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Quote: Not enough people in this world, I think, carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life-changing. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Not enough people in this world, I think, carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life-changing.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.




Quote: One of the things that fascinates me most is when people are so charmed by the universe that it becomes part of their artistic output. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.




Quote: All of the full moons for the entire year are special in that they have particular names. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

All of the full moons for the entire year are special in that they have particular names.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.






Quote: Stephen Hawking's been watching too many Hollywood movies. I think the only kind aliens in Hollywood are the ones created by Steven Spielberg -- 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'E.T.,' for example. All other aliens are trying to suck our brains out. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Stephen Hawking's been watching too many Hollywood movies. I think the only kind aliens in Hollywood are the ones created by Steven Spielberg -- 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'E.T.,' for example. All other aliens are trying to suck our brains out.




Quote: Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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




Quote: The most creative people are motivated by the grandest of problems that are presented before them. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

The most creative people are motivated by the grandest of problems that are presented before them.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: The center line of science literacy -- which not many people tell you, but I feel this strongly, and I will go to my grave making this point -- is how you think. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

The center line of science literacy -- which not many people tell you, but I feel this strongly, and I will go to my grave making this point -- is how you think.


Quote: I like to believe that science is becoming mainstream. It should have never been something that sort of geeky people do and no one else thinks about. Whether or not, it will always be what geeky people do. It should, as a minimum, be what everybody thinks about because science is all around us. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote: I like to believe that science is becoming mainstream. It should have never been something that sort of geeky people do and no one else thinks about. Whether or not, it will always be what geeky people do. It should, as a minimum, be what everybody thinks about because science is all around us.- black text on quotes background

I like to believe that science is becoming mainstream. It should have never been something that sort of geeky people do and no one else thinks about. Whether or not, it will always be what geeky people do. It should, as a minimum, be what everybody thinks about because science is all around us.


Quote: I don't comment on the physics errors of 'Star Wars,' all right. I just -- you let that one go. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

I don't comment on the physics errors of 'Star Wars,' all right. I just -- you let that one go.


Quote: 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.' by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote; white text on black background

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.'


Quote: If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions, you've got to send humans. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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!' by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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!'


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: Adults, who outnumber kids four or five to one, are in charge. We wield the resources, run the world, and completely thwart kids' creativity. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Adults, who outnumber kids four or five to one, are in charge. We wield the resources, run the world, and completely thwart kids' creativity.




Quote: I don't want people to say, 'Something is true because Tyson says it is true.' That's not critical thinking. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

I don't want people to say, 'Something is true because Tyson says it is true.' That's not critical thinking.


Quote: Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: All Plutophiles are based in America. If you go to other countries, they have much less of an attachment to either the existence or preservation of Pluto as a planet. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.


Quote: If Mars formed life, then life on Earth could have been seeded by life on Mars, making every life form on Earth descended from Martians. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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




Quote: Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: I never got into 'Star Wars.' Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: 'Boldly going where hundreds have gone before' does not make headlines. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

'Boldly going where hundreds have gone before' does not make headlines.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: It's part of our pop culture to give animals human personalities and talents. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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




Quote: Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: There is always a place I can take someone's curiosity and land where they end up enlightened when we're done. That's my challenge as an educator. No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

There is always a place I can take someone's curiosity and land where they end up enlightened when we're done. That's my challenge as an educator. No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.


Quote: What people are really after is, what is my stance on religion or spirituality or God? And I would say, if I find a word that came closest, it would be agnostic. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

What people are really after is, what is my stance on religion or spirituality or God? And I would say, if I find a word that came closest, it would be agnostic.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: The solar system should be viewed as our backyard, not as some sequence of destinations that we do one at a time. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

The solar system should be viewed as our backyard, not as some sequence of destinations that we do one at a time.


Quote: 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.' by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.'


Quote: We didn't go to the moon to explore or because it was in our DNA or because we're Americans. We went because we were at war and we felt a threat. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: Part of what it is to be scientifically-literate, it's not simply, 'Do you know what DNA is? Or what the Big Bang is?' That's an aspect of science literacy. The biggest part of it is do you know how to think about information that's presented in front of you. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Part of what it is to be scientifically-literate, it's not simply, 'Do you know what DNA is? Or what the Big Bang is?' That's an aspect of science literacy. The biggest part of it is do you know how to think about information that's presented in front of you.


Quote: '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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

'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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.




Quote: We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.


Quote: Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: There is no greater education than one that is self-driven. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.




Quote: You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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


Quote: You can't have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That's a recipe for disaster. And I don't mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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






Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: We live on this speck called Earth -- think about what you might do, today or tomorrow -- and make the most of it. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

We live on this speck called Earth -- think about what you might do, today or tomorrow -- and make the most of it.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: We think scientific literacy flows out of how many science facts can you recite rather than how was your brain wired for thinking. And it's the brain wiring that I'm more interested in rather than the facts that come out of the curriculum or the lesson plan that's been proposed. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote; white text on black background

We think scientific literacy flows out of how many science facts can you recite rather than how was your brain wired for thinking. And it's the brain wiring that I'm more interested in rather than the facts that come out of the curriculum or the lesson plan that's been proposed.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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?' by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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?'


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil deGrasse Tyson with quote

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.


Quote: Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening. by author Neil deGrasse Tyson overlaid on photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson quote; white text on black background

Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening.


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