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New verbs are fun:  Do you Mars?

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Mars is just fine where it's at. Living organisms have to be significantly sequenced.
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Preview Friday’s Podcast, “#StarTalkLive! at the Apollo (Part 1)” with Senator Cory Booker
Preview Part 1 of our show at the Apollo Theater with Neil Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Senator Cory Booker, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Maeve Higgins & Phoebe Robinson.
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I think Cory Booker will be the next Vice President. 
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Are we getting smarter or stupider?
Find out in this SoundBite w/ Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman:
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StarTalk SoundBite: Are We Getting Smarter Or Stupider? by StarTalk Radio
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So, Are "We" getting smarter?
We must first define terms.
Secondly, we must create & test hypotheses that give us clear, repeatable empirical results. We must first come up with a empirical, measurable, definition of "Intelligence", or at least an important aspect of it. Many of us intuitively agree on intelligence, but we have to do better.

The terms defined, the parameters tested & measured may give us contradictory results, leaving the broad question unanswered. (Broad scope, Multi-Variable questions measured over long time scales tend to be that way).

Who represents "We"?
Homo Sapiens? Americans?
The World Population ?
Scientists & Engineers?
All folks in general?
Age ranges & educations?

Do some cultures excel while others go "Dumbth!" because of cultural causes? (Religion).

Smarter How? In what skills?
By ordinary folks adapting to exponentially complex technologies? Or dumbing down because our gadgets provide us with answers with no mental effort on our part?

Are just Scientists & Engineers getting smarter in Pure Science or Applied Science?
Interfaces that can be intuitively understood by Bevis & ButtHead?

Smarter in what ways? Technology? Mathematics? History? Languages? Music? Interpersonal politesse? Economics? Philosophy? Foreign Cultures?

The ability to fix broken stuff? The ability to build or create a New Useful Thing?

I don't know. I'm an Engineer.
Electronics R&D. LEDs. Lasers.

During the Cold War, I was a Defense Contractor for USAF. 
I wrote A-Level System Specs for Access Control to Top Secret areas using Biometrics.
NASA was very helpful by giving us the Operations & Maintenance Manual for Launch Pad 39b, 900 pages, as a template for the USAF High Security areas, which all AFBs had to follow to the letter, yet still be able to accommodate all AFBs worldwide and their unique Site-Specific Requirements.
Strictly uniform yet infinitely configurarable. Difficult!

That accomplished, I started a new career in Environmental Engineering for treating chemical plants, turning highly toxic effluent that would catastrophically contaminate raw sewage into water 200× cleaner than NYC tap water. This would be very useful for space travel. Still very difficult.

This was inspired by a "Vision Quest", where I went to Hawaii with just a bike & tent for the 1991 Total Eclipse of the Sun.
"To Bear Witness to the Sun in it's Hour of Darkness." Wow!

After the Eclipse, I was befriended by an astronomy student and joined an older couple at an outdoor cafe for a mea& a few beers. It was
Gene & Caroline Shoemaker! Wonderful folks.

They were gracious enough to bring me to the summit of Mauna Kea with a tour of the Keck telescope. I found out that since I was a member of the Planetary Society, that each member's name was micro-etched on a silicon chip attached to the most recent Mars Lander at the time. My actual name is on Mars! Wow!

Back to Smarter or Dumber, I consistently score in the 98th or 99th percentile in general IQ tests & same in very specific tests, like engineering aptitude, petroleum engineering, physics, chemistry, mechanical dexterity, arts & crafts, geology. I remember many conversations verbatim after 25 years or more, and so on.

That is where I found a key differentiating the two.

It's extremely lonely being smart in rural Connecticut. There is no one who can comprehend even simplified explanations of my topics. I've been fortunate to have met and real talks with Science Nobel Laureates, authors, artists & astronauts & more. 

Secondly, most local folks here have families, watch lots of televised sports, constantly maintaining homes & yards.

One constant attribute since age 3, was an insatiable curiosity, an intense eagerness to learn (I came to America at age 5 as a political refugee from the Soviet Invasion of my communist Czechoslovakia). I could read Slovak at 3 fluently, but was determined to learn English.

