"The main thing was that my parents, who knew nothing about science, encouraged it. They never said, ‘All in all, wouldn’t it be better to be a lawyer or a doctor?’ I never once heard that from my parents. They…
“I think whenever people finish their formal education, they say, “I’m done learning!” And then they want to make money off of what they have learned. Many people willingly stop the growth of their own minds! Nobody else forced that; they said they were done learning and they didn’t buy any more books or make discoveries or turn over the rock or see what’s beyond the valley. But fortunately there are enough people in society who continue to do those things—and those are the folks that shake the world.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson for ROOKIE (via thempireofthesun)
“So, if we ask ourselves, ‘Are we alone in the universe?’ It would be—in spite of my diatribe about UFOs, I tell you in the same breath that it would be inexcusably egocentric to suggest that we are alone in the cosmos. The chemistry is too rich to declare that, the universe too vast. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand in all the beaches of the world. There are more stars in the universe than all the sounds and words ever uttered by all humans who have ever lived.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmic Quandaries - 26 March 2009 (via scientificspiritualism)
If you haven’t read it already, Bill Bryson’s “Brief History of Nearly Everything” describes in loving detail exactly how screwed we’d be if an asteroid hit. It’d be over so quick, I can’t get that worried.
But if people really want to get scared, they should read up on Apophis. It’s the size of the Rose Bowl. COMING 2029 (and then, perhaps far more notably to settle the score, in 2036).