JIVING AROUND WITH 2015 – A STONE’S THROW AWAY? COURTESY: NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON
When one meets Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the first apparent thing is his HEIGHT. I would safely say he’s 6’3″ at least (I’m 5’11¾” so that’s 4 inches of difference). Yet when one sees him chatting you don’t get that impression, he’s the opposite of Tina Turner – she’s like 5’3″ and you feel she’s 6’2″, I guess when you have a larger than life carriage you can afford to be humble and/or not take yourself seriously.
As an astrophysicist, he uses “DUH!” and effectively too; Dr Tyson referred to when Carl Sagan asked NASA to revert the wandering satellite Voyager’s cameras from Saturn to get a picture of the Earth as it appears in Space, as a “Selfie,” of our planet; when appearing with Superman in Action comics his vest with sunbursts turned out to be real and even better? He’s October 5th (I am 7th)!
Based on his own presentation that evening, he showed how there are almost 7 pages compiled by NASA of potential asteroids and meteorites which can decimate this planet if whistling too close by us. Dr Tyson added how amazed he is when in real life, if people are confronted with such a phenomena, most would opt to go the way of “Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World” rather than pull a Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.
In Professor Tyson’s view, the fact so many people when confronted witha planetary situation would willingly choose inebriation over a solution speaks to a lack of STEM literacy, he feels if more children are given the opportunity to appreciate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths then when a possible meteor decides to rear its ugly head then we’d have a different result.
Unlike local parliamentarians, this global scientist had the cojones to say there was a lack and what he would do to redress the issue, it is a pity the current Government cannot read this article and genuinely learn from the situation – it is not diminishing to admit to a flaw, it makes you better when you recognise and suggest a manner or welcome advice on how to lessen the effect of any potential crisis…