110+ Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Education, Science And Learning

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  1. If you're really successful at bullshitting, it means you're not hanging around enough people smarter than you.
  2. The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.
  3. Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.
  4. Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.
  5. Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.
  6. We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.
  7. 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.
  8. Today, scientists sound the alarm on other environmental dangers. Vested interests still hire their own scientists to confuse the issue. But in the end, nature, will not be fooled.
  9. Need a distraction today? Not only does 12 + 1 = 11 + 2, but the letters "twelve plus one" rearrange to give you "eleven plus two."
  10. The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.

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Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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  • The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle.
  • The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.
  • Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.
  • Physics is the only profession in which prophecy is not only accurate but routine.
  • Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow's problems flow.
  • As areas of knowledge grow, so too do the perimeters of ignorance.
  • I have thoughts every day that are themselves tweets.
  • I'm fascinated by the deaths of stars and the havoc they wreak on their environments.
  • You don't take a dead cat to the vet. I mean you might, but why?
  • Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.
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The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Education

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So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.' — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Research in education has shown that we remember field trips long into adulthood. I remember visiting the post office in second grade and looking at the sorting machine. I have vivid memories of that, when I don't even remember the name of the teacher who took me. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Any time we are answer-driven rather than idea driven, we have lost the true meaning of education. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I'm an educator, and I'm a scientist, and I speak what is objectively true. And if that offends you, I can try to have a conversation with you to ask why it offends you, and tell you why objective truth should not offend you because that's how the world works. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I don't even think much about politicians. I think about the people in the audience who applaud the politicians. They are your fellow countrymen and they're the ones you live with - that should be who we target for education and enlightenment. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Curiosity is missing. Curiosity in particular is something that the system, not only the educational system but, the parental... what you do as a parent at home. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The educated elite is not without their own actual snobbery. And I kind of an anti-elitist in that regard. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Life

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One thing in life is for certain, the more profoundly baffled you have been in your life, the more open your mind becomes to new ideas. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I love the smell of the universe in the morning. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I wonder if, in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The depth of experience fine wine can bring to a dinner, particularly a bottle that has been through the past 100 years, makes you take stock of your own life. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

For decades, we've been trying to cook up the building blocks of life, in the lab, and recreate the origins of it all, but the parts didn't seem to fit together, until now. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Some claim evolution is just a theory. As if it were merely an opinion. The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened. Accepting our kinship with all life on Earth is not only solid science. In my view, it’s also a soaring spiritual experience. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

My only hope is that every other alien civilization isn't doing exactly what we are doing because then everybody would be listening, nobody would be receiving, and we would collectively conclude that there is no other intelligent life in the universe. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Science

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The problem in society is not kids not knowing science. The problem is adults not knowing science. They outnumber kids 5 to 1, they wield power, they write legislation. When you have scientifically illiterate adults, you have undermined the very fabric of what makes a nation wealthy and strong. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

To learn more about science, turn off your electronic device and go outside and look around a bit. Nature is calling you. Go on. The internet will still be here. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I don't have an issue with what you do in the church, but I'm going to be up in your face if you're going to knock on my science classroom and tell me they've got to teach what you're teaching in your Sunday school. Because that's when we're going to fight. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

He invited people to sign a petition that demanded either strict control of, or a total ban on, dihydrogen monoxide.... Yes, 86 percent of the passersby voted to ban water (H2O) from the environment. Maybe that's what really happened to all the water on Mars. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

To achieve this density of a neutron star at home, just cram a herd of 50 million elephants into the volume of a thimble. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Society needs to see science not as a luxury of funding but as a fundamental activity that drives enlightenment, economics, and security. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

No matter what eyewitness testimony is in the court of law, it is the lowest form of evidence in the court of science. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

On Venus you could cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds, just by holding it out to the air. (Yes, I did the math.) — Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's no shortage of people that we can put on, because science touches us all. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Learning

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I love being wrong because that means in that instant, I learned something new that day. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When Students cheat on exams it's because our School System values grades more than Students value learning. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight, humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Deep down within anyone there's a flame that maybe had gone dormant that can be fanned or ignited in case it had blown out. This is the flame of curiosity, the flame of wonder, of awe, of all the things that make you want to learn something more tomorrow than you knew today. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind through the universe? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters of an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos. Have a nice day. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I can tell you about the universe, but she feels it; and when you feel the universe, it has a whole other meaning to you. Otherwise, you just put a Wiki page on camera. You can learn something, but it won't mean anything to you later on. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science surrounds you. It's not something that you can step aside, step over or push out of your way because you were never good at science in school. Science is around you. Once you know and embrace that fact, it might stimulate curiosity within you to learn more about the natural world. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Love

