Neil deGrasse Tyson Sure Seems Sick of Explaining This Stuff to Us Idiots
Currently the most recognizable face in modern physics, Neil deGrasse Tyson has been seen on more science related television shows than the late Carl Sagan. “It truly is a great honor to bring science into the mainstream media,” says Tyson, who graduated from Harvard and did his graduate studies at Columbia, “but really, I am getting kind of tired of explaining this stuff to you idiots.”
Tyson, who has appeared on countless late night talk shows such as Late Night With Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, as well as host of numerous History and Science Channel programs, Tyson has found no time left to act on his own scientific prowess. “Being shuffled back and forth, explaining this stuff to you guys…I just don’t have the time to work on the ideas that have plagued me for years. For instance, just when I think I was making some head-way on a theory concerning dark matter and its nature of force against a rapidly expanding universe, I had to sit down with Richard Dawkins and try to explain to a roomful of you guys about how the Earth is over 5,000 years old.”
Tyson, as most scientists do, has come up with a simple analogy to explain what dealing with us feels like:
Imagine if you were building a house by hand and just as you were getting the blueprints configured and seeing how much lumber you would need, a child kept tugging on your pant leg and was asking what a house is, then began to ask incessantly about each aspect of the house, and you’re explaining each part individually, but the kid is dense and you just know he doesn’t get it. He’s burning ants on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass.
It sure seems frustrating to deal with us.
“But here’s the kicker,” says Tyson. “The kid has all the money. He funds your house. For every question you answer him, he gives you money to continue building your house.”
Tyson, among the science community, is seen as the developmental martyr, a man who ushered in a cool, new, relatable way to bring science to mainstream popularity all at the cost of his own career and personal advances in knowledge. Or is seen as a media whore, depending on who you ask.
“Maybe I can inspire some future scientist with my television appearances, and maybe that future scientist will answer the questions I don’t have time to answer myself. Let’s see, what do I have to do today? Oh, refute the argument that the moon landing was faked.” Tyson could only shake his head solemnly.
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