21 4 / 2014
"The Millennials are the most selfish and immature generation."
18 4 / 2014
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation."
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
I like how he talks about his success in astrophysics as survival, that some people survive the social pressures to conform and some don’t. Because a lot of privileged people would say, “If Neil DeGrasse Tyson could become a scientist, why can’t any Black kid?” And then they’ll blame the kid for not succeeding. Well, why can some people survive cancer and some can’t? It’s not anything deficient within the individual that keeps them from succeeding. It’s everyone, especially important people, telling them they can’t so often that they start to believe it.
18 4 / 2014
Anonymous asked: wtf that's so messed up. Sew them man
Why would I sue over that?
You don’t have to sue, but you should ask whoever is in charge of the dining hall to order kosher food from whatever supplier they use, and to label it as kosher in the dining hall. The president of the animal rights club at my alma mater was able to get the dining hall to serve cage-free eggs. It didn’t seem to be too difficult.
16 4 / 2014
"He looks like a dead body."
15 4 / 2014
Poops and cramps and poops and cramps and poops and cramps and poops and cramps and poops and cramps and poops and cramps ….