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In terms of the most astonishing fact about which we know nothing, there is dark matter and dark energy. We don't know what either of them is. Everything we know and love about the universe and all the laws of physics as they apply, apply to four percent of the universe. That's stunning. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Curiously, light-loving green plants reject the Sun's green light, reflecting it back at you, which is why they look green. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I think if everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionaries and brilliant. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When I reach to the edge of the universe, I do so knowing that along some paths of cosmic discovery, there are times when, at least for now, one must be content to love the questions themselves. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you love what you do, you'll be your best at it compared to anything else you might have chosen as a career. Or at least you will love it more, and you won't lead a depressed day of your life. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I love the future we might invent for ourselves that I have not yet dreamt of. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Math

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Math is the language of the universe. So the more equations you know, the more you can converse with the cosmos. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Let's say intelligence is your ability to compose poetry, symphonies, do art, math and science. Chimps can't do any of that, yet we share 99 percent DNA. Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one-percent difference. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

You could do math early, but there are no brilliant 16-year-old novelists. They don't know the human condition yet. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Time

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Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes.... The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments and you will emerge into another space-time created by the singularity of the black hole you just fell into? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Photography is a form of time travel. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

It turns out that the history of astrophysics is where we perfected time keeping. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents had radios that was furniture in the living room. Nobody at the time was saying, 'Gee, I want to carry that in my pocket.' Which is a non-thought. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Photons are accurately and legitimately described as waves and particles at the same time. They are genuine wavicles. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Next time you're stunned by a large moon on the horizon, bend over and view it between your legs. The effect goes away entirely. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

You gotta be a good sport! So when I would lose, I would say, "That guy was better than I was; what do I have to do to be better next time?" — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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.' — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Truth

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If factual information upsets you, then you are creating a world that is not embracing objective truths, and that's not how you advance a democracy. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it's not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

You don't need to be a scientist to know Earth's age or that life evolved. You just need be one who embraces objective truths — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I'd like to live in a world where people embrace objective truths rather than be offended by them. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is not there for you to cherry pick ... You can decide whether or not to believe in it but that doesn’t change the reality of an emergent scientific truth. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Emotional truths woven by lawyers in the court of law are apparently more important than the truths of actual events. I have grown to fear for those whose innocence became trapped within the legal system. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's a saying in the scientific community, that every great truth goes through three phases. First, people deny it. Second, they say that it conflicts with the Bible. Third, they say that they've known it all along. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

No one wants to die, and no one wants to die poor. These are the two fundamental truths that transcend culture, they transcend politics, they transcend economic cycles. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Exploration

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My goal is not to shove information into your head. It's to find ways to reignite the curiosity that we all had as children for the natural world. You don't have to tell a child to explore the backyard. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

I am proud to be part of a species where a subset of its members willingly put their lives at risk to push the boundaries of our existence. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

People are really excited about robotic exploration. I understand the feeling there because, in fact, robots can do things humans can't. They can survive harsh conditions, they can explore places we would never go, plus you never actually have to bring them back. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The history of exploration has never been driven by exploration. But Columbus himself was a discoverer. So was Magellan. But the people who wrote checks were not. They had other motivations. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

We only went to the moon for military reasons. The space enthusiasts of the day kept saying, "Oh, we're on the moon; we should be on Mars in ten years." That's if it was driven by exploration, but it's never been driven by exploration. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I agree that we should go back to the moon and on to Mars. We should treat all objects in the solar system, including comets and asteroids, as exploration targets. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ever since there have been people, there have been explorers, looking in places where other hadn't been before. Not everyone does it, but we are part of a species where some members of the species do, to the benefit of us all. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The history of exploration has never been driven by exploration. But Columbus himself was a discoverer. So was Magellan. But the people who wrote checks were not. They had other motivations. And there's Columbus - he couldn't even get Italy to pay for his voyage so he has to go to Spain. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That's a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing. That's what scientists do every day. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Discovery

