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These philosophically fun ideas usually satisfy nobody. Nonetheless, they remind us that ignorance is the natural state of mind for a research scientist. People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe.


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'Boldly going where hundreds have gone before' does not make headlines.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
One of the symptoms of an absence of innovation is the fact that you lose your jobs. Everyone else c...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind. Because it ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I'm on a crusade to get movie directors to get their science right because, more often than they...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The cross pollination of disciplines is fundamental to truly revolutionary advances in our culture.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
When you innovate, you create new industries that then boost your economy. And when you create new i...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
It may be that our cosmic curiosity... is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we loo...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The first trillionaire in the world will be the person who mines asteroids.
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Robots are important also. If I don my pure-scientist hat, I would say just send robots; I'll stay d...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
As an educator, I try to get people to be fundamentally curious and to question ideas that they migh...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I always try to get people a different outlook. When you do that, people take ownership of the infor...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
It's the great tragedy - people employed in ways that don't fully tap everything they do bes...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
We didn't build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
For most of human civilization, the pace of innovation has been so slow that a generation might pass...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
In nature, when you conduct science, it is the natural world that is the ultimate decider in what is...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Keep in mind that if you take a tour through a hospital and look at every machine with on and off sw...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If you slid Pluto to where Earth is right now, heat from the sun would evaporate that ice, and it wo...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Geek e-mail sign-off: No trees were killed to send this message, but a large number of electrons wer...
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We conquer the Independence Day aliens by having a Macintosh laptop computer upload a software virus...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions, you've got to send humans.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent for...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
When asked about which scientist he'd like to meet, Neil deGrasse Tyson said, "Isaac Newton. No ques...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Private enterprise in the history of civilization has never led large, expensive, dangerous projects...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason t...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I lose sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe. I don&...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Scientific inquiry shouldn't stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Philosophically, the universe has really never made things in ones. The Earth is special and everyth...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I'm baffled all the time. We don't know what's driving 96% of the universe. Everybody yo...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies. And when you're su...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The chances that your tombstone will read 'Killed by Asteroid' are about the same as they...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I was an aspiring astrophysicist, and that's how I defined myself, not by my skin color. People ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I've spent quality time in the aerospace community, with my service on two presidential commissi...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If the United States commits to the goal of reaching Mars, it will almost certainly do so in reactio...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That's a consequence of exploration. Explorati...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If God is the mystery of the universe, these mysteries, we're tackling these mysteries one by on...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month, then I must not be do...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Any time scientists disagree, it's because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Carl Sagan spoke fluently between biology and geology and astrophysics and physics. If you move flue...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
For me at age 11, I had a pair of binoculars and looked up to the moon, and the moon wasn't just...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Rational thoughts never drive people's creativity the way emotions do.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If your ego starts out, 'I am important, I am big, I am special,' you're in for some dis...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I said that if an alien came to visit, I'd be embarrassed to tell them that we fight wars to pul...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The problem is not scientifically illiterate kids; it is scientifically illiterate adults. Kids are ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The only way you can invent tomorrow is if you break out of the enclosure that the school system has...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I have a personal philosophy in life: If somebody else can do something that I'm doing, they sho...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
While I'm a big fan of science fiction, especially as rendered in expensive Hollywood blockbuste...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The methods and tools of science perennially breach barriers, granting me confidence that our epic m...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
You can't train kids in a world where adults have no concept of what science literacy is. The ad...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, ar...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Some asteroids have us in their sights. Be nice to sort of go near them and find out what they'r...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
As a citizen, as a public scientist, I can tell you that Einstein essentially overturned a so strong...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
If we find life out there, and it's not us, we will deem it not intelligent. But what may be equ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Let's say intelligence is your ability to compose poetry, symphonies, do art, math and science. ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
I study the universe. It's the second oldest profession. People have been looking up for a long ...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
All Plutophiles are based in America. If you go to other countries, they have much less of an attach...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Half of my library are old books because I like seeing how people thought about their world at their...
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON