It makes a good campaign slogan. You get to claim that you've engaged in these activities within an election cycle. But certain investments take longer than an election cycle. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Pretty much every plant and animal alive today is the result of eons of natural cross-breeding. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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, about three nanoseconds ago. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Grab something off the shelf that's on the spaceship-an ashtray, it doesn't matter what. Because I can tell you, if they flew here from another galaxy, no matter what you've pulled off the shelf, it'll be unlike anything we have on Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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While we may lose track of certain goals intermittently throughout the decades, I think we as a nation can be nimble when we need to be. All the buzz today is on the need for science literacy. That is on the agenda in ways it hasn't been in previous decades. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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where data are sparse, competing ideas abound that are clever and wishful. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There are no articles any more that dream about the cities of tomorrow. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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A bullet fired level from a gun will hit ground at same time as a bullet dropped from the same height. Do the Physics. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I want to create the airplane that flies in the rarified atmosphere of Mars. This is what galvanizes a generation to want to become scientists and engineers in the first place, not we need a scientist to develop a plane that's 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the one your parents flew. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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On the equator, where centrifugal forces are greatest, a 150-pound person will be a slender 149 pounds 14 ounces. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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'Boldly going where hundreds have gone before' does not make headlines. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In any city with lots of skyscrapers, lots of skyline, the moon seems bigger than it is. It's called the moon illusion. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Spin-off technologies are changing the culture. Even if you don't become an engineer you could be a poet, a journalist, a lawyer, but you will be thinking innovation and your actions within society, who you vote for, what you value, all become a participant in an innovation economy. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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night and day, a hundred billion neutrinos from the Sun pass through each square inch of your body, every second, without a trace of interaction with your body's atoms. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Carl Sagan spoke fluently between biology and geology and astrophysics and physics. If you move fluently across those boundaries, you realize that science is everywhere; science is not something you can step around or sweep under the rug. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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God displayed a sense of humor when he configured the region between our legs an entertainment complex built around a sewage system. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If that's how you want invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance that is getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The evidence all points to the fact that we occupy not a well-mannered clockwork universe, but a destructive, violent, and hostile zoo. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In 5-billion years the Sun will expand & engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Hunting for meteorites is like trying to find a pebble on miles of beach. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Dark energy is a mysterious pressure in the vacuum of space that acts in the opposite direction of gravity, forcing the universe to expand faster than it otherwise would. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I can't tell you how many people say they were turned off from science because of a science teacher that completely sucked out all the inspiration and enthusiasm they had for the course. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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A state of negative energy means that you are essentially getting something for nothing. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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How many times have you heard a person in a workplace say, "I wasn't trained for this!" That's an impossible reaction from a physicist, who would say, instead, "Cool. A problem I've never seen before. Let's see how I can figure out how to solve it!". -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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As the plow pushes through a parking lot of light fluffy snow, the snow clumps together in bigger and bigger chunks. Out in space, pressure hitting a gas cloud has a similar effect, except, instead of snowballs, you get stars! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 adults, you have undermined the very fabric of what makes a nation wealthy and strong. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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These same oxygen atoms, normally found in pairs (O2), also combined in threes to form ozone (O3) in the upper atmosphere, which serves as a shield that protects Earth's surface from most of the Sun's molecule-hostile ultraviolet photons. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I claim no special knowledge of when the end of science will come, or where the end might be found, or whether an end exists at all. What I do know is that our species is dumber than we normally admit to ourselves. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The first trillionaire in the world will be the person who mines asteroids. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The ordinary photon is a member of the boson family. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow's problems flow. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We embark on this quest not from a simple desire, but from a mandate of our species to search for our place in the cosmos. The quest is old, not new. And has garnered the attention of thinkers great and small, across time and across culture. What we have discovered, the poets have known all along. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There are a lot of things you can do in space, and space essentially is unlimited resources. We are climbing over ourselves here looking for the next source of energy. The universe has an unlimited source of energy. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 is primarily adults. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When you are 31 years, 7 months, 9 hours, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds old, you've lived your billionth second. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The more of us that feel the universe, the better off we will be in this world. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Climate change has taken on political dimensions. That's odd because I don't see people choosing sides over E=Mc2 or other fundamental facts of science. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We account for one-sixth of the forces of gravity we see in the universe. There is no known objects accounting for most of the effective gravity in the universe. Something is making stuff move that is not anything we have ever touched. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The cosmic perspective opens our minds to extraordinary ideas but does not leave them so open that our brains spill out, making us susceptible to believing anything we're told. The -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We can trace the elements. They were forged in the centers of high-mass stars that went unstable at the ends of their lives, they exploded, scattered their enriched contents across the galaxy, sprinkled into gas clouds that then collapsed and formed stars and planets and life. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm fascinated by the deaths of stars and the havoc they wreak on their environments. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Our five senses are faulty data-taking devices, and they need help. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind. Because it transforms who we are, how we live, and it gives us an understanding of our place in the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The universe's destiny has very little to do with the near-term destiny of Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 walk away real quickly. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I can tell you about the universe, but she feels it; and when you feel the universe, it has a whole other meaning to you. Otherwise, you just put a Wiki page on camera. You can learn something, but it won't mean anything to you later on. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm perennially intrigued how people who lead largely evidence-based lives can, in a belief-based part of their mind, be certain that an invisible, divine entity created an entire universe just for us, or that the government is stockpiling space aliens in a secret desert location. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It's always interesting just to see how the human mind is relating to the natural universe, and what we try to make of it just so we can believe we understand what's going on. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Give a kid a book, and you change the world. In a way, even the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Any astrophysicist does not feel small looking up at the universe; we feel large. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The universe is so amazing and so limitless, who wouldn't want to study the universe? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The cosmic perspective not only embraces our genetic kinship with all life on Earth but also values our chemical kinship with any yet-to-be discovered life in the universe, as well as our atomic kinship with the universe itself. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science literacy is being plugged into the forces that power the universe. There is no excuse for thinking that the Sun, which is a million times the size of Earth, orbits Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People credit me for making the universe interesting when in fact the universe is inherently interesting, and I'm merely revealing that fact. I don't think I'm anything special for this to happen. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm baffled all the time. We don't know what's driving 96% of the universe. Everybody you know and love and heard of and think about and see in the night sky through a telescope: four percent of the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There's as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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That is a big question we all have: are we alone in the universe? And exoplanets confirm the suspicion that planets are not rare. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We are star dust in the highest exalted way, called by the universe, reaching out to the universe -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Shortly before, during, and after the strong and electroweak forces parted company, the universe was a seething soup of quarks, leptons, and their antimatter siblings, along with bosons, the particles that enable their interactions. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We're talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The universe is large and old, and the ingredients for life as we know it are everywhere, so there's no reason to think that Earth would be unique in that regard. Whether of not the life became intelligent is a different question, and we'll see if we find that. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I lose sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe. I don't know. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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While I'm a big fan of science fiction, especially as rendered in expensive Hollywood blockbusters, it's the real universe that calls to me. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Since life on Earth is, so far, the only known example of life in the universe, our dilemma may simply be that we have no other examples to compare us with. If we did, then the life/non-life transition might look downright simple to us. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I study the universe. It's the second oldest profession. People have been looking up for a long time. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I as an astrophysicist, see the universe, feel the universe, smell the universe every day. Every day. And for people to say, I'm cool, I'm right here, it's all I need. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I love the smell of the universe in the morning. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We live on a cosmic speck of dust, orbiting a mediocre star in the far suburbs of a common sort of galaxy, among a hundred billion galaxies in the universe. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The universe has never made one of anything, so why would there even be one of itself? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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To believe in a universe as young as 6- or 7,000 years old, is to extinguish the light of most of the galaxy. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When I wrestled, I would set aside the time to wrestle, so that in my mind it didn't interfere with my study time. That helped me psychologically. When I'm wrestling, I'm not studying the universe. And when I'm studying the universe, I'm not wrestling. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If the universe is anything, it should be fun. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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To declare that Earth must be the only planet in the universe with life would be inexcusably big-headed of us. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It's part of our pop culture to give animals human personalities and talents. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Big ideas, big ambitious projects need to be embedded within culture at a level deeper than the political winds. It needs to be deeper than the economic fluctuations that could turn people against an expensive project because they're on an unemployment line and can't feed their families. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Consider this pronouncement, inscribed on an Assyrian tablet circa 2800 B.C.: Our earth is degenerate these days ... bribery and corruption abound, children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and the end of the world is evidently approaching. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If there were biologists among the extremophiles organisms that live in extreme conditions, they would surely classify themselves as normal and any life that thrived in room temperature as an extremophile. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Some asteroids have us in their sights. Be nice to sort of go near them and find out what they're made of, possibly tag their ears so they're always broadcasting to us their location. In case one of their trajectories head straight for us, we'll know well in advance to do something about it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Would a NASA reality show "Lunar Shore" be more popular than "Jersey Shore?" Civilization's future depends on that answer. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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No matter what eyewitness testimony is in the court of law, it is the lowest form of evidence in the court of science. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The good thing about the laws of physics is that they require no law enforcement agencies to maintain them -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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, and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If the United States commits to the goal of reaching Mars, it will almost certainly do so in reaction to the progress of other nations - as was the case with NASA, the Apollo program, and the project that became the International Space Station. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't comment on the physics errors of 'Star Wars,' all right. I just - you let that one go. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People who are scientists today are scientists in spite of the system, typically, not because of it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they've beaten our top human chess champions. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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What are we promoting in society? Well-behaved automatons that spew back what they learned in a book. That's not science. You can get a parrot to do that. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The whole society has to recognize the importance of the value in embracing what science is going into the 21st Century. Otherwise, we might as well start packing and moving back into the cave right now, because that's where we'll end up. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'd like - inviting aliens and have them observe what we do because so much of what we do that we take for granted will just be weird or extraordinary or just plain dumb when observed by an alien from another civilization. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When people believe a tale that conflicts with self-checkable evidence it tells me that people undervalue the role of evidence on formulating an internal belief system. Why this is so is not clear, but it enables many people to hold fast to ideas and notions based purely on supposition. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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A modern example of this stunning knowledge of nature that Einstein has gifted us, comes from 2016, when gravitational waves were discovered by a specially designed observatory tuned for just this purpose. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA). -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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A conspiracy theorist is a person who tacitly admits that they have insufficient data to prove their points. A conspiracy is a battle cry of a person with insufficient data. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The exact orbit of Earth is controlled by the Sun's mass and the mass of all remaining planets. An object's mass and its distance is all we need to know to completely determine the effects of its gravity on Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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For me at age 11, I had a pair of binoculars and looked up to the moon, and the moon wasn't just bigger, it was better. There were mountains and valleys and craters and shadows. And it came alive. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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No one with a living room radio that was a piece of furniture at the time would say, gee. I want to carry that around on my hip pocket. That was not a thought until NASA initiated this whole exercise. So there's an influence that's not just spinoff. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 that in my pocket.' Which is a non-thought. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Speaking as just simply an American who cares about the economic health of our country, I see one of the surest ways to bring wealth and prosperity to the country is to innovate in science and technology. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There is no true understanding of Biology without Chemistry. And there's no true understanding of Chemistry without Physics. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The miniaturization of electronics, which ultimately was driven by the marketplace, was started by NASA, because it costs money to get something into orbit. So you want to trim your electronics, miniaturize your electronics, miniaturize your satellites. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The limits on your enlightenment come not from the age you stopped going to school but from the age you stopped being curious. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Life existed on Earth for nearly four billion years before anything remotely resembling a human being showed up. And even then, when we started to branch off from other apes about 10,000,000 years ago, our ancestors looked pretty different. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Nonetheless, they remind us that ignorance is the natural state of mind for a research scientist. