Great juxtaposition on the “Neil deGrasse Tyson” tag.
- Bill Maher: And I have faith--
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: You have faith? I... I thought I knew you...
- Maher: No, you're misrepresenting the word "faith." I mean, you three have all been on the show before, so I have faith that it'll be a good show.
- Tyson: You have EVIDENCE that it'll be a good show.
Better Real Time guest apparel… James Carville’s loud and proud polo, or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Saturn V rocket tie?
James Carville, another advocate for Neil deGrasse Tyson 2012!
"I’m pretty sure this whole Asian basketball invasion might just be revenge for Neil deGrasse Tyson… What was he thinking? Science?! That’s Asians’ turf! But it’s alright. I’ve conferred with the black community and we’re officially asking Mr. Tyson to STOP IT! Don’t worry, Jon, he’ll be fine. We’ll put him in a sitcom, make him a funny dad on BET. He’ll make 40 times the money, I’m tellin’ you."
- The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore suggesting Neil deGrasse Tyson star in a sitcom called “Tyler Perry’s: DeGrasse is Greener” instead of doing science as an olive branch offering to the Asian community and Jeremy Lin.
We know Venus, their atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide, 98% carbon dioxide - the kind of gas that traps heat. It, in fact, is doing a lot of heat trapping on Venus, so much that the temperature there has risen to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s hotter than a pizza oven. In fact I did the calculation. Next time you’re on Venus, you can take a 16-inch pepperoni pizza, put it on the window sill, it will cook in 9 seconds.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Why Lawyers Shouldn't Be in Congress
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: You know what my concern is about Congress? I checked these numbers: 57% of the Senate, 38% of the House cite "law" as their profession. And, when you look at law, law is … well what happens in the courtroom? It doesn't go to what's right, it goes to who argues best. And there's this urge, the entire profession is founded on who the best arguers are.
- Maher: Right, a courtroom is not about the truth, it's about … the theory, if I get what you're saying, is that each side argue their version and then the truth somehow emerges.
- Tyson: That's the *premise*; however, the practice, which, for example, is bred in debating teams, for example, where you know the subject, but you don't know which side you're going to be put on to argue. And so the act of arguing, and not agreeing, seems to be fundamental to that profession, and Congress is half that profession. And I realized this when I was a kid. I was 12 and I said, "I wonder what profession all these Senators and Congressmen were." Law, law, law, law, businessman, law, law. And I said, "There's no scientists? Where are the engineers? Where's the rest of life represented?" And so when I look at the conflicts, the argumentative conflicts, I just sit back and say, ya know, "Can I buy an engineer, please? Or scientist?" Put somebody … a businessman … a business person, who knows how to make a hard but significant financial decision because at the end of the day they've got to make their books work. I'm screaming, I'm sorry.
Depends Who's Cooking and Who's Fucking.
- Anthony Bourdain: I think, at some point, the ability to sit down with people and have a beer and eat some delicious slow-cooked pork is the beginning of some kind of a conversation.
- Maher: Because it's the most primal thing, eating. Or maybe sex is. Like if you had to choose between a great meal and mediocre sex, what would you choose?
- Bourdain: That's really a … it calls for a qualitative answer, ya know? Depends who's cooking and who's fucking.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: You can go longer without sex than without food, it turns out. Biologically. Just to clarify that.
- Maher: So great to have a scientist.
First of all, let’s clarify what the NASA budget is. Do you realize that the $850 billion dollar bailout, that sum of money is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA?
And so when someone says, “We don’t have enough money for this space probe,” I’m asking, no, it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of money that you’re spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.
You remember the 60s and 70s. You didn’t have to go more than a week before there’s an article in Life magazine, “The Home of Tomorrow,” “The City of Tomorrow,” “Transportation of Tomorrow”. All of that ended in the 1970s. After we stopped going to the Moon, it all ended. We stopped dreaming.
And so I worry that the decision that Congress makes doesn’t factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. Tomorrow’s gone. They’re playing for the quarterly report, they’re playing for the next election cycle, and that is motgaging the actual future of this nation, and the rest of the world is going to pass us by.
Could You Quantify That Answer?
- Stephen K. Bannon (Filmmaker, Tea Party): The federal government takes too much tax revenue today.
- Bill Maher: From them?! The rich pay, like, as much as the poor. This is like… 18%
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist): But wait, I have to ask. What do you mean by "too much"? Could you quantify that answer?
- Maher: You can't really say they take too much from the rich. The rich, in the last 30 years, have … come on, we know all the statistics.
- Joan Walsh (Salon.com): … have sucked up the top 1%
- Tyson: So they drive a Bentley instead of a Rolls? What is the "too much" tax that you're refer -- I just don't know. I don't know. I'm just asking.
- Maher: I'm just saying I would be so much more sympathetic if I understood why a party that's supposed to be a populist party is always doing the bidding of billionaires who don't need the money wouldn't notice. Would not notice it missing. And it could solve so much.
- Bannon: We think that people, if they keep their own money and re-invest it, it's a much more efficient way to run things.