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  • I can't think of anymore human activity

  • than conducting science experiments.

  • That's what we do as human beings.

  • and we do that more thoroughly and better than any other species on earth that we have yet encountered.

  • We explore our environment more than we are compelled to utter poetry when we're toddlers

  • We start doing that later.

  • Before that happens every child is a scientist.

  • Think about it! What the kids do?

  • Young kids, kids they can barely walk, what are they doing?

  • They are exploring their environment through experimentation.

  • I don't care about your economic background, I don't care what town you born in, what city, what country,

  • if you are a child you are curious about your environment,

  • you are overturning rocks

  • you are plucking leaves off a trees, and petals off a flowers, and looking inside,

  • and you are doing things create disorder in the lives of the adults around you.

  • And so then, what the adults do?

  • They say, "Don't pluck the petals of the flowers. I just spent money on that.

  • Don't play with the egg. It might break. Don't …" Everything is a don't.

  • I'm often asked by parents

  • what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science?

  • And I have only one bit of advice.

  • Get out of their way! Kids are born curious. Period.

  • We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk

  • and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.

  • So... you get out of their way.

  • And you know what you do? You put things in their midst that help them explore. Help them explore.

  • Why don't you get a pair of binoculars, just leave it there one day?

  • Watch them pick it up. And watch them look around. They'll do all kind of things with it.

  • For me at age 11, I had a pair of binoculars and looked up to the moon,

  • and the moon wasn't just bigger, it was better.

  • There were mountains and valleys and craters and shadows. And it came alive.

  • I was transformed by picking up a pair of binoculars and looking up.

  • And so when i think of science I think of a truly human activity.

  • Something fundamental to our DNA.

  • Something that drives curiosity.

  • They go together. The act of being curious and the act of wanting to do the experiment.

  • When you conduct science it is the natural world that is the ultimate decider of what is true and what is not.

  • You have to create what it is that you do best

  • that layers onto the formal training that may be behind it.

  • I think the greatest of people that have ever been in society,

  • They were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.

  • It's the great tragedy - People employed in ways that don't fully tap everything they do best in life.

  • And so... I think the greatest of people in society carved niches

  • that represented the unique expression of their combinations of talents,

  • and if everyone had the luxury of expressing the unique combinations of talents in this world,

  • our society would be transformed over night.

I can't think of anymore human activity

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NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON - The Most Human Activity

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    VoiceTube posted on 2013/06/11
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