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Cool stars are red. Tepid stars are white. Hot stars are blue. Very hot stars are still blue. How about the very, very hot places, like the 15-million-degree center of the Sun? Blue. To an astrophysicist, red-hot foods and red-hot lovers both leave room for improvement. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm constantly claimed by atheists. I find this intriguing. In fact, on my Wiki page - I didn't create the Wiki page, others did, and I'm flattered that people cared enough about my life to assemble it - and it said, 'Neil deGrasse is an atheist.' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 within it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 I hear out of people that had revelation of Jesus, who go on their pilgrimages to Mecca. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question everything. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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'Cosmos' wouldn't deserve its place in primetime evening network television were it not a landscape on which compelling stories were told. People, when they watch TV in the evening, want to see stories, and science simply tells the best stories. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Feeling a little small? Well, in the context of the cosmos, we are small. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't want to be the embarrassment of the galaxy to have had the power to deflect an asteroid, and then not and end up going extinct. We'd be the laughingstock of the aliens of the cosmos if that were the case. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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And the cosmos ends. Not with a bang but with a whimper. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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... and I submit to you, that science, scientific discovery, especially cosmic discovery, does not become mainstream until the artist embraces the fruits of those discoveries. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight, humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Some people think emotionally more often than they think politically. Some think politically more often than they think rationally. Others never think rationally about anything at all.
No judgment implied. Just an observation. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science literacy is an important part of what it is to be an informed citizen of society. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We explore our environment, more than we are compelled to utter poetry, when we're toddlers. We start doing that later. Before that happens, every child is a scientist. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The school system is constructed to praise you if you get high grades. And if you get straight A's, you're the one that everyone puts forward, and they prognosticate that the straight-A person is the one most likely to succeed, because that's the way the school system is constructed and conceived. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 the Bible is the fact that general relativity is the organizing principle for the Big Bang. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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As an educator, I try to get people to be fundamentally curious and to question ideas that they might have or that are shared by others. In that state of mind, they have earned a kind of inoculation against the fuzzy thinking of these weird ideas floating around out there. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm not criticizing the science in Star Wars. That's a waste of everybody's time. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science surrounds you. It's not something that you can step aside, step over or push out of your way because you were never good at science in school. Science is around you. Once you know and embrace that fact, it might stimulate curiosity within you to learn more about the natural world. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Photons are accurately and legitimately described as waves and particles at the same time. They are genuine wavicles. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 wrong. And by the way, they are famous in their own lifetimes. We don't wait until they're dead. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I love being wrong because that means in that instant, I learned something new that day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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One of the most significant events in our distant past is still perhaps the greatest mystery: the origins of life itself. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Knowledge of the natural world and how it works should be counted as fundamental to informed governance. You can't have a functioning democracy, if the electorate is under-informed or, worse, mis-informed. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Physics is the only profession in which prophecy is not only accurate but routine. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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To learn that it's easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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As Einstein once wrote (more ringingly in German than in this English translation by one of us [DG]) to honor Isaac Newton: Look unto the stars to teach us How the master's thoughts can reach us Each one follows Newton's math Silently along its path. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I think the greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If aliens did visit us, I'd be embarrassed to tell them we still dig fossil fuels from the ground as a source of energy. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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." -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It's okay not to know all the answers. It's better to admit our ignorance than to believe answers that might be wrong. Pretending to know everything, closes the door to finding out what's really there. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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So when I think of, what is the meaning of life, to me, that's not an eternal unanswerable question. To me it is in arms reach of me every day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Some air you inhale was exhaled by Cleopatra. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People generally don't recognize how long it takes to conceive, publish, and write a book. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The only way you can invent tomorrow is if you break out of the enclosure that the school system has provided for you by the exams written by people who are trained in another generation. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 figured out how to do it yet. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 sense ... -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Whether or not you can become great at something, you can always become better. