PopCornucopia is all about free associative pop culture tidbits as they strike my fancy, just like kernels of corn exploding into fullness at a random and unpredictable pace. And of course, the cornucopia is the horn of plenty.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Everybody's Starry Eyed

Right now I am totally in love with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So freakin' much. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the foremost ambassador of astrophysics. Let's take a tour of his office! There's a shot of his business card where you can see his phone number, and there's a little part of me that wants to call him up and chat. But I'll settle for the next best thing, a wonderful hour-long interview with Stephen Colbert. It is a must watch. 60 minutes you won't regret: On ignorant people: "They will not be the participants on the frontier of cosmic discovery." Later on, "And so scientific literacy is vaccine against charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance of the forces of nature." I'm in the middle of his autobiography, and I am enjoying it immensely. A breezy read, he blends his personal experiences with scientific logic, anecdotes laced with empirical fact. And right now digging this song, perhaps as an ode to the those who would look to the skies for inspiration.

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