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Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: CleveDan on February 25, 2007, 03:37:35 PM
I think Neil would be a great guest on the show. below is a write-up regarding him on c-span this weekend. I'm sure he could speak on a variety of topics:

Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, talks about his new book of collected essays about the cosmos.

Author Bio: Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson became director of the Hayden Planetarium in 1996. Mr. Tyson is the author of several books, including "Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution" (with Donald Goldsmith) and "The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist." For more, visit: research.amnh.org/~tyson/.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Ivan Lysenko on February 27, 2007, 01:18:38 PM
I saw him on c-span a few days ago when I was back at home for the weekend and I liked what I saw. Later I also caught him on NRP's wait wait don't tell me. Also very cool. I have to say that I like the idea of having him on the program and it would break up the some what short and unsatisfying TAM 5 interviews.

P.S. whatever happened to the spell check stuff on the boards?
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: wastrel on March 31, 2007, 03:24:54 PM
I liked "Death By Black Hole" quite a bit.  Very accessible for a lay person, and had many interesting tidbits; also written with a good sense of humor.

I saw him on Colbert Report, he was very entertaining.  I think he be a great guest on the podcast.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: gorgulax on April 20, 2007, 01:40:30 PM
Not getting Tyson would be a crime.  He has that rare ability to convey the utter marvel of his subject with the excitement that a career could easily temper or kill.

Also -
 Beyond Belief 2006 (http://beyondbelief2006.org) was a conference on The Academy v. Religion.  Dawkins, Harris, Tyson, a reverent letter Dennett sent from his hospital bed, Susan Neiman, a token Templeton winner, Joan Roughgarden, an anesthesiologist presenting a quantum consciousness conjecture that nearly kills the physicists in the audience, and a lot more is entirely free to stream or download.  If I sound out of breath, it's because I am.  Scott Atran's disgust with much that transpired there makes for a little drama.  Fun!

One clip of Tyson calling Dawkins a meany and Dawkins doing little to dispel that notion is   here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=uYBFqse7tiU)
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Ciro on April 20, 2007, 01:52:36 PM
Quote from: "gorgulax"
Not getting Tyson would be a crime.  He has that rare ability to convey the utter marvel of his subject with the excitement that a career could easily temper or kill.

One clip of Tyson calling Dawkins a meany and Dawkins doing little to dispel that notion is   here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=uYBFqse7tiU)


That was great.... I freaking love Tyson. He gets me so excited. The episodes of POI which he was on were fantastic, and the Beyond Belief videos of him talking about what science means to him brought me to tears. I agree, not getting him on SGU would be a crime.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: gorgulax on April 20, 2007, 02:20:12 PM
I must admit, I have been biased toward him since first hearing his name and AMNH  (http://www.amnh.org/) uttered in the same sentence. That might be my favorite place.  Ever.  If all goes according to plan, my wedding will be there.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Brian1625 on April 22, 2007, 10:03:27 AM
Yeah, he actually has skill when it comes to the Public Understanding of Science.

Michael Shermer mentioned that Scientist aren't great spokes people on his second appearance on the SGU podcast... Science has bad PR but Tyson is that rare exception.
Title: colbert 4/30
Post by: CleveDan on April 30, 2007, 11:42:24 PM
He was on Colbert tonight 4/30. i guess he is the first 3 time guest on colbert. that means he should be on SGU!
Title: Re: colbert 4/30
Post by: wastrel on May 01, 2007, 12:01:18 AM
Quote from: "CleveDan"
He was on Colbert tonight 4/30. i guess he is the first 3 time guest on colbert. that means he should be on SGU!


Ahh, nothing like a refreshing non-sequitur to brighten your day.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Joe Shmoe on May 01, 2007, 12:18:06 AM
Quote from: "Brian1625"
Yeah, he actually has skill when it comes to the Public Understanding of Science.

Michael Shermer mentioned that Scientist aren't great spokes people on his second appearance on the SGU podcast... Science has bad PR but Tyson is that rare exception.


