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Science in America

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Science in America

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When renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says these are his “most important words,” the world should pay attention.

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  • Inspiring


As the Doomsday Clock ticks ever closer to midnight and humanity stands on the brink of self-destruction, an increasing number of people are rejecting the hard scientific evidence that supports climate change, the effectiveness of vaccinations, and a host of other critical issues. In this short video, celebrated astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson mourns for the days when citizens trusted the scientific method. He believes this footage, released on the eve of Earth Day 2017, contains “the most important words” he has ever spoken. Although Tyson addresses a US audience, getAbstract recommends his brief, enlightening clip – replete with beautifully illustrative imagery – universally to scientific illuminati and illiterati alike, as Tyson’s core message is crucial to the survival of humanity.


Since the early 1900s, the United States has risen from a “backwoods country” to emerge as one of the most technologically progressive countries the world has ever known. America has forged the way for life-altering technology across countless fields, including space travel, computer software and medicine. Science is largely responsible for the nation’s success and is a vital part of America’s identity.

Science offers the best information upon which to base decision making. Yet many Americans...

About the Speaker

Astrophysicist, author and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson popularizes scientific concepts and discoveries for the masses. He is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

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