Friday, July 27, 2012

Favorite quotes from Neil deGrasse Tyson "We Stopped Dreaming" video

We Stopped Dreaming (episodes 1 and 2) are two of my favorite YouTube videos. Created by Evan Schurr, and inspired by Reid Gower's Sagan Series, the videos feature the voice of Neil deGrasse Tyson, dramatic music, and inspirational footage.

These videos really get my heart racing, out of awe and out of frustration - it's a complex emotion.

Although the videos are already compiled of different quotable Neil Tyson moments, I thought I would pull out my favorite bits for posterity:

Episode 1
"NASA got founded on the fear factor of Sputnik" 0:35

"All of this was focused on enabling people to make tomorrow come, that was a cultural mindset the space program brought upon us.... And that, in the 21st century, [is] the foundation of tomorrow's economies - and without it, we might as well just slide back to the cave because that's where we're headed right now, broke." 1:26

"I'm tired of saying this but I have to say it again: The NASA budget is 4/10 of one penny on a tax dollar. If I held up the tax dollar and I cut horizontally into it, 4/10 of one percent of its width, it doesn't even get you into the ink. So I will not accept a statement that says 'we cannot afford it'"  2:06

"The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently under-funded to do what it needs to be doing: and that's making dreams come true." 4:31

"How much would you pay for the Universe?" 4:45

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