I dislike him, he has trouble forming coherent sentences.  Compared to the poetry of Sagan and now Dawkins he's a pauper.  I do believe that he does one thing very well, that is the communicate as Sagan did (and Dawkins does not) the awesomeness of the universe.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Brian Hunt on May 06, 2007, 02:31:46 AM
I'm a fan.  I'd love to hear him on the show.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Dave The Drummer on May 06, 2007, 06:42:06 AM
I'd like to hear what he has to say too.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Phobos on November 11, 2007, 10:39:49 PM
I concur that Tyson would be an outstanding guest.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: The Great Perhaps on January 15, 2008, 05:17:57 PM
Quote from: "Joe Shmoe"
I dislike him, he has trouble forming coherent sentences.  Compared to the poetry of Sagan and now Dawkins he's a pauper.  I do believe that he does one thing very well, that is the communicate as Sagan did (and Dawkins does not) the awesomeness of the universe.


Shermer or Tyson? Shermer's a good writer but not the best speaker, but I've both read Tyson and heard him speak, and both times he blew me away. Even Jon Stewart pointed out that he can make the science of the universe sound sexy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the SGU in '08!  :)
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: seanahan on January 15, 2008, 10:45:13 PM
People have compared him to Carl Sagan, which is as much endorsement as I need.  He does podcasts as well as hosts the tv show Nova, and they're both pretty good.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: LeeTheAgent on January 16, 2008, 07:32:40 AM
Quote from: "The Great Perhaps"
Quote from: "Joe Shmoe"
I dislike him, he has trouble forming coherent sentences.  Compared to the poetry of Sagan and now Dawkins he's a pauper.  I do believe that he does one thing very well, that is the communicate as Sagan did (and Dawkins does not) the awesomeness of the universe.


Shermer or Tyson? Shermer's a good writer but not the best speaker, but I've both read Tyson and heard him speak, and both times he blew me away. Even Jon Stewart pointed out that he can make the science of the universe sound sexy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the SGU in '08!  :)
Shermer AND Tyson! And throw in Michio Kaku... 3 of my favorites! And of course Christopher Hitchens (teh secks) and that would be my dream podcast agenda! :D
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: The Great Perhaps on January 16, 2008, 02:10:35 PM
Quote from: "seanahan"
People have compared him to Carl Sagan, which is as much endorsement as I need.  He does podcasts as well as hosts the tv show Nova, and they're both pretty good.


Indeed. Carl Sagan is one of my heroes, and Tyson is the only person I can think of that could follow him.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Jonny_eh on January 16, 2008, 02:27:43 PM
Tyson is no Sagan, but he's damn good. I enjoyed Death by Black Hole very much, but it's not in the same league as Sagan's stuff.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: seanahan on January 16, 2008, 09:36:37 PM
Quote from: "LeeTheAgent"
Shermer AND Tyson! And throw in Michio Kaku... 3 of my favorites! And of course Christopher Hitchens (teh secks) and that would be my dream podcast agenda! :D


I saw Michio Kaku doing commentary on The Science Channel for a show about how prophetic Jules Verne and H. G. Wells were.  He was very good.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: LeeTheAgent on January 17, 2008, 06:01:48 AM
Michio Kaku, I personally think, has taken the mantle from Sagan... when I see him on shows on the Science Channel, he's got that great spirit Sagan had, that optimism for the future, he really makes you eager for scientific breakthroughs. You watch one of his shows and you're all eager about what's to come. I'd love to hear more from him, especially on SGU. He's got the charisma Sagan had.
Title: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: balderdash on January 19, 2008, 07:08:44 AM
Tyson has an ability to convey enthusiasm for his topic like few others. Needless to say, I think he would make an excellent guest.
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Skepvet on June 21, 2008, 09:02:02 AM
Just heard Tyson speak at TAMS6 yesterday. HE WAS AWESOME!  Eloquently, seamlessly and in a completely captivating way talked about everything from Pluto as a Putoid, the vacuousness of G.W. Bush, intelligent design, the failure of American education, and the tragic loss of Scientific tradition in Islam (to name a few). Definitely would be great on SGU.

He definitely made an effort to stylistically separate himself from Dawkins by pointing out that 7% of "elite" scientists still believe in a personal God. Suggested that we should be more sensitive regarding the criticism of "believers" until that number goes to 0%. Would definitely like to hear Steve get him to elaborate on that.
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: DoctorAtlantis on June 21, 2008, 01:49:47 PM
I do believe that he does one thing very well, that is the communicate as Sagan did (and Dawkins does not) the awesomeness of the universe.

