Episode Number: 1159
Episode Guest: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Original Airdate: August 22, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Black Rifle Coffee, Cash App
Guest Bio: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator.
Topics Discussed: His book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry has been a best seller for 67 weeks; Joe thinks Neil makes learning fun, and people don’t want to be bored while learning; the educational system needs an adjustment; kids are like born scientists; people should think “I want to learn more” and embrace the act of learning; science-focused podcasts like Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Radiolab; Neil thinks stand-up comedians are some of the smartest people and explains why; talk about his StarTalk Radio podcast and StarTalk TV show; Cosmos TV show; how wolves became dogs; original Cosmos TV show; Through the Wormhole TV show; more talk about how the educational system makes people bored with learning; the influence of teachers; Accessory to War book; the connection between physics/science and war; Neil tells a story that illustrates how Christopher Columbus was a dick; the connection between the military and scientists; he tells a story about Galileo and microscopes/telescopes; technology developed for military and security that trickles down to consumer uses; how the space shuttle lands and how it changed our roads; cordless power tools were first developed for use in space; the NASA budget is a fraction of what the federal budget is; Hedy Lamarr’s inventions; quantum entangled particles; we may not be interested in science, but science helps us in all aspects of our lives; Neil tells a story about a professor; nuclear magnetic resonance; magnetic resonance imaging; people don’t like the word “nuclear”; microwaves and food; people are afraid of things they don’t understand; Joe knows someone who won’t eat anything from a microwave; more talk about microwaves; functional magnetic resonance imaging; India’s use of brain scans in court case; Neil outlines the three types of truth: objective truth, personal truth, and political truth; Sam Harris’ podcast about truth with Jordan Peterson; he doesn’t call himself an athiest and explains why; “Godspeed” meaning; (1:00:00) he uses BC and AD in his writings and explains why; Gregorian calendar; more talk about calendars; why do people want to believe ancient Egyptians had access to the universe; lost Egyptian knowledge; is it possible ancient Egyptians did things we don’t understand today; the Eiffel Tower was the first stable structure built that was taller than the pyramids; Stonehenge; Stonehenge Decoded book; Manhattanhenge; old picture of Neil; Neil’s first photo of Manhattanhenge; why isn’t it possible to create a calendar without a leap year; New Year’s Eve talk; more talk about truth; a flawed study about cholesterol; most research in any scientific journal of the moment will be proven wrong; millenials don’t fear science and technology; only two thirds of millenials believe the earth is round; globes aren’t an accurate representation of the earth; talk about flat earth truthers; believing everything you see is just as intellectually lazy as it is to deny everything you see; Neil won’t get tattoos and explains why; Neil recently learned that two basketballs will fit in one hoop; stickball players make good baseball players; The Talent Code book; being called a “dork” or “nerd”; Neil was a tall child and athletic; he thought of himself as a defender of the geeks; CTE and football players; Neil thinks Columbus coming to America was the most signifigant thing to happen in our species and explains why; Bering Straight; Columbus brought syphilis back to Europe; viruses; space bugs; Gravity movie; Interstellar movie; why Neil won’t comment about movies and innaccuracies anymore; inaccuracies in Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie; Joe says Neil shouldn’t read comments about his movie tweets; more talk about inaccuracies in Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie and the blowback he received; inaccuracies with the sky in the Titanic movie and bringing it up to James Cameron; (2:00:00) helping Seth McFarlane with the sky in his Ted movie; The Martian book; he cares about what people think about what he wrote; tweeting to people who criticize him; Neil interviewed Katy Perry, and she has a song about hooking up with an alien; Men in Black movie; people who think aliens live among us; Arrival and The Arrival movies; who he would send to talk to aliens if they landed on earth; Captain James Cook; astronomy and navigation around the globe; James Ferguson; sextant; astrolabes; GPS is no different than old navigational tools; pulsar-based navigation; Trump’s Space Force; Neil proposed the idea of a Space Force in 2001; GPS used in smart phone apps; more Space Force talk; outer space treaty of 1967; why should we promise to not kill each other in space when we can’t even do that on earth; talk about working with a co-writer on his book; there’s nothing more worthless than a space weapon; war in space is a different thing and it’s not what you think; talk about rules on airplanes after September 11th; more talk about 9/11; people on the planes that hit the World Trade Center died instantaneously; space wars will be between things in space and not things on earth; what will be done about space debris; map of space junk flying around earth; asteroid that exploded over Russia; more talk about asteroids and what we can do about them; power grids; he has an “escape spot” with solar power; lone star tick; Lyme disease; people who live in Alaska; the size of Africa; more Alaska talk; 30 Days of Night movie; Neil doesn’t like vampire movies; Underworld movie; Alien movie; The Avengers TV show; Neil doesn’t have a case on his phone and explains why; Skeleton sunglasses; (3:00:00) how to change the path of an asteroid; there’s no aerodynamics in space; spray-painting asteroids could protect earth from space rock threats; why would anyone want a flying car; helicopters are flying cars; we don’t want flying cars, we want to travel in three dimensons, like in tunnels or bridges; flying cars vs. subways; travelling in the fourth dimension; human-sized drone; noise from planes; planes used to be louder; sky rage; if there were only automated cars on roads, we wouldn’t need flying cars; Joe doesn’t think automated cars would change traffic; Neil would buy a Tesla if he had to move to Los Angeles; charging an electric car; clean coal; Turning Oil Into Salt book; salt was once a strategic and valuable commodity; create a car that runs on multiple sources of energy to reduce the cost of oil; Astrophysics for People in a Hurry book.
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