Neil deGrasse Tyson: Space Exploration is Good for Our Culture (and More Good Links From Around the Web)

Presenting the keynote speech at the 28th National Space Symposium, the new public face of astrophysics, Neil deGrasse Tyson, continued making his case for funding NASA and funding it well. Here he tried out a new argument. NASA is not just good for scientific progress. It’s good for our creativity, imagination and collective culture. His argument begins at the 14:45 mark, which is where we start the video….

Now discover more Culture from Around the Web (which all originally appeared on our Twitter Stream): 

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

Harvard Biologist E.O. Wilson Explains the Evolution of Culture

Extended Trailer for David Cronenberg’s Adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis Now on the Web

Listen Online: Norah Jones’ New Album ‘Little Broken Hearts’

Allen Ginsberg Reads “What would you do if you lost it?,” 1973

Raymond Chandler on the Split Infinitive

To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery

Alan Turing’s WWII papers on Code Breaking Released by British Government

Wish You Could be Jane Eyre? Company Will Reprint Classic Novels Starring You & Your Friends

Parents Were Pushy Too in Ancient Rome, According to Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, Cambridge U

Jennifer Egan and Neil Gaiman Visit Google and Talk Literature.

Kurt Vonnegut Reads the Beginning of “Breakfast of Champions”

The Craft of Verse: The Norton Lectures, 1967-68 by Jorge Luis Borges. Audio

Spike Lee’s Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers

A Trove of Rare James Joyce’s Unpublished Manuscripts (inc Ulysses & Finnegans Wake) as PDFs

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