So guess who’s coming to my campus…
Everybody wants to live longer, and I don’t know what that means “to live longer.”
Suppose you could live 10,000 years. Then what’s your urge to get out of bed the next morning? There’s no time pressure on you… to achieve… to accomplish… to love.
When you give flowers to a loved one on a special occasion, are they made of plastic so that they live forever? No. They’re made of… flower petals, there’s a pistil, there’s a stamen, there’s a stalk. And that will all die. And it’s the fact that it dies that empowers our emotions to appreciate it that much more.
So the finiteness of life forces me to appreciate every sunrise that I wake up every day. And if I live forever I don’t know that I would have those emotions or those feelings or that sense that the day awaits my energy.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, on life and death
And you owe it to yourself to watch his face as he says these words… such passion and spirit… video here. I adore this man.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: religion and science
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was recently interviewed by Bill Moyersto discuss the…
This is basically how an adult is supposed to react to a child’s interest about anything at all
What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters on an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos.
Have a nice day.
|—||Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries” (via astro-stoner)|
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. We understand there are bigger problems we need to solve as a species than what God you pray to.
“Any time scientists disagree, it’s because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I’m right or you’re right or we’re both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion. It does not exist in so much of what we do as human beings on this Earth that it’s almost tragic.
|—||www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2014/1/22/neil-degrasse-tyson-why-you-will-never-find-scientists-leading-armies-into-battle/ (via heyahennifer)|