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I simply go with what works. And what works is the healthy skepticism embodied in the scientific method. Believe me, if the Bible had ever been shown to be a rich source of scientific answers and enlightenment, we would be mining it daily for cosmic discovery. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When your reasons for believing something are justified ad hoc, you are left susceptible to further discoveries undermining the rationale for that belief. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. You cannot build a program of discovery on the assumption that nobody is smart enough to figure out the answer to a problem. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The idea that God resides in the unknown is what philosophers call the God of the gaps. And we have this thing called science, which marches on and makes discoveries in those gaps, ultimately closing gaps. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I would rather enlighten the electorate so that when it's time for them to put somebody in Congress, it will be self-evident that they will embrace the message and tools and discovery of science in a way that can transform our culture and even our civilization. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is a philosophy of discovery; intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance... Something fundamamental is going on in people's minds when they confront things they don't understnd. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Only when creative people take ownership of cosmic discovery will society accept science as the cultural activity that it is. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's no denying the public's appetite for cosmic discovery. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don't expect. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On People

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Perhaps these ancient observatories like Stonehenge perennially impress modern people because modern people have no idea how the Sun, Moon, or stars move. We are too busy watching evening television to care what's going on in the sky. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big, but I feel big. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

If the people of Comic-Con ruled the world...then tomorrow would be invented every day. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

People think about life from day-to-day rather than thinking about life as something that invents a new kind of tomorrow. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When NASA dreams big America dreams big. People...kids say, 'I want to do that when I grow up'. Because you want to do what's visible to you. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The number of people in the world engaged in this search for catastrophic impactors totals one or two dozen. How long into the future are you willing to protect Homo sapiens on Earth? Before you answer that question, take a detour to Arizona's Meteor Crater during your next vacation. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Universe

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The molecules that comprise our body are traceable to the crucibles of the centers of stars.These atoms and molecules are in us because, in fact, the universe is in us. And, we are not only figuratively, but literally, stardust. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are star dust in the highest exalted way, called by the universe, reaching out to the universe — Neil deGrasse Tyson

A supernova is one of the most powerful explosions in the universe. It's so luminous, it can be seen across billions of light years. It releases as much energy in an instant as our sun will produce over its 10-billion-year lifetime. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

You know, there's black holes and what - could there be wormholes? Could - might there be a multi-verse? These are all fascinating frontiers. What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy? And what was around before the universe? And do we have access to higher dimensions? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I don't see why there is no intelligent alien life in the universe. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

By the way, how much does NASA cost? It's half a penny on a dollar. Did you know that? ... The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently underfunded to do what it needs to be doing, and that's making dreams come true ... How much would you pay for the universe? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

We hunger for significance, for signs that our personal existence is of special meaning to the universe. To that end, we’re all too eager to deceive ourselves and others, to discern a sacred image in a grilled cheese sandwich or find a divine warning in a comet — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe is almost 14 billion years old, and, wow! Life had no problem starting here on Earth! I think it would be inexcusably egocentric of us to suggest that we're alone in the universe. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On Space

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Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

This fear factor, this war driver is a very strong one and it's been with the species ever since the beginning and it motivated the Great Wall of China. War can be aggressive or defensive, right? So it motivated the Great Wall of China. Our space program was reactive to Russia. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The people talking on their cell phone and following GPS instructions to where grandma's house is saying I don't need space - excuse me, that's how you know where grandma lives, and when to make the left turn. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Space in general gave us GPS - that's not specifically NASA, but it's investments in space. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Right now people think God is dark energy and dark matter, the spirit. Go ahead and think that, but the day we can tell you exactly what it is - that it's gremlins in the vacuum of space or whatever - then what's your recourse at that point? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

With no gravitational force to work against, your body not only doesn't need the same amount of muscle and bone, it starts breaking them down. As on Earth, so in space: use it or lose it. And exercise may not solve the problem. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Where did the concept of "without borders" come from? No one had that concept until you saw Earth from space, illustrated not by a mapmaker who's color-coding political boundaries; it's illustrated by nature itself and there's land, there's ocean, there's atmosphere. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Private enterprise can never lead a space frontier. It's not possible because a space frontier is expensive, it has unknown risks and it has unquantified risks. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes On World

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For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642 — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Knowledge of the natural world and how it works should be counted as fundamental to informed governance. You can't have a functioning democracy, if the electorate is under-informed or, worse, mis-informed. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Big Bang Theory: When geeky scientists can be main characters in a hit prime time series, you know there's hope for the world. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Those who see the cosmic perspective as a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I'm small but I'm also big. I'm big because I'm connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Santa knows Physics: Of all colors, Red Light penetrates fog best. That's why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food. There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There’s no wild cows. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of bullshit. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Darwin's theory of evolution is a framework by which we understand the diversity of life on Earth. But there is no equation sitting there in Darwin's 'Origin of Species' that you apply and say, 'What is this species going to look like in 100 years or 1,000 years?' Biology isn't there yet with that kind of predictive precision. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

