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2012-11-14 12:14:39 PM
We're really, really stretching what badass means here.
 
2012-11-14 12:17:28 PM

Mangoose: We're really, really stretching what badass means here.


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2012-11-14 12:23:46 PM

dethmagnetic: Mangoose: We're really, really stretching what badass means here.

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It's not funny if you have to explain it.
 
2012-11-14 12:34:33 PM
11. Practical advice in the event of alien contact: "f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader." From Death by Black Hole, p. 107.

Question - would not the alien have exploded long before then? I mean, last I check, air and lawns are also made out of matter.
 
2012-11-14 12:35:05 PM
"f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader."

wouldn't it, by landing on the lawn, cause an antimatter reaction that would destroy it?

or are these types of explosions only initiated by 8balls?

/maybe the alien has a coke problem
 
2012-11-14 12:36:57 PM
They left off his best quote:

"For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."
 
2012-11-14 01:16:30 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: /maybe the alien has a coke problem


That's why they visit Earth. We have cheap cocaine.
 
2012-11-14 01:41:28 PM
10. On 2012 apocalypse predictions: "There's no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that Earth might end on December 21, 2012. It's a profound absence of awareness of the laws of physics and how nature works. So they're missing some science classes in their training in high school or in college that would empower [them] to understand and to judge when someone else is basically just full of it. Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you." On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, June 24, 2009.

Uh, to exactly what extent are Americans distracted by this? Jack and shiat?
 
2012-11-14 03:21:48 PM

xanadian: Dead for Tax Reasons: /maybe the alien has a coke problem

That's why they visit Earth. We have cheap cocaine.



They call it "nyborg" man...

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2012-11-14 03:35:15 PM
f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball.

Why a whole eight ball? Why not just an ounce?
 
2012-11-14 03:35:52 PM

sprawl15: an ounce


a gram*
 
2012-11-14 03:40:13 PM
"... Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope."

Anyone know what he's talking about here?
 
2012-11-14 03:41:44 PM

sprawl15: f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball.

Why a whole eight ball? Why not just an ounce?


Do you really want to piss off some capable of interstellar travel and more than likely has a raygun?
 
2012-11-14 03:43:37 PM
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."

This quote is a bit dangerous, depending on how one interprets the word "science." I think it's more prudent to say "science will eventually reveal the truth" than "science is true right now, for all points in time."
 
2012-11-14 03:45:57 PM

Snapper Carr: "... Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope."

Anyone know what he's talking about here?


Image processing algorithms which were developed to circumvent Hubble's myopia are now widely used in breast cancer detection methods.
 
2012-11-14 03:50:51 PM

Ironclad2: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."

This quote is a bit dangerous, depending on how one interprets the word "science." I think it's more prudent to say "science will eventually reveal the truth" than "science is true right now, for all points in time."


Who the hell are you quoting on that last bit there?
 
2012-11-14 03:52:26 PM
he talks perty...
 
2012-11-14 03:55:04 PM

Lsherm: 10. On 2012 apocalypse predictions: "There's no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that Earth might end on December 21, 2012. It's a profound absence of awareness of the laws of physics and how nature works. So they're missing some science classes in their training in high school or in college that would empower [them] to understand and to judge when someone else is basically just full of it. Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you." On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, June 24, 2009.

Uh, to exactly what extent are Americans distracted by this? Jack and shiat?


He's such a buzzkill. Can't he just let us hope?
 
2012-11-14 03:55:49 PM

Snapper Carr: Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope


The same tech that went into helping the Hubble spot stars was used to improve mammogram readouts.
 
2012-11-14 03:56:27 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: wouldn't it, by landing on the lawn, cause an antimatter reaction that would destroy it?


Presumably anything intelligent enough to fly across space and visit a neighboring planet would also be able to detect ahead of time anything that would cause it to catastrophically explode.

I very much doubt we will ever be visited by aliens that will inevitably die by coming here, no matter what The War Of The Worlds says.
 
2012-11-14 04:00:39 PM
He was on either Marc Maron or perhaps Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast just a week or so ago. Entertaining listen. Check it out.

He seems like a solid cat but I don't trust adults who rock three names. it just signals to the world, "hey everybody, I'm a massive jackbag."
 
2012-11-14 04:02:01 PM
Came for 8-ball jokes and answers regarding the Hubble quote.
Sending "thanks" and leaving satisfied.
 
2012-11-14 04:02:12 PM

asimplescribe: Ironclad2: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."

This quote is a bit dangerous, depending on how one interprets the word "science." I think it's more prudent to say "science will eventually reveal the truth" than "science is true right now, for all points in time."

