Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse

American Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author and Science Communicator, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium

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

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

You don't take a dead cat to the vet. I mean you might, but why?

When we finally create a cloning machine, we should clone those teachers. Maybe that's 100 years from now, but that's at the top of my list. Until that happens, the educational system has not fully understood the causes and effects of achievement and success in life. There remains a culture that equates high grades with success in school and correlates success in school with success in life. That mentality is so deep within us that it may be inextricable from our behavior.

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.

You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues.

When we see animals doing remarkable things, how do we know if we're simply seeing tricks or signs of real intelligence? Are talented animals just obeying commands, or do they have some kind of deeper understanding? One of the biggest challenges for animal researchers is to come up with tests that can distinguish between the two.

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

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.

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.

Without a doubt, the most spectacular way to die in space is to fall into a black hole.

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.?

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.

Without physics there?d be no Fashion Channel ? there?d be no TV. But w/o fashion, physicists might just be naked. Not good.

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.

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.

Words that make questions may not be questions at all.

You've never seen me debate anybody. On anything. Ever. 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 another. What the laws of physics say.

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.

Just an FYI: It takes twice as much energy to throw a baseball 100mph than it does to throw one at 70mph. Do the Physics

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.

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.

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

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.

Pretty much every plant and animal alive today is the result of eons of natural cross-breeding.

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American Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author and Science Communicator, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium