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Can you imagine teaching trigonometry to a chimpanzee? No. Can you imagine teaching the multiplication table to a chimpanzee? They’re not gonna get it. Long division? OK. Yet that’s our closest relative. If that’s our closest relative and it can’t learn the times-table maybe the difference in our intelligence is not as big as we think. Let’s do the following experiment. Imagine a creature with the same increment in intelligence above us, that we are compared to the chimpanzee. The increment in intelligence would only be represented by a small difference in DNA but imagine that intelligence. That would be extraordinary. To them, their toddlers would be intuiting calculus while our toddlers are learning their ABCs watching Sesame Street. Calculus would be self-evident to their toddlers. By the time they’re in their teens they’d be looking at Isaac Newton and Galileo and Copernicus and Einstein as drooling fools the way we look at chimpanzees that have figured out how to put a stick in the termite mounds to pull out the termites.
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The Eight Books Every Person Should Read According to Neil deGrasse Tyson…In the Stream…By The Editors http://tinyurl.com/o9873q7
We like Neil deGrasse Tyson. He’s famous for all the right reasons and regularly injects rationale into… a public discourse that includes everything but clear-thinking. He’s a mind to celebrated and lauded, not in terms of adulation but in respect for thought and person…(more after link above)
The amazing Neil deGrasse Tyson on the feeling of social responsibility as an educated black man in astrophysics. Profound profound stuff.
The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.
If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant
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