Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

A lot of my more intelligent, scientifically literate friends know how much I love astrophysics, astronomy, and related fields, like quantum mechanics. Some time ago I made a video, late at night after I had been burned by the sun from being out all day, about a thought I had in my head. It had to do with the expansion of the universe, dark energy, and it’s ties in theoretical physics.

A couple days ago I was looking through my video manager on youtube and came across that video. I watched it and pulled it immediately from the “Public” section. I didn’t realize just how jumbled my thoughts were and how I didn’t give too much detail in facts and reasoning. I poorly communicated the information because I didn’t write it down. I just hit the “record” button and went at it! So I decided that I wanted to remake the video fully explaining, in far better detail, my theory and view of things. I even drew up a couple slides to show just what I was going to explain. I don’t know if I thought that maybe I could have been one of the first people to pitch the idea, but it’s been in my mind for a while and I had to share.

The ONE thing I didn’t do was research what I was thinking. I googled the topic, just to look up a little more info on the subject matter and came right across what I had been thinking this entire time. I had mixed feelings about it too. At first I was upset… “FUCK!!”, I couldn’t believe it was already proposed. Like someone read my mind. I took a step back, thought a bit… and…. smiled.

Now… I feel a bit proud of myself. I came to a logical conclusion with verifiable, testable information about the cosmos; totally unassisted. Now, it may only be a theory, but I put this together in my head and played with it only to find that others drew the same conclusions and thought the same thing. I’m not alone in this… I feel really good about that.

 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, science communicator, and director of the Hayden Planitarium. He’s also the host of NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS and will also be hosting a new sequal to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. He’s also one of the people responsible for the reclassification of the planet Pluto, now classified as a dwarf planet.

Neil is one of the latest people to really impact my life. There’s many great people in the feild of astrophysics, theoretical physics, and astronomy that I look up to- Carl Sagan, Lawrence Krauss, and Michio Kaku to name a few, but it’s how Neil approaches the public sphere and how he conveys his message that’s both brilliant and inspiring.

Neil Degrasse Tyson likes to channel the minds of adults. Kids are natural born scientist and we tend to lose that as we get older and stop kids from exploring that part of their mind. If a child decides to pull out the pans from the kitchen cabnet and beat on them, adults are usually quick to stopping them. Unknowingly, they stopped a kid from exploring acoustics. He also talks about science literacy. A great quote of his, “If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different, and that understanding empowers you.” is one I hold close to me. Informed people make informed desicions.

Neil brings a level of sophistication and elegance to his views and science that is very approachable to the average person. That’s something you don’t see everyday. I truly feel that the only reason science isn’t commonly talked about, is because science is usually conveyed to people in a way that many people don’t get.

I now live to spark curiosity in the minds of people, to think a little more deeply about the world they live in. I thank Neil for that. It’s beautiful when you look at what makes the universe go ’round. Neil is the first person I’ve seen doing this in public and media. His view of the world should not go unnoticed. Not only is he an intellectual, he’s an excellent communicator and someone I look up to.

Thank you Neil