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Mount Everest is about as tall as a mountain on Earth can grow before the lower rock layers succumb to their own plasticity under the mountain's weight. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If there's something that someone else can do, let them do it. If I couldn't do it uniquely, let someone else do it and I would get back to the lab. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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This general flattening of objects that rotate is why Earth's pole-to-pole diameter is smaller than its diameter at the equator. Not by much: three-tenths of one percent - about twenty-six miles. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Dark matter is a mysterious substance that has gravity but does not interact with light in any known way. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The greatest explorer of recent decades is not even human. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We live on this speck called Earth - think about what you might do, today or tomorrow - and make the most of it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In particular, a quantity known as the fine-structure constant, which controls the basic fingerprinting for every element, must have remained unchanged for billions of years. Of -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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.' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We are, each of us, a little Universe -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We're a sleepy nation right now. I want us to be a nation of innovation. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The Big Bang Theory: When geeky scientists can be main characters in a hit prime time series, you know there's hope for the world. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 all life on Earth is not only solid science. In my view, it's also a soaring spiritual experience. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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And what happens when you stop innovating? Everyone else catches up, your jobs go overseas, and then you cry foul: Ooohh, they're paying them less over there, and the playing field is not level. Well, stop whining and start innovating. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The cosmic perspective shows Earth to be a mote. But it's a precious mote and, for the moment, it's the only home we have. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I have yet to see a successful prediction about the physical world that was inferred or extrapolated from the content of any religions document. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The easy part is the ray's 500-second speed-of-light jaunt from the Sun to Earth, through the void of interplanetary space. The hard part is the light's million-year adventure to get from the Sun's center to its surface. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Too many people view on [space exploration] as a luxury rather than as a fundamental driver to stimulate interest in science to everyone in the educational pipeline. It's vital to our prosperity and security. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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America 2012: The Learning Channel has HoneyBooBoo, History Channel has PawnStars: and the Science Channel has PumpkinChunkin -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We live in a world where not everyone has the urge to help others ... It is OK to encourage others to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, but if you do, just remember that some people have no boots. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I fear living a life where I could have accomplished something and didn't. That's what I fear. I don't fear death. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Let's get China to leak a memo that says they want to build military bases on Mars. We'd be on Mars in twelve months. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Space in general gave us GPS - that's not specifically NASA, but it's investments in space. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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On some issues, I'm a staunch Conservative - like curtailing greenhouse gas emissions so that we can Conserve the environment. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The solar system should be viewed as our backyard, not as some sequence of destinations that we do one at a time. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We have bred multiple generations of people who have not experienced knowing where you are the moment a news story broke, with that news story being great and grand and something that elevates society instead of diminishes it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The idea that science is just some luxury that you'll get around to if you can afford it is regressive to any future a country might dream for itself. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There is no greater education than one that is self-driven. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing. That's what scientists do every day. If a scientist already knew what they were doing, they wouldn't be discovering anything, because they already knew what they were doing. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't want to die ... I don't want to die poor. Two great motivators in the history of human cultures. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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My investment of time, as an educator, in my judgment, is best served teaching people how to think about the world around them. Teach them how to pose a question. How to judge whether one thing is true versus the other. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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But to measure cause and effect ... you must ensure that a simple correlation, however tempting it may be, is not mistaken for a cause. In the 1990s the stork population of Germany increased and the German at-home birth rate rose as well. Shall we credit storks for airlifting the babies? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The humblest person in this world is the astrophysicist. Because we are face to face with our ignorance every single day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There's something about witnessing something in the sky that makes people think they're seeing something unique or special. I don't really understand the psychology of it, to be honest. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science depends on organized skepticism, that is, on continual, methodical doubting. Few of us doubt our own conclusions, so science embraces its skeptical approach by rewarding those who doubt someone else's. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When NASA says they're going into space, they don't mean up and back. They mean orbit. