Guest Bio: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator.
Topics Discussed: Neil’s big head; how to measure head size; Neil was a wrestler; losing weight; intermittent fasting; Neil’s Christmas tweet about Sir Isaac Newton; why we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on December 25; Kyrie Irving thinks the earth is flat; people who are afraid of the number 13; elevators and the thirteenth floor; The Twilight Zone TV show; “The Invaders” The Twilight Zone episode; some infinities are bigger than others; transcendental numbers; Astrophysics for People in a Hurry book; Neil explains infinity to Joe; what will NASA’s next big announcement be; Star Trek characters never wore space suits; what happens when there’s too much oxygen; planet 9; Pluto; Titius-Bode law; more planet 9 talk; binary star systems; Neil fact-checking Gravity movie on Twitter; Neil’s tweets about Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Arrival movie; more talk about Neil fact-checking movies; what Gravity did right; Monsters Inc. movie; portals and dimensions; how do scientists figure out how many dimensions there are; The Inexplicable Universe series; there’s nothing as big as the universe; brain cells look similar to the universe; subatomic particles; string theory; atoms;(1:00:00) particles; dark matter; observer effect; Joe talks about his future podcast studio; Neil suggests Joe get a planetarium ceiling in the new studio; talk about molecules, atoms, and the observer effect; Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle; problems with the What the Bleep Do We Know? movie; Ramtha; people need a foundation of science literacy; videos spreading false information; pop popcorn with cellphones video; knowing enough to think you’re right, but not enough to know you’re wrong; how to debate people who believe the earth is flat, that dinosaurs didn’t exist, or that we didn’t land on the moon; people who aren’t ready to be convinced; flat earth talk; talk about pictures of earth; talk about astronaut space suits; Neil’s beef with B.O.B.; psychics is important; shooting guns and the curvature of the earth; astronomy isn’t popular anymore; astrology; Kennedy family deaths and the lunar eclipse; what is dark matter and how do we measure it; dark matter isn’t matter and should be called dark gravity; giving names to constellations; cognitive bias; manipulation; we aren’t trained on how to turn fact into knowledge, knowledge into wisdom, and wisdom into insight; exercise healthy skepticism; school and education needs to be fixed; alternative/home schooling; Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate; more Gravity talk; Armageddon movie; death in space isn’t as spectacular as it is in the movies; 2001: A Space Odyssey movie; the rotation rate of the space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey; gravity on the real space station; The Space Between Us movie; how to feel zero gravity in space; time and travelling through space; space junk; NASA is tracking orbital debris; Japanese space junk removal experiment failed; we might leave so much junk in space it’s impossible to leave; kinetic energy; craters/calderas on the moon; missiles/nuclear warheads; comet Shoemaker-Levy 9; (2:00:00) the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was the size of Mount Everest; Meteor Crater; Stephen Hawking is afraid of aliens enslaving us; wanting to colonize the galaxy is self-limiting against successful colonization of the galaxy; becoming a multi-planet species; deflecting an asteroid is easier than colonizing another planet, like Mars; why aren’t we visited by aliens; artificial intelligence talk; Neil isn’t as afraid of AI as some people; Ex Machina movie.
My Thoughts: All talk about space and the universe. I did my best at taking notes.
Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #919 available for streaming via YouTube.