S04E07 - The Apology Insufficiency
Big Brain Theory: StarTalk Live! at BAM Part 1 This Sunday
If you didn’t attend StarTalk Live! at BAM earlier this year, and somebody told you that the two science guests that evening were Dr. Heather Berlin, an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Mayim Bialik, who plays neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, you might be a bit confused, for which you would understandably be forgiven.
But, as Mayim says during Part 1 of “Big Brains at BAM”, “I’m not just a neuroscientist in real life, but I play one on TV.” And she’s got the PhD to prove it.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, had an unprecedented rollout in 180 countries, making it the most-watched National Geographic series ever. Variety reports:
A whopping 135 million people — including 45 million in the U.S. — watched at least some of the 13-part science series, National Geographic Channel announced today. Overall, it aired on all 90 National Geographic Channels as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, making this the largest global launch ever for a television series.
If you haven’t heard our interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, listen to it here.
“The genetic code is written in an alphabet consisting of only four letters. Each letter is a molecule made of atoms; each word is three letters long. Every living thing is a masterpiece, written by nature and edited by evolution.”
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
The story behind the Selfie
Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the Cosmic Perspective and why we “look up” at SXSW. I implore you to look up other videos of him on YouTube. He’s amazing at what he does and truly inspirational.
I think scientific literacy, especially a scientifically literate electorate, is one of the most important pillars of any society and is gaining momentum. As Dr. Tyson mentions, science is becoming mainstream.
To deny science- to deny facts- is, to me, one of the worst things a populace could ever do. To stifle scientific growth and exploration is to doom your society to extinction.
I wish more people would look up to men and women like Dr. Tyson and Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
Anyway. Just don’t let yourself stop exploring, stop wondering, stop being curious, stop questioning. Don’t be content in ignorance and, above all else, never close your mind to discovery and change. Without change, we can’t grow. So we cannot fear it.
Don’t be content with ignorance.
*jumps off high-horse* *returns to teenage existence*