"The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they’re 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this is basically a done deal and that we’re on to other problems, because the journalists are trying to give it a 50/50 story. It’s not a 50/50 story. It’s not. Period."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, podcast interview
"So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, 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. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, ‘cause they’re small and the universe is big, but I feel big. Because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity; that’s really what you want in life…you want to feel like you’re participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive."
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, on how our atoms are traceable to the stars
- Tyson: I was like nerd kid, card-carrying. But I was bigger than other kids, so I was insulated from a lot of what might otherwise happen to nerd kids at the time.
- Colbert: You wrestled too.
- Tyson: I was captain of my high school wrestling team.
- Colbert: I’ve seen you in that wrestling outfit. You can rock a singlet. Well done.
- Tyson: Ha! [To Audience] A singlet is what you call the one piece, uh—
- Colbert: They know.
"If you don’t understand something, and the community of physicists doesn’t understand something, does that mean that God did it? Is that how you want to play this game? …A talk show you might have conducted 200 years ago might have said, ‘The planets do retrograde? Can’t understand that, must be a god.’ And we’d say, ‘You know, you’re right.’ And ten years later, we understand it. So if that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance that gets smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on. So, just be ready for that to happen."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, in response to Bill O’Reilly’s ‘God did it’ logic
"So, scientists don’t lead marching armies. Scientists don’t invade other nations. Scientists, yes, scientists invented the bomb, but somebody had to pay for the bomb…There was a political action that called for it. So everyone blames the scientists. We are collectively part of a society that is using or not using, to its benefit or to its detriment, the discoveries made by science. And at the end of the day, a discovery itself is not moral, it’s our application of it."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, in an interview with Stephen Colbert at Monclair Kimberly College [x]