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Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen.
If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions, you've got to send humans.
Space in general gave us GPS - that's not specifically NASA, but it's investments in space.
Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they've beaten our top human chess champions.
Private enterprise can never lead a space frontier. It's not possible because a space frontier is expensive, it has unknown risks and it has unquantified risks.
Although I'm not actually embarrassed by this, I tend not to read books that have awesome movies made from them, regardless of how well or badly the movie represented the actual written story.
Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.
There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.
There are more stolen bikes in my garage than there are stars in the galaxy.
When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.
... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.
We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there.
What people are really after is, what is my stance on religion or spirituality or God? And I would say, if I find a word that came closest, it would be agnostic.
All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA.
What are we promoting in society? Well-behaved automatons that spew back what they learned in a book. That's not science. You can get a parrot to do that.
I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.
Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies. And when you're surrounded by carnivores, one of the best strategies is to fade into the background and disappear.
When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.
I fear living a life where I could have accomplished something and didn't. That's what I fear. I don't fear death.
I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.
The Universe was opaque until 380.000 years after the Big Bang.
Where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination
I think the greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.
The good thing about the laws of physics is that they require no law enforcement agencies to maintain them
... and I submit to you, that science, scientific discovery, especially cosmic discovery, does not become mainstream until the artist embraces the fruits of those discoveries.
I can't tell you how many people say they were turned off from science because of a science teacher that completely sucked out all the inspiration and enthusiasm they had for the course.
A bullet fired level from a gun will hit ground at same time as a bullet dropped from the same height. Do the Physics.
Don’t know if it’s good or bad that a Google search on “Big Bang Theory” lists the sitcom before the origin of the Universe
I'm often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period.
You know that passage in the Bible that says, “And the meek shall inherit the Earth”? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, “And the geek shall inherit the Earth.
The less evidence we have for what we believe is certain, the more violently we defend beliefs against those who don't agree.
Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.
We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.
People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe.
My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.
Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical.
Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.
I'm not as famous as Stephen Hawking, but certainly in the U.S., I have a very high profile for a scientist. It is an awesome responsibility, one that I don't shoulder lightly.
In 5-billion years the Sun will expand & engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day.
The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.
Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.
I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: ‘Have you HEARD THIS?
One of my great laments is that education today seems to have... be less about passion and more about process, more about tactic or technique.
If you removed all the arteries, veins, & capillaries from a person’s body, and tied them end-to-end…the person will die.
Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow's problems flow.
The more of us that feel the universe, the better off we will be in this world.
Science literacy is an important part of what it is to be an informed citizen of society.