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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Deeply Cosmic and Fascinatingly Disturbing Thoughts

Chris Higgins

On March 26, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson participated in a talk on "Cosmic Quandaries" in St. Petersburg, Florida. The talk was wide-ranging and lengthy (a little over an hour with NDT himself), but one clip caught my eye: a twelve-minute segment in which the good doctor presents us with some pretty Deep Thoughts on the nature of the universe, and humankind's place within it. This is classic NDT, and I won't say much to give it away -- as his "fascinatingly disturbing thought" isn't revealed until late in the video. This frankly is a fascinating micro-lecture, delivered in a way that hooked me and kept me engaged. Carve out a little bit of your lunch break and enjoy:

See also: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Pluto and "We Stopped Dreaming."