Neil deGrasse Tyson Delivers the Greatest Science Sermon Ever

Just when you think you’ve had enough Neil deGrasse Tyson, another not-to-miss video comes along. This one comes from the 2006 Beyond Belief Conference, and it features the astrophysicist giving what’s been called the “greatest science sermon ever.” As a youngster, Tyson stepped into the Hayden Planetarium (the institution he now runs) and he felt an unshakable calling to study the universe. It wasn’t unlike the feeling someone undergoes when they’re religiously born again. And ever since, Tyson has experienced revelation after revelation, epiphany after epiphany, when studying the universe, and especially whenever he’s reminded that, chemically speaking, we are in the universe, and the universe is in us. We’re all made of the same stardust. How can that not leave us with an incredibly spiritual feeling?

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  • Tyson is a national treasure, just like his hero, Carl Sagan, was.

  • John Piggott says:

    No-one would ever dispute that Tyson is a treasure. But you seem to be pushing him endlessly of late. It almost seems like a fixation. Go easy, folks. Sometimes less is more.

  • Joel Allyn says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I stumbled upon Neil a couple years ago and still revisit this talk and learn something new every time.
    In regards to the above comment, I have had similar thoughts but then couldn’t remember how I first found Tyson and realized that any thing that gets him more coverage is a great thing. His message is nothing but promoting honest intellectual inquiry among all. The more people who know about this man, the better.

  • Joel Allyn says:

    …and for anybody who likes this, the full talk is available, either on youtube or on the Beyond Belief site itself.

  • Ron says:

    John, I agree with you. Tyson is good, but watching him sometimes makes me wonder if he is really more interested in inspiring awe and wonder in the cosmos, or generating awe and fanfare for himself. Pretty subtle, but it is unmistakably there.

  • NJH says:

    “Called by the universe?” Dr NdGT here is getting all religious/ new agey about the cosmos. And “We all are children of the heavenly father” and “we are all from the centre of a star” begin to sound similar. Scientists need to be skeptical about these spritual feelings that he is talking about: it may inspire scientific descovery, it also is the most beguiling and seductive mush. Lets stay grounded folks – the ground is where the problems are.

  • Mark Plattner says:

    “Just when you think you’ve had enough Neil deGrasse Tyson…”

    I haven’t.

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