Neil deGrasse Tyson’s First Meeting with Carl Sagan [Video]

In the following video, Neil deGrasse Tyson recounts the story of his first meeting with Carl Sagan.

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8 Responses to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s First Meeting with Carl Sagan [Video]

  1. Anyone else notice how stuff like this comes off as a religious "testimony?"

    Probably not, if you are super geeky sans any connection to American, organized religion. If you have any experience of "normal" religious discourse, there should be no wondering how some people label Scientism as a religion.

  2. This man has NEVER failed to impress me.
    I've viewed a few of his vids on TED and other sites, but AM going to search out more NOW.
    Thanks for the vid and putting this bug in my ear.

  3. “The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth – the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars- the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years- they collapsed and then exploded- scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy- guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars. ”
    ? Neil deGrasse Tyson

  4. Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don't know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me.
    Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion and Survival.
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies, November 7, 2006

    That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (Holy Bible, John 17:21)

    “The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.” (Bhagavad Gita, Epilogue)

  5. Had to seek out this quote from Tyson. It is from his presentation at Beyond Belief 2006. All of the Beyond Belief conferences are worth watching if you have something like 45 hours to kill watching it. Some of the key speakers are Mahzareen Banaji, Scott Atran, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, etc..

    ‎"I bask in the majesty of the cosmos. I use words, compose sentences, that sound like the sentences I hear outta people who had revelations of Jesus, who go on their pilgrimages to Mecca." – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  6. I also sourced out other quotes from the Bible, Gita, Tao and Buddha to drive the point home (I will try to make a video or something):

    There is "true" Knowledge. Learn thou it is this! To see one changeless Life in all the Lives, And in the Separate, One Inseparable. There is imperfect Knowledge: that which sees The separate existences apart, And, being separated, holds them real. There is false Knowledge: that which blindly clings To one as if 'twere all, seeking no Cause, Deprived of light, narrow, and dull, and "dark." – Lord Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter XVIII

    "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One", Moses, The Holy Bible, Deuteronomy 6:4

    "…Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." – Jesus Chris, The Holy Bible, John 14:9-12

    ‎"All things are made of one essence,
    yet things are different according to the forms
    which they assume under different impressions.
    As they form themselves so they act,
    and as they act so they are." – Gautama Siddhartha (The Buddha)

    "It is as if a potter made different vessels out of the same clay.
    Some of these pots are to contain sugar,
    others rice, others curds and milk;
    others still are vessels of impurity.
    There is no diversity in the clay used;
    the diversity of the pots is only due
    to the moulding hands of the potter
    who shapes them for the various uses
    that circumstances may require." – Gautama Siddhartha (The Buddha)

    ‎"All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing
    this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is; they all know the skill
    of the skilful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the
    want of skill is.

    So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to
    (the idea of) the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one (the
    idea of) the other; that length and shortness fashion out the one the
    figure of the other; that (the ideas of) height and lowness arise from
    the contrast of the one with the other; that the musical notes and
    tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following another." – Laotzi, Tao Te Ching

    And Theism and Atheism, Matter and Spirit, God and Universe, give rise to each other – the qualities of one arise from the contrast of the one with the other.