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You find yourself 10 years old again but have retained all the memories, knowledge and experiecne you've gained in your life since then. How do you go forward?

Life do-over.  I am going to make HUGE changes to affect how my personal life turns out.
Pretty happy with how my life turned out.  Maybe make a few tweaks here and there to see what happens.
Don't change a thing! I don't want to risk losing any thing that I've achieved the first time around.
Make massive changes to alter major historical events (like preventing 9/11 or something similar...)

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6795 on: April 23, 2014, 12:46:36 PM »
A facebook friend posted a quote by Neil Degrasse Tyson and someone responded with :
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If you ever watch programs like The Universe or How the Universe Works most of them are overtly phenomenal with adjectives and absolutes. It makes me sick that their branch of science is portrayed in such a manner. But Neil takes the cake. He's a little more slick than his counterparts. Despite his intelligence he's egotistical, narrow minded, and ignorant of anyone who argues his views. I can't stand that he was picked to replicate Carl Sagan's Cosmos. It's a disgrace. Neil has some great quotes but I don't envy or think highly of him in any manner.

WTF, does NDT actually evoke this much passion?  And I'm not exactly a fan of NDT so I can't say much about him or his style but most of this seems far from reality.
Any chance your friend is a closet racist ?
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6796 on: April 23, 2014, 12:52:21 PM »
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6797 on: April 23, 2014, 12:55:56 PM »
A facebook friend posted a quote by Neil Degrasse Tyson and someone responded with :
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If you ever watch programs like The Universe or How the Universe Works most of them are overtly phenomenal with adjectives and absolutes. It makes me sick that their branch of science is portrayed in such a manner. But Neil takes the cake. He's a little more slick than his counterparts. Despite his intelligence he's egotistical, narrow minded, and ignorant of anyone who argues his views. I can't stand that he was picked to replicate Carl Sagan's Cosmos. It's a disgrace. Neil has some great quotes but I don't envy or think highly of him in any manner.

WTF, does NDT actually evoke this much passion?  And I'm not exactly a fan of NDT so I can't say much about him or his style but most of this seems far from reality.

The person probably should have written "overtly phenomenological"? But they also probably actually meant "materialistic" or "naturalistic" by what they should have written. :)
I don't see how NDGT differs from any other science popularizer or Sagan in this. But yeah, ask what they meant first.
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6798 on: April 23, 2014, 01:20:20 PM »

WTF, does NDT actually evoke this much passion?  And I'm not exactly a fan of NDT so I can't say much about him or his style but most of this seems far from reality.

I can't stand when people say something makes them sick... it's such bogus hyperbole.

NdGT is a popularizer - in many ways he's even better at it than Carl was.  His podcast, where his co-hosts are comedians who actually seem to enjoy learning things and having their minds blown, is a fine way to connect with the genpop.  I think it's unrealistic to compare him to Lawrence Krauss types (which it seems your FB friend is sort of doing subtly).

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6799 on: April 23, 2014, 01:44:23 PM »
First, the caustic post was not my friend it was the friend of a friend.  My friend was actually pro-DGT.
Second, I posted here because I do not want to debate anyone on facebook. 

I was just sorta caught of guard by the vitriol for a guy who in my opinion goes out of his way to be nice.  Again, I don't follow much of what NTD does, maybe he is a bigger jerk than I think.   :-\   

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6800 on: April 23, 2014, 02:26:12 PM »
Once again, Dr Oz admits he was wrong (about saturated fat).  I can respect that.


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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6801 on: April 23, 2014, 05:18:25 PM »
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You find yourself 10 years old again but have retained all the memories, knowledge and experiecne you've gained in your life since then. How do you go forward?

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6802 on: April 23, 2014, 07:47:28 PM »
A facebook friend posted a quote by Neil Degrasse Tyson and someone responded with :
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If you ever watch programs like The Universe or How the Universe Works most of them are overtly phenomenal with adjectives and absolutes. It makes me sick that their branch of science is portrayed in such a manner. But Neil takes the cake. He's a little more slick than his counterparts. Despite his intelligence he's egotistical, narrow minded, and ignorant of anyone who argues his views. I can't stand that he was picked to replicate Carl Sagan's Cosmos. It's a disgrace. Neil has some great quotes but I don't envy or think highly of him in any manner.


WTF, does NDT actually evoke this much passion?  And I'm not exactly a fan of NDT so I can't say much about him or his style but most of this seems far from reality.
Any chance your friend is a closet racist ?
Implicit bias is the basis for a lot of "closet racism".

Basically, if this person is from the US, there is a non-zero chance they hold racial biases.

Oh, and Neil de Grasse Tyson is the best.

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #6803 on: April 23, 2014, 09:01:30 PM »
A facebook friend posted a quote by Neil Degrasse Tyson and someone responded with :
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If you ever watch programs like The Universe or How the Universe Works most of them are overtly phenomenal with adjectives and absolutes. It makes me sick that their branch of science is portrayed in such a manner. But Neil takes the cake. He's a little more slick than his counterparts. Despite his intelligence he's egotistical, narrow minded, and ignorant of anyone who argues his views. I can't stand that he was picked to replicate Carl Sagan's Cosmos. It's a disgrace. Neil has some great quotes but I don't envy or think highly of him in any manner.


WTF, does NDT actually evoke this much passion?  And I'm not exactly a fan of NDT so I can't say much about him or his style but most of this seems far from reality.
Any chance your friend is a closet racist ?
Implicit bias is the basis for a lot of "closet racism".

Basically, if this person is from the US, there is a non-zero chance they hold racial biases.

Oh, and Neil de Grasse Tyson is the best.


You mean a 100% chance?
And I would be pretty confident extending to "if this person is human..."
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
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