Well, Dawkins' field is biology not astronomy, so he's not really in a position to talk about the universe as an expert is he?  He makes the evolution of life here on our little rock seem pretty awesome if you can get past how intimidating his books are in sheer size.
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: m1eai on June 23, 2008, 06:57:52 AM
I was at the SGU dinner on Friday night and i asked Steve about the interviews they had done.  He said they had got Mr Tyson (who btw was f**king brillent on Friday, buying the TAM 6 DVD is a must) as well as Geroge Hrab, Banacheck Pen and Teller and a few others.  Jet lag and food poisoning making my mind a bit fuzzy.  He said they will be selling complete ones like last year just lots more of them.

Andy
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Mike on June 23, 2008, 11:55:55 AM
Yep, we got most of the speakers (and others), including Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  But unfortunately not P&T.  I got to sit in on the interviews with Adam Savage and James Randi.  Shaking Randi's hand for the first time was one of the MANY highlights of my TAM.
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: illogik01 on July 03, 2008, 01:32:25 AM
He's sooooo dreamy!
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Hanes on July 03, 2008, 02:35:21 AM
Awesome.  Tyson is man-crush material for sure.

He was great at Beyond Belief '06 (http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=beyond%20belief%20'06&rls=com.microsoft:*&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&sa=N&tab=wv# (http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=beyond%20belief%20'06&rls=com.microsoft:*&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&sa=N&tab=wv#)).

Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Dan Jackson on July 10, 2008, 11:40:30 PM
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I dislike him, he has trouble forming coherent sentences.

Bullshit.  On a stick.

Maybe he can get over-excited and sound "off the cuff" informal, the man has no problem forming coherent sentences.  Just because he communicates differently than Sagan doesn't mean he lacks "poetry".  I love Sagan, and have essentially memorized most of Cosmos, Pale Blue Dot, and Demon Haunted World, but even Sagan wasn't without his faults (like his tendency to be overly "soft and flowery" with his metaphors). 

Sagan always seemed like a eloquent, tweedy professor who came from the 60's hippie era.  Tyson, by comparison, seems like an "regular guy", a "man's man", who also happens to be an astrophysicist that runs a planetarium and loves science... and loves to tell you all about it.     
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Bartmon on July 15, 2008, 12:57:03 PM
I set up and handled the guest interviews for TAM 6. We made every effort to ensure that SGU got everyone they wanted. P & T specifically asked that they NOT be interviewed by anyone. Considering all that they do for the JREF and TAM, this seemed reasonable to me.

Dr. Tyson's schedule was very limited and we had only 90 minutes to do all the interviews with him. SGU got about 28 minutes with him (which I think was the most of anyone). I think the SGU boys (and girl) got everyone else done without any problems. There just HAS to be a ton of great material in there.

Bart
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: craig on July 16, 2008, 11:19:52 AM
Michio Kaku, I personally think, has taken the mantle from Sagan... when I see him on shows on the Science Channel, he's got that great spirit Sagan had, that optimism for the future, he really makes you eager for scientific breakthroughs. You watch one of his shows and you're all eager about what's to come. I'd love to hear more from him, especially on SGU. He's got the charisma Sagan had.

I have to disagree.  From what I have heard, Kaku is a pseudoscientist and"he Preach it, he don't Teach it".
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Evil Eye on July 20, 2008, 08:54:42 AM
Tyson is the kind of guy I'd like to have over for some beer & BBQ, then chat about the universe while sitting in lawn chairs under the night sky.
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: DK on July 20, 2008, 03:15:12 PM
Just listened to the podcast, and I think I remember him from the Daily Show. Definitely think I'll be checking out some of his work. So good to see/hear someone who has such a passion for his work, yet can instil that same passion in others. If only we could clone him and put versions in every school. (Though I think he'd probably be stolen by the mothers!)
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Hanes on July 20, 2008, 03:51:33 PM
Dr. Tyson had a great talk at Beyond Belief 2006, and his recent acceptance speech at RNASA is one of my new favorites.  Video of him you can find on YouTube I feel are better than his television appearances, especially when he's scripted.  When he's on his own behind a podium he's such a wonder to listen to.
Title: Re: Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a guest
Post by: Evil Eye on July 20, 2008, 05:21:51 PM
http://www.mediafire.com/?b2mmcy0yzzp