Best Science Sermons By Neil deGrasse Tyson
You know that passage in the Bible that says, "And the meek shall inherit the Earth"? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, "And the geek shall inherit the Earth."
― Neil deGrasse Tyson , Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
When it comes to the world of science and space, the triumvirate formed by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, and Richard Dawkins rule the roost. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world-renowned
Over the years, his direct, concise yet eloquent speeches have captured the mind and imagination of millions of people all over the globe. He is regularly invited to give speeches, christened as 'sermons on science' at several talk show interviews, conferences, and state addresses. Here are a few of his
At the Beyond Belief Conference held in 2006, Neil deGrasse Tyson took on another heavyweight in the world of science, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. In this talk, Tyson openly disagreed with Dawkins who said it's time for people to embrace science by abandoning all kinds of religious beliefs. Tyson rebuked Dawkins for forgetting that most of the brightest scientists were God-fearing men who believed in a supernatural being - one God to rule them all, so to speak. He countered that it is entirely possible to be a man of faith while actively exploring the boundaries of science, and that both these pursuits need not be mutually exclusive. Tyson also shed light on the Intelligent Design (ID) theory and how important it is to include this concept in classrooms all over the world.
2. The Poetry of Science sermon
Two of the greatest and most evolved scientific minds of this century - Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins - have often been at loggerheads. But this doesn't mean that they cannot come together to juxtapose their respective scientific fields and explain the basic concepts of life as they see it. When they do come together, as they have done in The Poetry of Science video, the results are nothing short of epic awesomeness. Discussing the cosmos, the origin of life, and the reality of science, The Poetry of Science sermon affirms their joint belief that the true, undebatable reality of the universe was science. Believing in science is not just an option, it's a necessity.
We are all connected; to each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe, atomically. ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Videos from the Beyond Belief Conference may be years old but they are still circulated with the same scientific fervor. In a clip that has been dubbed the 'greatest science sermon ever', Tyson shed light on how he came to be an astrophysicist and how he believed that the universe led to his destination in the world of science. Whether or not you are embarking upon a career focused on science, this video is inspiring and draws beautiful connections between the choice of a career and the beauty of a spiritual calling.
4. UFOs, ET, and Aliens
Mankind has a relentless fascination about what may exist beyond the frontiers of our world. The concept of aliens and extra-terrestrial (ET) organisms is both exciting and terrifying. In a video on aliens & UFOs, Tyson shared his thoughts on what he believed was lying beyond our world and how our scientific program should be about exploration of that frontier.
5. US Senate Science Committee speech
In his book The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist , Tyson says, "Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program." Going by his remark, it is quite understandable that Tyson is a strong supporter of the NASA space shuttle program. In 2012, he gave his testimony in front of the entire US Senate Science committee. In this speech, he emphasized the importance of scientific research and study. His passionate speech speaks of his true love for science and space. The committee gathered to hear his testimony with a proposal to cut the funds being given to the NASA space shuttle program. But Tyson argued that there was an incredible need to increase the amount of funding NASA was getting.
6. Tyson Versus Seth Meyers (Late Night)
Pluto lost its status as a planet and Tyson happened to be one of those scientific minds who believed that it should not have made the cut in the first place. He is a vocal and vociferous advocate who supported Pluto's ouster from the list of planets. Seth Meyers is an American actor, host, and comedian, who hosts the talk show called Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. He is also a Pluto enthusiast. Meyers took up the topic with Tyson on his show and it should suffice to say, Tyson 1 - Meyers 0.
These are just a few of Tyson's most popular science sermons ever. His scientific brilliance is unparalleled and his passion for what he does seeps through every single word in his speeches. His speech on The Theory of Everything at the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate and his keynote speech at the 28th National Space Symposium also displayed the sheer brilliance of his scientific mind.
However, Tyson can also be a man of just a few words - 160 characters to be precise. His tweets are as famous as his speeches. He uses Twitter to settle some of the bigger questions in life. For example, "Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg? The Egg - laid by a bird that was not a Chicken."