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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What would aliens say when told earthlings shift clocks twice a year to fool themselves into thinking there's more sunlight? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If we want to unlock the secret behind the origin of our sun and its planets, it would be helpful to find some remnants from the birth itself, an event that took place about four-and-a-half-billion years ago. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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When a coincidence seems amazing, that's because the human mind isn't wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If we don't act , we're just standing still. and the act of standing still is the same as moving backwards when everyone else is in motion all around us, around the world -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Wow, monitor lizards are pretty gnarly creatures. I want to go with the monitor lizard. That's just weird enough to be true. No? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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People like death and mayhem. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions, you've got to send humans. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Adults, who outnumber kids four or five to one, are in charge. We wield the resources, run the world, and completely thwart kids' creativity. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'd rather enjoy the money, and then be buried, offering my body back to the flora and fauna of which I have dined my whole life. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don't expect. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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In the beginning, there was physics. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It is the destiny of stars to collapse. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If you only think of me during Black History Month, I must be failing as an educator and as an astrophysicist. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Publicly and among themselves biologists rightly celebrate the diversity of life on Earth ... At the end of the day, however, their confession is heard by no one: they work with a single scientific sample-life on Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Innovations in science and technology are the engines of the 21st-century economy; if you care about the wealth and health of your nation tomorrow, then you'd better rethink how you allocate taxes to fund science. The federal budget needs to recognize this. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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To earn the right to be criticized on a scientific level is a high compliment indeed. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There's a lot to do in space. I want to learn more about the greenhouse effect on Venus, about whether there was life on Mars, about the environment in which Earth and the Sun is immersed, the behavior of the Sun. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We are, each of us, is a little Universe -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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All information is good, even when it is bad. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Gamma rays are the sort of radiation you should avoid. Want proof? Just remember how the comic strip character "The Hulk" became big, green, and ugly. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Geek e-mail sign-off: No trees were killed to send this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If I live a day and I don't know a little more than I did the day before, I think I wasted that day. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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WhenIWasYourAge: We had to open all doors by ourselves. None of them knew we were coming. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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For most of human civilization, the pace of innovation has been so slow that a generation might pass before a discovery would influence your life, culture or the conduct of nations. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Adding travel time lost during the pit stop between photon absorption and re-emission, the total trip lasts about a million years. If a photon had a clear path from the Sun's center to its surface, its journey would instead last all of 2.3 seconds. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Matter tells space how to curve, and space tells matter how to move. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 acid is absorbed, and headaches go away-all during the commercial. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I would say - and paint doesn't peel unless it's acrylic paint, so maybe it is acrylic paint that they're using, not oil paint. So let me say yes, it would be acrylic house paint, which, when it dries, peels very nicely. So let's go with that. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Space only becomes ordinary when the frontier is no longer being breached. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I believe that the manned space program can engage the public by advancing the space frontier. Every next mission takes you farther out in space than you were before, either technologically or in terms of distance. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We should not measure our space-faring era by where footprints have been laid ... We should measure our era by how many people take no notice at all. A legacy rises to become culture only when its elements are so common that they no longer attract comment. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Venus has a runaway greenhouse effect. I kind of want to know what happened there because we're twirling knobs here on Earth without knowing the consequences of it. Mars once had running water. It's bone dry today. Something bad happened there as well. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Companies want to innovate. Companies that don't innovate wither on the vine. The connection between STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the financial stability of a nation is what needs to established. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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As areas of knowledge grow, so too do the perimeters of ignorance. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I'm doing something for society. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Let's find a new way to think about the entire taxonomy of solar system objects, and not clutch to this concept of 'planet,' which, of course, only ever meant, 'Do you move against the background stars, regardless of what you're made of?' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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At the altitude of about 23,000 miles the satellite takes 23 hours and 56 minutes to orbit Earth. Earth takes 23 hours and 56 minutes to rotate. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The urge to want some bit of information to be true often clouds our ability to assess why that information may be false. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something - for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars - I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The greatest teachers are the ones that turn a B student into an A student, or a failing student into a B student. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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It's odd that the word 'atheist' even exist. I don't play golf, is there a word for non-golf players ? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The tenacity of life is mind-boggling. We keep finding it where no one thought it could be. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The Speed of Light: It's Not Just a Good Idea It's the Law. Unlike -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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 on Earth. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Once you've got the makings of a star, gravity draws leftover gas and dust into a giant swirling disk. The dust continues to stick together, clumping into rocky asteroids, which eventually become orbiting rocky planets. And voila: a solar system! -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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One of the reasons we're here, that we exist at all, is that Earth, cosmically speaking, is in a relatively peaceful place: orbiting our Sun in a near perfect circle. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't like trying to influence politicians, who are themselves representative of huge numbers of people. As an educator, I'd rather enlighten the people and educate the people and let they be the ones who put the pressure on their elected officials. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If you slid Pluto to where Earth is right now, heat from the sun would evaporate that ice, and it would grow a tail. Now that's no kind of behavior for a planet. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The persistent failures of controlled, double-blind experiments to support the claims of parapsychology suggest that what's going on is nonsense rather than sixth sense. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I never volunteer to talk about god or religion, but people feel compelled to talk about it. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We define ourselves as intelligent. That's odd, because we're doing the definition - We're creating our own definition and saying, 'We are intelligent!' -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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All of the full moons for the entire year are special in that they have particular names. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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helium became the first and only element in the chemist's Periodic Table to be discovered someplace other than Earth. Okay, -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Although I'm not actually embarrassed by this, I tend not to read books that have awesome movies made from them, regardless of how well or badly the movie represented the actual written story. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The cross pollination of disciplines is fundamental to truly revolutionary advances in our culture. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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, which would be extraordinary for the field of biology. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The history of exploration has never been driven by exploration. But Columbus himself was a discoverer. So was Magellan. But the people who wrote checks were not. They had other motivations. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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These early, single-celled organisms unwittingly transformed Earth's carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into one with sufficient oxygen to allow aerobic organisms to emerge and dominate the oceans and land. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Scientists are human. We have our blind spots and prejudices. Science is a mechanism designed to ferret them out. Problem is we aren't always faithful to the core values of science. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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We need more science in the world. Train me. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I'm often asked - and occasionally in an accusatory way - 'Are you atheist?' And it's like, 'You know, the only 'ist' I am is a scientist, all right?' I don't associate with movements. I'm not an 'ism.' I just - I think for myself. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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There's an old saying in the space community: 'If God wanted us to be a spacefaring species, he would have given us a moon'. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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What you need, above all else, is a love for your subject, whatever it is. You've got to be so deeply in love with your subject that when curve balls are thrown, when hurdles are put in place, you've got the energy to overcome them. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I am not the most annoying person to bring to a movie 'cause I basically hold it in and write about it later or tweet about it. The most annoying people to bring to movies, I think we all agree, are those who read the book first. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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I don't have specific television ambitions in the sense that I remain fundamentally and academic, and so, my innermost ambitions are what's the next discovery I can make; that's in my direct center. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science reveals that all life on Earth is one. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The options available to a creative person are ever limited by the choices offered by a philosopher. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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What's up with chicks and science? -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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The history of science shows that great mysteries get solved. It may be that there's an answer that humans are too stupid to understand. I'm intrigued by that possibility. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Why can't Pluto be a planet? Some people like Pluto. And if it doesn't exist then they don't have a favorite planet. Right? Please write back but not in cursive because I can't read cursive. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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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. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Never presume that just because you disagree with an idea that you must be correct. -- Neil Degrasse Tyson
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