Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Authors@Google Talk on Pluto and our Solar System

As Voyager ventures out into the furthest reaches of our solar system, reaching a new region, I highly recommend the following video of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's Authors@Google talk on Pluto and our solar system-- specifically the history behind the human family's understanding and classification of the solar system.

It's soooo cool:



Yeah, he wants more funding for NASA. No, I don't think that's a good thing. But I can still enjoy his vast knowledge and artful storytelling.

One of my favorite quotes from the video came immediately before one of my least favorite quotes, during the Q&A when someone asked a question about children and funding for science education:

"We spend the first year of their lives teaching them how to walk and talk, and the rest of their lives, telling them to shut up and sit down."

Awesome. Very libertarian, specifically Stefan Molyneux / unschooling movement libertarian.

"Plus, Obama put science right in his inauguration speech, so we wanna like, hold him to that."

*facepalm*