Neil DeGrasse Tyson - I love this guy

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  1. Adwex

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    If you are a lover of truth, science, and a little comedy, you will love him too.

    His voice reaches the masses in an attempt to shine light into the dark pit of ignorance that threatens human existence.

    Here he is giving a talk at a meeting of skeptics.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vfOpZD4Sm8]Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Amazing Meeting 6 - YouTube[/ame]

    He's awesome.
     
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    He hosted a series called NOVA Science Now.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVnAYDdM1iM&feature=related]NOVA scienceNOW w/ Neil deGrasse Tyson: Where did we come from? - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_3s4V9FLVA&feature=relmfu]NOVA scienceNOW w/ Neil deGrasse Tyson: How smart are animals? - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    His famous segment, Death by Black Hole.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1iJXOUMJpg&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL60C2050288F881F2]Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Death By Black Hole - YouTube[/ame]

    If you're so inclined, I recommend letting the youtube playlist continue, and watch more of his videos. He's like a modern day rockstar of science.
     
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    Cosmic Quandaries.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAD25s53wmE&feature=related]Cosmic Quandaries with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    He's funny to listen to. I like Walter Levin and Michio Kaku as well.
     
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    Both of those guys are great too, but Dr. Tyson has wayyyy more charisma.
     
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    Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a bit meh! a mere commentator.
     
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    Not necessarily a good thing.
     
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    Interesting. One of the reason I like him is because it's virtually impossible to find anything negative about him. I guess I was wrong. :(
    Yet again I learn something about human nature.
     
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    I amend my earlier comment:

    I enjoy Dr. Tyson talking about the interesting things that happen in the physical cosmos.
     
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    He seems very negative to me.
    Theres a lot of "I'm right everyone else is wrong" going on in his tirade against peoples beliefs.

    I dont know anything about him except watching that video. Is he known for making any breakthroughs in Science?
     
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    I don't like black holes...except on chicks.
     
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    I don't really sense condescension, only that which comes from the way that most of the big scientists are. He could have been much more pointed, and yet wasn't.

    Honestly, I don't think he has made any breakthroughs, per se. However, in the modern era of science, there are almost none who can anymore. The days of Newton, Galileo, and the like are over. Teams of men and women collaborate on discoveries these days. Even Peter Higgs wasn't alone in forwarding the idea for the Higgs Boson; others were involved.

    Tyson is probably most well known for being one of the first to suggest and spread the idea that Pluto was not a real planet, but instead a 'planetoid' or dwarf planet. He drew a lot of criticism over that.
     
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    Australian, I have to agree with you.

    There's something less humble and interesting about him - compared to Richard Feynman say or Carl Sagan.

    I'm not doubting his intelligence [originality at most] - how could I? - compared to him you could put my brain in an walnut shell and you'd still be able to hear it rolling around in there.

    He doesn't grab me like other guys of his profession, and he also criticized Richard Dawkins [someone I really appreciate] once in a very public way that neither had a point nor a purpose, in which Dawkins replies sarcastically, "Thanks for the rebuke" - which got a laugh, but it sort of said something.
     
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    I think that he is the heir to Carl Sagan. As much as people ridiculed him, Sagan brought astronomy to the masses in an easily understandable form in the 70's and early 80's. His series Cosmos was a masterpiece. It had some of the most beautiful music ever written.
     
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    Yeah, that's true....but, he IS right. His primary objective is to combat ignorance.
     
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    Carl Sagan was great, I read "Cosmos" cover to cover, and watched the TV series. My only beef with him is that his manner of speaking was a turn off. I think that alot of people may have missed his message because all they remember is how he spoke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=ECuarAmpK00&NR=1
     

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