Who the hell are you quoting on that last bit there?


Paraphrasing NdGT. He says in that quote: "science [is] true whether or not you believe in it."
 
2012-11-14 04:05:47 PM
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"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee."

-- Neil "Jules" deGrasse Tyson
 
2012-11-14 04:05:49 PM

Ironclad2: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."

This quote is a bit dangerous, depending on how one interprets the word "science." I think it's more prudent to say "science will eventually reveal the truth" than "science is true right now, for all points in time."


Science is a process, not a body of facts.
 
2012-11-14 04:10:48 PM
Still think the guy is a self-serving hack ala Sagan but those are some mighty fine quotes there, Lou.
 
2012-11-14 04:19:56 PM

UberDave: xanadian: Dead for Tax Reasons: /maybe the alien has a coke problem

That's why they visit Earth. We have cheap cocaine.


They call it "nyborg" man...

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I just watched that last night. Love me some Harold Ramis.

"Look, man, if there's one thing I know, it's how to drive while I'm stoned. It's like you know your perspective's farked so you just let your hands work the controls as if you were straight. "

//"A Jewish wedding!"
 
2012-11-14 04:20:43 PM

Ironclad2: science is true right now, for all points in time


You're the only person who said that.

If you accept that science is true, then you'll accept its corrected versions when they appear.
 
2012-11-14 04:26:06 PM

Mangoose: dethmagnetic: Mangoose: We're really, really stretching what badass means here.

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It's not funny if you have to explain it.


It's funny when it is explained to a jackass.
 
2012-11-14 04:27:39 PM
Also, what did NDT mean about #4, about the design flaw in Hubble?
 
2012-11-14 04:34:27 PM
"Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you."

That's a great quote.
 
2012-11-14 04:40:42 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Ironclad2: science is true right now, for all points in time

You're the only person who said that.

If you accept that science is true, then you'll accept its corrected versions when they appear.


That would be a dogmatic and very un-scientific way to go about forming notions of what is true and what isn't.

I agree completely with Wellon Dowd that science is a process, not a body of facts. Which is why I gave the opinion that NdGT saying "science is true" is dangerously phrased. A method can be rigorous, but it can't be true.
 
2012-11-14 04:42:31 PM

mainstreet62: Also, what did NDT mean about #4, about the design flaw in Hubble?


Full quote:

"Meanwhile, medical researchers at the Lombardi Cancer Research Center at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., recognized that the challenge faced by astrophysicists was similar to that faced by doctors in their visual search for tumors in mammograms. Using funds granted by the National Science Foundation, the medical community adopted the new techniques being used for the Hubble to assist their early detection of breast cancer. Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope."
 
2012-11-14 04:48:18 PM
9. On who named the stars:This would confound the point that he was making.

The badass part of this comment is that he said it in front of George Bush. But George just smiled and seemed as though Neil had just complimented him.

10. On 2012 apocalypse predictions:
What? I don't know about you, but I still have the fervent hope that "the world" ends on 12/21/2012. But what does "the world" mean? Well, it could mean that Greece bankrupts, followed by Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Eurozone, China, and finally the US. But I've also got my fingers crossed at the longshots: Alien invasion, zombie virus, asteroid impact, Supervolcano and World War III (in reverse order of likelihood) Then there's the real outside stuff, that are small changes that will have a minimal impact: Poles change places or solar flare cooks off some microcircuitry.
Then there's the positive end of the world scenarios: Where some revolutionary technology is created on or revealed on that date. We could get cold fusion, teleportation, quantum entanglement communications, battery storage breakthrough, genetic technologies to clone dwindling species... etc etc.
I think here he should be diverting the bad "end of the world as we know it" scenarios and showing how science is actually bringing about good "end of the world as we know it" scenarios
 
2012-11-14 04:56:06 PM
You fellows hating on Neil because he's a dangerous combination of attractive, smart, and personable. He's not only capable of scientific achievement, but also capable of communicating the theories he works with in a manner that is accessible to the lay person. In other words, he's managed to be a scientist without becoming a basement dwelling virginal geek!

/Smart is sexy.
//Nerds rule
///Neil deGrasse Tyson for President 2016!
 
2012-11-14 05:15:34 PM

Teresaol31: You fellows hating on Neil because he's a dangerous combination of attractive, smart, and personable. He's not only capable of scientific achievement, but also capable of communicating the theories he works with in a manner that is accessible to the lay person. In other words, he's managed to be a scientist without becoming a basement dwelling virginal geek!

/Smart is sexy.
//Nerds rule
///Neil deGrasse Tyson for President 2016!


So, what you're saying is that he's an attractive and successful african-american?
 
