Embracing Your ‘Inner Geek’ Could Change the World

When people discuss how to make science interesting and exciting, the conversation usually gravitates around children and younger audiences.

Esteemed astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson, on the other hand, wants to shift the conversation toward adults.

According to Tyson, it’s just as important for adults to embrace their “inner geek” and become fired up about science as it is for children to feel the same way.

For each person, that “inner geek” is going to be something different, but Tyson explained that the important thing is just making sure you remain curious and nurture your thirst for knowledge.

“Your inner geek is simply what empowers your curiosity about the natural world,” he told National Geographic. “When you see a problem, you ask, ‘I wonder how we can solve it?’ rather than, ‘I wonder how fast we can run away from it?’”

Tyson believes that many adults just need a small spark to ignite their inner geek while others may need a little more coaxing to really get interested in the scientific mysteries that surround us every day.

“In most adults I’ve met, there is some ember within that carries their soul of curiosity,” he added. “For some it is almost extinguished and needs to be fanned. For others it’s like a pilot light. You just have to put some extra fuel there, and it ignites.”

A huge part of adding fuel to the fire is by simply acknowledging how vital science really is.

Without a thorough understanding of the world around us, our quality of life may not improve and innovation may come to a screeching halt.

“I don’t know if science can save us,” Tyson told National Geographic. “What I do know is that the absence of science will kill us. If you look at the improvement in quality of life around the world, it is entirely brought about by advances in science and technology.”

He went on to explain that those years of innovation and improving the quality of everyday life are exactly why we aren’t worried about the same things that civilizations from hundreds of years ago were worried about.

“If you polled people in 1900 and asked them what they feared most for civilization, they’d say they worry about hunger and overpopulation,” he said before explaining that there were not efficient farming methods at the time.

Fast forward years later and people have figured out how to farm in an efficient manner – in a manner that makes starvation less of a worry than it was in the past.

“Starvation was a big issue because they knew what the production levels of farms were and saw the rate of population growth,” Tyson continued. “What they didn’t know was that we’d figure out how to farm better. They were not considering innovation.”


Neil deGrasse Tyson Helps Bring Science and Art Together in Stunning Fashion Film

Neil deGrasse Tyson may not be the first person to pop into your mind when it comes to fashion, but the famed astrophysicist has turned out to have quite the artistic side.

Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna Couture set out to create a one-of-a-kind fashion film to play in the background for its Fall/Winter 2015 fashion show.

In order to pull off the complex project, they called on the help of the Cosmos host himself.

The short film is only 11 minutes long and goes back and forth between intriguing shots of outer space and the bustling images of major cities like New York, Shanghai and Milan.

So how did Tyson help bring the fashion film together?

Tyson teamed up with Ermenegildo Zegna Couture creative director Stefano Pilati and Florida International University astronomy professor Fiorella Terenzi to help plan “the film’s precise, earthbound astral journey,” according to Wallpaper.

In other words, the film remains scientifically accurate as it takes you on your journey through space.

The short video serves as a stunning reminder that art and science can mesh together, and they often come together quite beautifully.

Just look at Tyson’s wardrobe.

Back in May he told the New York Post that he has roughly 100 custom-made ties and vests that were all inspired by celestial images.

Meanwhile, the video will be on display for much longer than just one fashion show. The galactic journey can also be witnessed over and over again at Harrods, a famous department store in London.

The store will have the video displayed as a special window project up until Oct. 19.


‘Cosmos’ Host Neil deGrasse Tyson to Bring Educational Entertainment to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will be coming to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in March.

The evening is promised to be family-friendly, entertaining and also educational.

As viewers of Cosmos witnessed, Tyson has an undeniable talent to discussions science and the mysteries of the universe in a way that truly leaves audience members mesmerized.

Now, he’ll be bringing that talent to the Fox Theatre for a multi-media presentation about modern science.

With the famous astrophysicist clearly having a vast amount of knowledge, there is no telling what aspects of modern science the presentation will actually focus on the most.

In addition to hosting his own presentation, he is also expected to open up the floor to take questions from the audience with a particular focus on the children.

While many people were first introduced to Tyson through his captivating science special, it certainly isn’t the most impressive item on the New York native’s resume.

He is the host of StarTalk Radio and was deemed The New York Times best-selling author 10 times with 10 different books.

In 2001 and 2004, former President George W. Bush appointed Tyson to serve on commissions studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and the implementation of the U.S. space exploration policy.

Tyson also holds far more doctorates than the average person.

Throughout his career he has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates.

He has also been awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the highest NASA can give to any nongovernmental citizen.


‘Cosmos’ Star Neil deGrasse Tyson Strips Sugarcoating Off Heavy Science Topics

Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson recently captivated an audience of more than 4,000 people as he took on heavy topics in a way that only he can.

The esteemed astrophysicist spoke at the Nicoson Hall at the University of Indianapolis on Wednesday evening and used the time to not only educate the crowd, but to prove that science could indeed be more interesting than people might expect.

At one point, Tyson explained to the crowd why he doesn’t get excited about eclipses.

While the general public seems to make a big deal out of lunar and solar eclipses, Tyson explained that they are far more common than people think.

“Eclipses are not rare,” he told the crowd. “If you ever see a news article that says eclipses are rare, NO! Eclipses are more frequent than the Olympics.”

Eventually, the talk of eclipses led to a playful moment between Tyson and an audience member who excitedly exclaimed that there was a solar eclipse Thursday.

“Thank you for reminding the speaker, who is an astrophysicist,” he joked. “I assure you when stuff goes on with the sun, I’m all up in it.”

Tyson also revealed that he isn’t in support of trying to create a new civilization on Mars.

While some pioneers are hoping to get people on Mars by 2023, Tyson said he wouldn’t recommend the journey for anyone and he certainly won’t make it himself.

“I’m not signing up,” he said. “I will wait until there’s a budget to bring me back.”

That’s not to say he is a huge fan of earth, either.

Tyson joked that earth is certainly no “loving mother planet.”

“Earth basically wants to kill you,” he told the stunned crowd before explaining that 97 to 98 percent of all species that ever existed on earth are now extinct.

When compared to the universe, however, earth doesn’t look too bad.

“Not that we can find much solace in the universe,” Tyson continued. “The universe also wants to kill us, what with gamma ray bursts, supernova explosions, black holes and more.”

Despite how dangerous the universe may be, it isn’t clear if Tyson would rather take that journey through the scary universe if it meant he didn’t have to talk to politicians anymore.

While Tyson loves talking to the public about science, he made it clear that it’s a different story when he has to talk to Congress.

“The reason I don’t want to tell Congress about science is that 88 percent of Congress is up for election every two years,” he said. “I could go there and get them all hyped up about science, and I have to do that every two years. My task as an educator is not to change the mind of Congress. My task as an educator is to educate the public so they can elect the right people in the first place.”