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Posted: 02 March 2012 11:57 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Video on Science Friday HERE. Neil’s still the best!

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Posted: 02 March 2012 12:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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“Then there’s this whole thing about role models. Let’s go back in time. I’m 10 years old, 11 years old, a black kid from the Bronx. Now I need to find another black kid from the Bronx who became an astrophysicist, so that I can become an astrophysicist? Excuse me? No. No! No one would ever become anything that no one before them had become if that’s how you select your role models.”

Just awesome. I love this guy.

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Posted: 02 March 2012 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I was blessed to see Him speak here at UB.  wink

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Posted: 02 March 2012 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Got to have dinner with him and a large group in NY a few years back. He’s a great raconteur, there’s no doubt!

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Posted: 02 March 2012 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Asanta and McKenzie got to enjoy an evening talk by Tyson a couple of years ago while I sat outside and listened to a local transmission of the last half of it because of the stupid Jetblue airline that had a three hour delay on the flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco. vampire  LOL

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Posted: 02 March 2012 06:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Yes, a great storyteller, which is what we need more of. Just watched the begining of Cosmos again last night. Mighty dated, but still the greatest!

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Posted: 02 March 2012 06:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Sagan’s introduction to “Cosmos” is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Tyson is okay. Apart from the two of them talking about the universe, though, I don’t really think they have much in common. I have to be in the right mood for Tyson, but Sagan I can take in unlimited doses.

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Posted: 02 March 2012 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Great video.  I got a laugh out of the Tyson doll.  Too bad he’s married.  :(  I think he’s not only cute, but a brilliantly intelligent man.  His intelligence is sooooo sexy!  LOL  That and how he talks about the universe.  smile

Gee, I have nothing to contribute to this thread, except my drooling over him.  LOL

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Posted: 02 March 2012 10:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Yes, George, they do have quite different styles. FWIW, I think Sagan is too poetic for today’s audience. Even an old hippy like me found the introduction a bit over the top, though when I first saw it blew me away, and it still resonates. I especially like his ability to unselfconsciously talk about science and reality in the way that achieves the emotional quality more often found in the poetry of religion and mysticism. But I’m not sure anyone could get way with that today.

Tyson seems to have eloquence and charisma, like Sagan, but a style that is, of course, more of the current era. My tastes run to the old hippy philosopher/astronomer, but I’m already old enough that my tastes are “quaint” at best to my daughter’s generation. Anyway, Peaxce, Love, and Science, Man! wink

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Posted: 02 March 2012 11:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’m not familar with Carl Sagan; Cosmos was long before my time, and I’ve never felt the urge to read his books.  Neil Tyson seems a likable guy, I bet he’s great at the “Hayden”.  If I ever get back to NYC, I’m going to check it out.

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Posted: 02 March 2012 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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mckenzievmd - 02 March 2012 10:06 PM

Yes, George, they do have quite different styles. FWIW, I think Sagan is too poetic for today’s audience. Even an old hippy like me found the introduction a bit over the top, though when I first saw it blew me away, and it still resonates. I especially like his ability to unselfconsciously talk about science and reality in the way that achieves the emotional quality more often found in the poetry of religion and mysticism. But I’m not sure anyone could get way with that today.

Tyson seems to have eloquence and charisma, like Sagan, but a style that is, of course, more of the current era. My tastes run to the old hippy philosopher/astronomer, but I’m already old enough that my tastes are “quaint” at best to my daughter’s generation. Anyway, Peaxce, Love, and Science, Man! wink

Pot has a poetic effect on some. tongue wink

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Posted: 03 March 2012 03:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Posted: 03 March 2012 03:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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mid atlantic - 02 March 2012 11:34 PM

I’m not familar with Carl Sagan; Cosmos was long before my time, and I’ve never felt the urge to read his books.  Neil Tyson seems a likable guy, I bet he’s great at the “Hayden”.  If I ever get back to NYC, I’m going to check it out.

Sagan is for all ages. of course the knowledge and graphics were not as refined as today, but I cannot imagine anyone listening to his unique kind of presentation, not taking a peek upward and wonder.  I loved all his ‘cosmos” videos as well as his books. “The bi-cameral mind” was very enlightening.
Degrasse Tyson is a little more modern but at par in entertainment and making things understandable for the layman.

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Posted: 03 March 2012 05:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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The one thing I can’t stand in today’s science documentaries are the sound effects. The swooshing sounds drive me absolutely crazy. I guess I am now officially an old man.

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Posted: 03 March 2012 06:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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mid atlantic - 02 March 2012 11:34 PM

I’m not familar with Carl Sagan; Cosmos was long before my time, and I’ve never felt the urge to read his books.  Neil Tyson seems a likable guy, I bet he’s great at the “Hayden”.  If I ever get back to NYC, I’m going to check it out.

Hooo boy. You HAVE to get a copy of Cosmos and watch it. Apparently the shows are available for free download somewhere (YouTube?), though it’s better to see them on a TV where you can sit back and get into them.

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Posted: 03 March 2012 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Yes, YouTube now has a high-definition Cosmos available. If you have Apple TV, you are all set.  wink

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