F*cking Neil deGrasse Tyson Blows Minds Again [Pic

Submitted by: orange_panty 5 years ago in Science

How am supposed to wrap my puny brain around this science nugget?
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Male 771
PARADE OF ELEPHANTS
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Male 571
They should call them Elephantars
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Female 734
I`m just saying
hahahahaha
I love him
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Male 5,811
[quote]I`ve honestly never, ever heard him say that he`s not an expert or that he doesn`t know everything.[/quote]
I`ve heard him say it often. For example, from the Center For Inquiry at the New York Academy of Sciences: [quote]"We should not be ashamed of not having answers to all questions yet...I`m perfectly happy staring somebody in the face saying, I don`t know yet, and we`ve got top people working on it. The moment you feel compelled to provide an answer, then you`re doing the same thing that the religious community does: providing answers to every possible question."[/quote]
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Male 403
Once you accept the fact that everything we do in our puny lives boils down to electrical impulses in our brains that could and probably are fabricated by a computer, you`ll lose all ability to be amazed at what the computer is trying to make you believe. Now can we please remove Mr. Tyson`s ass from our lips?
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Female 2,602
[quote]I just re-read what I wrote, and it sounded sniping. Sorry, I didn`t mean for it to come out that way.[/quote]

It didn`t sound snipey - you were just stating your opinion, which is perfectly OK.
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Male 5,413
Needs more elephants
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Male 7
@Byfield

What makes you think he`s not brilliant enough to actually calculate the density of a pulsar and convert that into equivalent units of the average weight of an elephant. Honestly not that difficult especially for a genius like my boy Neil. Think before you post.
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Male 628
`Holy poo. I just got high off of knowledge!`

Things high people say.
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Female 4,441
thats a lot of elephants.
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Male 1,048
Holy poo. I just got high off of knowledge!
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Male 10,338
@Mad_Gremlin:

I HATE Fox News channel.

I love NdGT.

Smoke that.
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Male 9,769
Wow. I never understand how people could have a negative reaction to anything about this guy. Although I guess I forget what a well documented liberal bias intelligence has.
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Male 464
Im sorry, my mind is decidedly not blown. Hes pulled a number out of his arse and then said `if you put a lot of stuff in one place, you get a high density`. That sheet dont fly where I am, Grassy.
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Male 1,569
To qoute another Neil (the one from the Young Ones): "Well I feel sorry for the elephants"
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Male 15,832
Wow! 50 million elephants in that tiny space? Can you even IMAGINE the smell?
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Female 1,566
"I`ve heard him say "I never took Latin" when asked if he knew a particular phrase, when a simple "no" would have sufficed"

How DARE he offer an explanation (one that might even encourage a student to take a Latin class!) instead of coldly brushing off a question with a one word answer! He should have taken the celebrity route and boomed a "NO. NEXT QUESTION."
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Male 275
Gerry wins
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Male 39,948

50-million elephants squished into that tiny space?
Someone call Peta on this guy!
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Male 512
wow It`s beginning to look a lot like FOX news around here. Auburnflunky and 5braincells must be so warm and cozy.
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Male 620
@tom
about as much as Sagan.
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Male 735
Mind=not blown
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Female 20
I agree with Edgarska. Life is all about learning new things; if you cannot learn, what is the point of living?
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Male 251
I just re-read what I wrote, and it sounded sniping. Sorry, I didn`t mean for it to come out that way. I hear him say it in most of his longer interviews. One of the more recent ones (might`ve even been posted on IAB, but I can`t remember for sure) I remember is when a kid asked him about black holes colliding. He said it`s not his specialty and that he really doesn`t know, that he did try to read a paper (most of which he did not understand), and then proceeded to try to give his best answer about what he thought he could glean from the paper so as not to leave the kid with a disappointing response. I thought that was pretty awesome of him.
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Male 1,674
how much pot do you think this guy smokes?
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Male 553
He must`ve watched "How The Universe Works" today. The small bit I caught on my lunch break was about pulsars.
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Female 2,602
[quote]Also, he knows he doesn`t know everything and he says so quite often. [/quote]

I`ve honestly never, ever heard him say that he`s not an expert or that he doesn`t know everything. I`ve heard him say "I never took Latin" when asked if he knew a particular phrase, when a simple "no" would have sufficed, and I`ve seen him completely overreact to some jerk on the internet that questioned his spelling when a true Zen master might have just shrugged off being picked up on an irrelevant point, but I`ve never heard him admit to any kind of personal flaw or limitation. That`s part of the reason for my gut reaction to him.
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Male 1,045
@MacGuffin

I usually agree with about 95% of what you say, but I can`t agree on this.

But maybe it`s because I enjoy learning stuff, regardless of its usefulness.
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Female 2,602
[quote]I get you, MacGuffin. I SHOULD hate this guy, but the only thing that saves his ass is that he can back everything up.[/quote]

Thanks. Good to know it`s not just me that has the gut instinct about him. I fully admit, it`s probably me that`s got him wrong, but it is still there as my first core instinct to dislike the guy.

I know I`m a terrible judge of character whenever I make snap judgements, though (I`ve quite liked several people who in time have proven themselves to be arseholes, and I`ve disliked others that elicited my "arsehole" response like NDT, only to find out some time later that they made a lot of sense and/or were actually likable). That`s why I try to reserve judgement until I`ve found out a bit more. I guess what I`m saying is, the jury`s out for me with NDT.
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Male 251
@MacGuffin - It`s called being an expert who is asked to talk about the things he is an expert in. Also, he knows he doesn`t know everything and he says so quite often. Get over your inferiority complex and try to enjoy learning stuff.
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Male 20,917
I get you, MacGuffin. I SHOULD hate this guy, but the only thing that saves his ass is that he can back everything up.

I`ll give you that he`s windbaggy--I sense that too, but... I don`t know... maybe you`re selling me on your side.

He can go either way. I`ve heard a few interviews and he always seems cool.

But I think he`s able to control himself.
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Male 4,891
Wow Macguffin, YOU are calling someone else a boring windbag...Pot calling the kettle black. I personally like what he does.
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Male 3,894
What a great man. He inspires passion for science in people without having to dumb it down or whore it out.
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Female 2,602
I want to like him, I really do, but there`s just something about him that I can`t abide. He`s like that one smart-arsed friend that everyone`s got, that goes out of their way to tell you stuff you 1) didn`t need to know, and 2) didn`t want to know, and who also tells you your car is rubbish and you should really redecorate your house to their individual taste. And if you ever point out something wrong to them, however minor a thing and however clearly wrong they are, they never, ever admit it. That`s how NDT comes across to me: a boring windbag that is probably right about 95% of the stuff he says, but I only care about 1% of it max, and he`ll never know he`s wrong about the remaining 5% because he *always* thinks he`s right.
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Male 4,014
I love reality
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Female 596
Link: F*cking Neil deGrasse Tyson Blows Minds Again [Pic [Rate Link] - How am supposed to wrap my puny brain around this science nugget?
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