likethebeer: (Andromeda Galaxy)
  1. The Bible, to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself
  2. The System of the World by Isaac Newton, to learn that the universe is a knowable place
  3. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth
  4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos
  5. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world
  6. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself
  7. The Art of War by Sun Tzu, to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art
  8. The Prince by Machiavelli, to learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it

  9. http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/29/neil-degrasse-tyson-reading-list/
I've read Gulliver's Travels & tried to read the Bible (don't read the Book of Kings), but haven't read any of the others.
likethebeer: (Andromeda Galaxy)
Cute little article about him & the upcoming continuation of Cosmos:
http://www.parade.com/250591/lynnsherr/cosmos-neil-degrasse-tyson-transforming-how-we-think-about-science/

http://www.parade.com/249139/lynnsherr/neil-degrasse-tyson-cosmos-master-of-the-universe/

Really makes me want to have a working t.v.

But here's NDT talking to Bill Moyers about the new series so we might see something:
http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-neil-degrasse-tyson-on-the-new-cosmos/

It's the first part of an interview. I hope to put up the 2nd part later, because the first part ends with him talking about the slow death of the universe & that just depresses me.
likethebeer: (2001 lolcat)
Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Bill Nye & Neil DeGrasse Tyson in some auto-tune music:
http://youtu.be/XGK84Poeynk

I've got stuff to do (cleaning my self & my place, for one). I'll put this on the back burner.
likethebeer: (2001 lolcat)
Fixed link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt0uV5d8tss
I think it's fixed, anyway.

Includes an interesting explanation on scale for satellites, the moon, and the outer planets.
likethebeer: (borg)
Okay to call last night's Full Moon "super", but only if you'd call a 13-inch pizza "super" compared with a 12-inch pizza. The perennially hyped name "Super Moon" insults the legacy of Superman, Super Volcanoes, Supernovae, and even Super Mario.

In case you didn't know Moon's orbit around Earth is oval. Distance varies by about 10%. When Moon is Full & "close", some feel compelled to call it the Super Moon.writing about the tides + a few URLS )
This **Supermoon!!** stuff has been going on a couple of years. Let's hope the media will get tired of it. People get told this, then everyone goes outside and is disappointed. It's like they're telling us this overwhelming fact that every 28 days the moon we see is round - like a pie!!!!
likethebeer: (2001 lolcat)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked "what is the most astounding fact that you can share with us about the universe?" Max Schlikenmeyer took that taped response and created a video. Pretty cool:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU

The YouTube video was mentioned on the interview in this show ("Stream"):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLJkqbfWegc

Star Talk

Jan. 11th, 2013 08:08 am
likethebeer: (2001 lolcat)
The weblog program hosted by astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, came out with its poll results for top episodes & guests for 2012. The results & link to the episodes is here.

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