Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

As you probably know, Carl Sagan's famous documentary series Cosmos is getting what I hope will be an impressive update/extension this year. Obviously, Sagan won't be narrating the documentary, so astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was actually a sort of protégé of Sagan's, has taken over the baton.

You already know how awesome he is. Have a listen to him discussing how science inspired him and how it can inspire all of us, some of the things the film Gravity got wrong in terms of the science, why Plato got demoted from its former planet status, some open mysteries in our scientific understanding, the importance of science education for innovation, how to think of ourselves with relationship to the cosmos and how he briefly toyed with the idea of becoming an exotic dancer. Yeah, you read that right :)

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