2012-11-14 05:27:10 PM
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."

Nope. Science is a method. Fact is true whether or not you believe it. But then you must ask yourself what is truth?

"The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms."

And Pat Robertson.

"[L]et us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do."

You think these things are mutually exclusive?

Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you.

Ah, but the veil of science can also be used by charlatans to fool you, too. How many people can write out Schrodinger's equation for a hydrogen atom or can do Lorentz transformations? Relatively few. So most people have to trust someone when they tell you what quantum mechanics or relativity is all about and some can fool you into believing something that is not correct because of this trust.

So maybe Tyson should also throw in some praise for skepticism whenever he starts talking about how "science" is the "truth."
 
2012-11-14 05:27:39 PM

Lsherm: 10. On 2012 apocalypse predictions: "There's no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that Earth might end on December 21, 2012. It's a profound absence of awareness of the laws of physics and how nature works. So they're missing some science classes in their training in high school or in college that would empower [them] to understand and to judge when someone else is basically just full of it. Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you." On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, June 24, 2009.

Uh, to exactly what extent are Americans distracted by this? Jack and shiat?


22% of Americans seem too stupid to live
 
2012-11-14 06:03:42 PM

Ironclad2: A method can be rigorous, but it can't be true.


So, basically, you don't understand probability.
 
zez
2012-11-14 06:22:06 PM
Nobody is worried about that asteroid coming in 2029?????
 
2012-11-14 06:26:26 PM
Oh look. Another NDT cock sucking thread.
 
2012-11-14 06:54:38 PM
"On Friday the 13th, April 2029, an asteroid large enough to fill the Rose Bowl as though it were an egg cup will fly so close to Earth that it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites."

wait. WTF, is this true? why wasnt i informed??? I MADE PLANS ALREADY

/ but srsly, is this true?


dethmagnetic: Mangoose: We're really, really stretching what badass means here.

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i swear this is steve harvey
 
2012-11-14 07:05:55 PM

Ironclad2: This quote is a bit dangerous, depending on how one interprets the word "science." I think it's more prudent to say "science will eventually reveal the truth" than "science is true right now, for all points in time."


When you lack awareness of science being a method of tending towards a reliable and valid description of reality, saying "science will eventually reveal the truth" seems to suggest one should have faith in the method. I do not know if there is an explanation of the scientific method which is simultaneously scientifically accurate and explanative to the leyperson.
 
2012-11-14 07:08:47 PM

xanadian: Dead for Tax Reasons: /maybe the alien has a coke problem

That's why they visit Earth. We have cheap cocaine.


I'm a Xenomorph... an I do C..C...cocaine?

/Does it also do Oxy and huff?
//Also will it blend, that is the question!
 
2012-11-14 07:24:52 PM

zez: Nobody is worried about that asteroid coming in 2029?????


It's not supposed to hit us, and there's still plenty of time to build the giant paintball gun.
 
2012-11-14 07:36:29 PM
Apollo in 1969. Shuttle in 1981. Nothing in 2011.
Our space program would look awesome to anyone living backwards thru time.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson
 
2012-11-14 07:47:57 PM

abhorrent1: Oh look. Another NDT cock sucking thread.


Maybe if you did anything interesting or benevolent with your life, you'd get your cock sucked too.


\Same goes for me and mine as well, sadly.
 
2012-11-14 08:21:43 PM
And this is why I follow him on twitter.

/No, I don't believe he follows me
 
2012-11-14 08:38:14 PM

Witty_Retort: Lsherm: 10. On 2012 apocalypse predictions: "There's no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that Earth might end on December 21, 2012. It's a profound absence of awareness of the laws of physics and how nature works. So they're missing some science classes in their training in high school or in college that would empower [them] to understand and to judge when someone else is basically just full of it. Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you." On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, June 24, 2009.

Uh, to exactly what extent are Americans distracted by this? Jack and shiat?

22% of Americans seem too stupid to live


At least they are smart enough to read a goddamn poll. 22% of Americans think the world will end in their lifetime. According to the "poll" cited by the Daily Fail, 10% (worldwide) are "worried about" the Mayan prediction.

So minus 2 points for linking to Daily Fail, minus 100 points for not looking up the poll, and minus 1000 points for misreading the results and insulting me with a "let me Google that for you" link while you were too stupid to understand what the poll said in the first place.
 
2012-11-14 09:08:34 PM
douchebag/hater: Still think the guy is a self-serving hack ala Sagan but those are some mighty fine quotes there, Lou.

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"I don't often put people on my ignore list, but when I do, it's people like you."

Grats! After four years of being here, you're the first!
 
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