You don't want to raise a kid in a culture where the kid who asks the most questions is annoying. You want a culture where the kid who asks the most questions gets awards and gets another piece of cake. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

On Friday the 13th, April 2029, an asteroid large enough to fill the Rose Bowl as though it were an egg cup will fly so close to Earth that it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites. We did not name this asteroid Bambi. Instead, we named it Apophis, after the Egyptian god of darkness and death. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don't ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

If the Sun exploded, we wouldn't know about it for 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Light and gravity take that long to reach us. Then we would vaporize. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Extreme skepticism and extreme gullibility are two equal ways of not having to think at all. And I don't think I'm the first to say that. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg, laid by a bird that was not a chicken. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It's the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wow, monitor lizards are pretty gnarly creatures. I want to go with the monitor lizard. That's just weird enough to be true. No? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

We still don't know for sure what the trigger was, but since we've discovered meteorites with supernova dust, we do know that a violent explosion rocked our cosmic neighborhood at the time of our birth, and it's quite possible that without it, our stable, stately solar system would never exist at all. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

In five billion years, the sun will expand and engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day — Neil deGrasse Tyson

If an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The chances that your tombstone will read 'Killed by Asteroid' are about the same as they'd be for 'Killed in Airplane Crash.' — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I think everyone should have a personal mission to leave the Earth a better place for them having lived in it and let Earth then take it from there. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Would a NASA reality show "Lunar Shore" be more popular than "Jersey Shore?" Civilization's future depends on that answer. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is no true understanding of Biology without Chemistry. And there's no true understanding of Chemistry without Physics. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

But to carve the Grand Canyon, Earth required millions of years. To excavate Meteor Crater, the universe, using a sixty-thousand-ton asteroid traveling upward of twenty miles per second, required a fraction of a second. No offense to Grand Canyon lovers, but for my money, Meteor Crater is the most amazing natural landmark in the world. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

As a child, I was aware that, at night, infrared vision would reveal monsters hiding in the bedroom closet only if they were warm-blooded. But everybody knows that your average bedroom monster is reptilian and cold-blooded. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scientists are human. We have our blind spots and prejudices. Science is a mechanism designed to ferret them out. Problem is we aren't always faithful to the core values of science. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When a coincidence seems amazing, that's because the human mind isn’t wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

UV is bad for molecules because its high energy breaks the bonds between a molecule's constituent atoms. That's why UV is bad for you, too: it's always best to avoid things that decompose the molecules of your flesh. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

When I shop for fruit & melons I like to hold a grape next to a cantaloupe & think of Earth next to Jupiter. Then I eat Earth. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

George Bush, within a week of this [the 9/11 attacks], in a speech, attempting to distinguish US from the Muslim fundamentalists, said Our God is the God who named the stars. The problem is: two-thirds of all stars that have names, have Arabic names. I don't think he knew this. That would confound the point that he was making. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

After your first job, is anyone asking you what your GPA was? No, they don't care. They ask you: Are you a good leader? Do people follow you? Do you have integrity? Are you innovative? Do you solve problems? Somebody's got to do that homework and redesign the educational system so that it can actually train people to be successful in life. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime — Neil deGrasse Tyson

But to measure cause and effect... you must ensure that a simple correlation, however tempting it may be, is not mistaken for a cause. In the 1990s the stork population of Germany increased and the German at-home birth rate rose as well. Shall we credit storks for airlifting the babies? — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I'm a fan of the planets in any combination. When I was born, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, the Sun, and the Moon were all in the sky. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive — Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That's kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It's not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I am convinced that the act of thinking logically cannot possibly be natural to the human mind. If it were, then mathematics would be everybody's easiest course at school and our species would not have taken several millennia to figure out the scientific method. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

When I needed to overcome the low expectations of others or the bias that would be expressed in one circumstance or another, I'd keep on keeping on. And I climb over the obstacle, go around it, dig under it, fly over it. That's what kept me going. Otherwise I would have never been an astrophysicist. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Life Lessons by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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  1. Neil deGrasse Tyson's work demonstrates the importance of curiosity and passion in the pursuit of knowledge.
  2. He encourages us to think critically and to question the world around us in order to better understand it.
  3. His work also shows us the power of using science to explore and explain the universe.

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