neil degrasse tyson

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If everyone had the luxury of expressing the unique combinations of talents in this world, our society would be transformed- overnight. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Gaiman Describe Vision & Brilliance

(thank you upworthy for yet another incredible find)

luxury neils

the luxury to do something else.. to do..

the thing you can't not do


nov 2014:

Neil responds to six-year-old – “How can first graders help the earth?”



recent interview with Bill Moyers:


Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

I’m often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science, and I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period. I don’t care about your economic background. I don’t care what town you’re born in, what city, what country. If you’re a child, you are curious about your environment.



The Most Human Activity

“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching them to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

the greatest people in society – were never versions of someone else..

authenticity...  eu\daimon\ia

if everyone had the luxury to be themselves.. our society would be transformed over night..


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Tyson recalls that “so strong was that imprint [of the night sky] that I’m certain that I had no choice in the matter, that in fact, the universe called me.”

Astronomer Carl Sagan, who was a faculty member at Cornell University, tried to recruit Tyson to Cornell for undergraduate studies. In an interview with writer Daniel Simone, Tyson said:

Interestingly, when I applied to Cornell, my application dripped of my passion for the study and research of the Universe. Somehow the admissions office brought my application to the attention of the late Dr. Sagan, and he actually took the initiative and care to contact me. He was very inspirational and a most powerful influence. Dr. Sagan was as great as the universe, an effective mentor.

As director of the Hayden Planetarium, Tyson bucked traditional thinking in order to keep Pluto from being referred to as the ninth planet in exhibits at the center. Tyson has explained that he wanted to look at commonalities between objects, grouping the terrestrial planets together, the gas giants together, and Pluto with like objects and to get away from simply counting the planets. He has stated on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and BBC Horizon that this decision has resulted in large amounts of hate mail, much of it from children.[22] In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) confirmed this assessment by changing Pluto to the dwarf planet classification. Daniel Simone wrote of the interview with Tyson describing his frustration. “For a while, we were not very popular here at the Hayden Planetarium.”

his site:

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Neil is director of the hayden planetarium:

hayden planetarium


as shared by barefoot college on fb:

degrasse quotes


via upworthy – for easier access to selected piece – to to their actual post here..

if you listen to link below – start about 1:02.. to 1:05

1:05 ish – before we start talking about genetic differences, we’ve got to come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity..


intro’d to this interview by Myles Dyer:


sept 2014:

So there’s a lot of things you do in school that accrue in other ways to your talent and enlightenment. But there’s so much that does not, and that worries me. These are precious hours that we spend that we will never get back, unless you continue on to educate yourself after the time where the law says you don’t have to.

also – tidbit – snippets.. 24/7 ness of twitter vs courses/classes et al


via Neil – 8 free books everyone should read:


2013 asimov panel of nothing


april 2015 – library,

video 1 – library matching curiosities – if you don’t lose that curiosity… you are stocking your library – blended with your idiosyncratic ness – stock your library

video 2- on categorizing people.. rather than labels.. conversations.. we are all genetically related… so our capabilities lie in this great expand

don’t call me left-brain right-brain – call me a human

video 3 – on optimism.. to invent a better tomorrow

video 4 – on juggling information – jon stewart – always about the person being interviewed.. the vector never goes back to him..


talking to Ed Snowden – sept 2015

1st bit starts at 4 min

2nd bit starts at 25 min

26 min – meta data – the context of a convo rather than content – more valuable than content – easier to run algorithm against it.. meta data is very small – when you have enough meta data – don’t need content..

29 min – encryption –

33 min – 3d space.. multi-factor authentification… ie: sms code.. physical identifier, …

35 min – govt trying to speed up lapse of getting ideas of academics..

do this first: free art ists

3rd part – 40 min

cosmic microwave background

42 min – random numbers not truly random from machine… so where to get them from.. paper saying to use the noise from cosmic background.. to seed randomness

46 min – (neil) – could use pulsars..

signal noise.. is it really noise..? or is it signal..? – something poetic to think the universe is talking to us..

(neil) – signals i’m uninterested in because i’m paying attention to signals i am interested in…

48 min – by listening to something.. we can suffer unintended consequences… the problem is mass surveillance.. we’ve got govt’s co-opted tele communications… despite fact they claim legal authority… it never made a single difference in terrorist.. but the result of rest .. taking away.. by creating haystack of human lives.. we’re losing the needles rather than finding them….

51 min – on profiling… makes criminals out of innocent people.. rather than profiling.. probably cause.. we don’t watch people who haven’t done anything wrong..

53 min – investigating everybody all the time.. just in case




his montage is a lovely bit of the man’s mind and way of explaining.

10 Times Neil deGrasse Tyson Blew Our Minds