Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Worried That Humans Are Too Stupid For Aliens

A lot of people ask StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson if extraterrestrial life exists and why haven't we encountered any alien life yet.

"Maybe they have visited us in Times Square," Tyson tells us. "But no one noticed because everybody who hangs out in Times Square is just a little crazy."

A more serious concern, though, is that maybe humans are so stupid and uncivilized that aliens have decided we're not worth encountering.

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about aliens and why it actually might be a good thing that aliens haven't visited Earth yet.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Faster than Light

Could the Big Bang have been the result of something traveling faster than the speed of light? In answering Jeff Sloan's Cosmic Query, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice discuss Cherenkov radiation, sonic booms and light booms, and why a diamond sparkles. Find out how we can conduct faster-than-light experiments if it's impossible to travel faster than the speed of light in this "Behind the Scenes" StarTalk Video. Shot during the recording of Cosmic Queries: Time-Keeping, which you can listen to here: And if you love StarTalk Radio, don't miss out on any StarTalk news. Sign up for our free newsletter:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Has the Future Arrived?

American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says he would like to go to space himself, or at the very least help others get there, but he's content living vicariously through the robots for now.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Live in a Cosmic Shooting Gallery

Neil deGrasse Tyson: I'm almost embarrassed for my species that you can be so blind to everything experts have been telling you and you got to wait for people to almost die to say, "Oh, I guess they are out there. Let's find legislation to help find them and deflect them."

The Poetry Of Neil deGrasse Tyson

At the end of the Q&A period after Tyson and Dawkins' magnificent presentation "The Poetry of Science", this douchebag troll (who refused to sit and insisted on getting his "question" out) tries to bait Dawkins/Tyson into a religious discussion with the mildly retarded question about what they would do when they're about to die with nothing to console themselves but their knowledge of science (implying that they're incomplete without the source of origin:god). Dawkins passed the opportunity for retort to Tyson, who answers in a fantastically poetic way.

StarTalk : The Science of the Mind

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Wyatt Cenac, Cara Santa Maria and neuroscientist Heather Berlin at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the science of the mind.
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Guests: Heather Berlin, Wyatt Cenac, Cara Santa Maria

StarTalk Live: Building the Future

On November 27th 2012, Earth 2 Hub's Head of Technology, Melissa Sterry, joined astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic Eugene Mirman and fellow futurist Jason Silva in conversation for StarTalk Live at Business Insider's IGNITION conference.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: StarTalk with Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, David Grinspoon, Eugene Mirman

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman and astrobiologist David Grinspoon at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the the Curiosity Mars Rover and the exploration of Mars.

Guests: Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, David Grinspoon, Eugene Mirman

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Time: Doctor Who, Star Trek or Ray Bradbury?

What is time? In this Cosmic Query, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answers a fan who wonders whether time is more like Ray Bradbury's linear depiction of time in "A Sound of Thunder," the branching timestream depicted in 2009's "Star Trek" or the way Doctor Who describes it in the classic episode "Blink": "a big ball of wibbly, wobbly, timey-wimey...stuff." Enjoy this "Behind the Scenes" video with comic co-host Colin Jost. And if you love StarTalk Radio, don't miss out on any StarTalk news. Sign up for our free newsletter:

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by the Templeton Foundation to answer the question "Does the Universe Have a Purpose". Henry of Minute Physics drew some accompanying pictures.

Neil Degrasse Tyson & Chris Hardwick at Nycc: They Call Me Baba Booey

Join Gary Dell'Abate (aka Baba Booey), producer of the Howard Stern Show and tech and audio enthusiast, from the Nerdist booth on the floor of New York Comic Con with special guests Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chris Hardwick.

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