Thirdly was the willingness to spend hours, almost compulsively to get it right. Piano & violin lessons. Reading all 12 volumes of Britannica's Junior Encyclopedia by age 8 (far more interesting than TV fare). Typing, soldering, mowing the lawn with a power mower by age 8 (when I got my first laboratory). I can't live without my own laboratory.

This trait to persist at a task or project in my careers sometimes lasted up to 40 hours, with 1 meal break.

52 year old guys like me lose interest quickly, or quit when the job gets hard.

Yesterday & today, for example. I was up at 9am, did a lot of work until 8pm. Ate supper, had a 2 hour nap. Got up to read science, history & such. Wrote some emails. Wrote 15 one page essays, tying new knowledge to what I already know. It's 1:30am, but I have a 5 hours ahead of me. I'm tired, I hurt, but that's what fills my days. Work, learn, study and write.

Pardon my verbosity. I hope to meet you one day after a lecture at the museum.

The original question:
Dumber or Smarter?
Dumb & Dumber?
I don't know, but the answer may lie hidden in Persistence.

Break time!
"Pinhead" by The Ramones.
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It's been a busy year at Reddit. Interim CEO Ellen Pao stepped down while fighting a very public legal battle, the site banned some of its most offensive communities — all while a former CEO...
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Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Uses Twitter: "My Cosmic Brain Droppings"
Published on Oct 5, 2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson in conversation with science comedian Brian Malow. In this clip we discuss Neil's use of Twitter.

This is an excerpt from an amazing and epically-long interview via Skype. Subscribe to be notified as more clips and the full-length program will be released in the coming weeks.

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Best explanation of a use for Twitter that I've ever heard.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Ideas & Achievements - Science Comedian +Brian Malow  sciencecomedian 
Published on Oct 5, 2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson in conversation with science comedian Brian Malow. In this clip we discuss some of the achievements Neil is most proud of - and he quotes a surprising joke of mine about good ideas.

This is an excerpt from an amazing and epically-long interview via Skype. Subscribe to be notified as more clips and the full-length program will be released in the coming weeks.

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There's this one, too - on why Tyson uses Twitter:
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If interested, here are my cosmic perspectives on Art, via a video AMA session for @Reddit.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Reddit AMA
Published on Oct 6, 2015
Known as one of the most prolific astrophysicists of our time, Neil deGrasse Tyson has participated in 5 AMAs since 2011, racking up nearly 40,000 questions from the Reddit community and accumulating 216,487 karma points (and counting)! 

For his fifth Ask Me Anything, Neil wanted to explore the depths of his knowledge of art, so we hosted the AMA in r/Art! Check out the full AMA here:
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New video from +Tech Insider  and +StarTalk Radio:  Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how #Batman can really beat #Superman:
VIDEO: What will happen next year when The Man of Steel goes up against The Dark Knight?
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Batman vs invincibility ya ok
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New Video: Watch "Science Literacy vs. Climate Change Deniers" with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and Chuck Nice:
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In Today's Lunch with a "Side Order of Science": Is time travel possible? Neil deGrasse Tyson chats w/ Colin Jost about going back in time the way they did in "Star Trek IV." #SOS
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Waiting for the first ever collsion of two black holes to be observed closely, apart from the simulation theoreis which decribes it to either form a bigger combined black hole or sling shotting each other apart.
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Working far apart, both Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald found that neutrinos shift identities like chameleons in space — and that they have mass.
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So, basically, it's time to reevaluate everything you know as truth starting with wrong about everything and reestablish trust in reality or sink to fantasy because reality is too hard for adults. 
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says the filmmakers did their science homework, but took a few liberties with the facts
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+Brian Bunch The movie has motivated me to read the book!
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Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, a science communicator, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetariumat the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest onThe Daily ShowThe Colbert ReportReal Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. It was announced on August 5, 2011 that Tyson will be hosting a new sequel to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage TV series.[1] 

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