Neil deGrasse Tyson: Finding Extraterrestrial Life Might Unify Earth’s Residents

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Finding Extraterrestrial Life Might Unify Earth’s Residents


( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY FIRST GUEST
TONIGHT IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE HAYDEN
PLANETARIUM AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, THE
HOST OF “STAR TALK” AND “COSMOS,” AND THE AUTHOR OF THE
NEW BOOK, “LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST.” PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO “THE LATE
SHOW,” NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>Stephen: NEIL, GOOD TO SEE
YOU AGAIN.>>HEY, HEY.>>Stephen: ALWAYS PLEASANT. YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE YOU MISS
MY VEST OR SOMETHING.>>Stephen: I WAS LOOKING FOR
THE VEST. I REALIZE IT’S GONE.>>NO, NO, NOT TODAY.>>Stephen: ARE YOU JUST
WEARING IT UNDERNEATH THE SHIRT, LIKE A HAIR SHIRT?>>YEAH, IT’S UNDERNEATH THE
SHIRT.>>Stephen: WE WERE TALKING
BACKSTAGE BEFORE YOU CAME OUT, AND PEOPLE ASK ME ALL THE TIME
WHO IS MY FAVORITE GUEST ON THE SHOW AND I ALWAYS SAY NEIL
TYSON, AND PEOPLE ALWAYS SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT. ONE OF THE REASONS IS YOU’RE ONE
OF THE EASIEST GUESTS TO GET ON BECAUSE IF I’M LUCKY, I’LL GET
IN A WORD EDGEWISE. ( LAUGHTER )
MY FIRST QUESTION IS NOT EASY BECAUSE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN HERE
FOR A YEAR AND IN THAT PAST YEAR YOU WERE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL
MISCONDUCT BY A FEW WOMEN. I KNOW THERE WERE THREE
INVESTIGATIONS.>>YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: AND AT THE END OF
THOSE, THEY DID NOT FIND ANY GROUNDS TO DISMISS YOU FROM YOUR
JOBS AT THE HAYDEN PLANETARIUM OR ON “STAR TALK” OR “COSMOS” ON
FOX, BUT, REGARDLESS OF THAT OUTCOME, I CAN’T IMAGINE THAT
WAS A PARTICULARLY SATISFYING RESULT FOR YOU OR THESE WOMEN
WHO HAVE SAID THAT THEY’RE NOT SATISFIED BY THAT RESULT. WHAT HAS THIS LAST YEAR BEEN
LIKE FOR YOU?>>IT’S BEEN VERY LONG, AND IT’S
BEEN. BEEN — WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHAT
I VALUED OVER THAT TIME, IT WAS, IN PARTICULAR, JUST THE VALUE OF
SUPPORT FROM FAMILY, FROM FRIENDS, FRIENDS EVEN SUCH AS
YOU, EVEN, AND ESPECIALLY FANS WHO WERE THERE THE WHOLE TIME,
AND THEY’RE THERE NOW, RECEIVING ALL THAT I DO FOR THEM, TRYING
TO BRING THE UNIVERSE DOWN TO EARTH FOR WHOEVER WILL LISTEN.>>Stephen: I THINK A LOT OF
PEOPLE, DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS OF SORT OF THE
ELEVATION OF THE EXPANSION OF THE #METOO MOVEMENT HAVE BEEN
ASKING THE QUESTIONS WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS? WHAT DID YOU LEARN OVER THE LAST
YEAR, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE OUTCOME IS HERE, WHAT DID YOU
LEARN?>>YEAH, THAT’S WHAT I LEARNED. I LEARNED THAT I HAD FRIENDS IN
TIME OF NEED AND IN TIME OF STRESS, THAT’S WHAT I LEARNED
FROM THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW, AS A SCIENTIST, MOST
OF THE TIME I’M JUST THINKING OBJECTIVELY ABOUT THE WORLD,
THINKING A LITTLE LESS ABOUT EMOTION, ABOUT FEELINGS,
ABOUT — AND WHEN I NEEDED IT MOST, PEOPLE WERE THERE FOR
ME — AGAIN, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS, ESPECIALLY FANS.>>Stephen: AND FOR THE FANS,
AS I THINK I’VE SAID TO YOU BEFORE, CLEARLY, THE AUDIENCES
LOVE YOU, AND THEY WANT TO LOVE YOU, AND PART OF THE LAST YEAR
IS AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE BECAUSE FACTUALLY IT HAS BEEN
ADJUDICATED BUT WE WEREN’T THERE. THE FULL RESULTS WEREN’T
REVEALED TO US. WE WEREN’T THERE FOR ANY OF THE
INSTANCES AND THE ACCUSATIONS. IT IS AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE
FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.>>YEAH, SURE. BUT I WOULD YOU WILL ALSO SAY
THAT THE FANS ARE — AT LEAST WHAT I TRY TO DO WITH THE FAN
BASE IS TRY TO NEVER BE THE OBJECT OF THEIR INTEREST, THAT
IT’S THE UNIVERSE AND I’M JUST A CONDUIT TO THE COSMOS FOR THEM. SO I THINK OF IT DIFFERENTLY, I
THINK THEY LIKE LEARNING ABOUT SCIENCE AND THE UNIVERSE AND I’M
A VEHICLE FOR THAT –>>Stephen: WELL, THEY PIGGY
BACK ON YOUR ENTHUSIASM. YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL
ENTHUSIAST. WHEN I TALK TO YOU, I FEEL ONE
SIDE OF MY BODY IS SINGED BY THE RADIO ACTIVE ENTHUSIASM YOU HAVE
FOR SCIENCE.>>IF IT WAS RADIO ACTIVE, YOU
WOULD LOSE YOUR ARM LATER IN THE WEEK.>>Stephen: IT’S STILL EARLY
IN THE NIGHT ( LAUGHTER )
>>JUST F.Y.I.>>Stephen: I WANT TO TALK TO
YOU ABOUT THE UNIVERSE. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU AND I BOND
ON IS OUR LOVE OF EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN. ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE ON MY
COMPUTER IS THE LIVE FEED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.>>VERY NICE.>>Stephen: I WANT TO SEE
WHAT’S GOING ON ON PLANET EARTH AROUND THERE. FOR WEEKS NOW THIS IS WHAT IT
SAYS ON THE I.S.S. FEED. IT SAYS “PREVIOUSLY RECORDED.” ( LAUGHTER )
WHAT DO THEY NOT WANT US TO KNOW, NEIL TYSON? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WHAT ARE YOU SCIENTISTS HIDING FROM US ALIENS?>>I AM NOT AUTHORIZED TO
DIVULGE. ( LAUGHTER )
IT IS TRUE THAT, IF IT WERE ALIENS, THE FIRST THING THEY
WOULD TAKE OUT IS YOUR ABILITY TO MONITOR THE OATH. SO CONSISTENT WITH THAT.>>Stephen: I SAY TO YOU,
AH-HA, NEIL TYSON.>>I’M NOT SAYING IT IS ALIENS. I AM SAYING IF ALIENS WANTED TO
POKE INTO OUR SITUATION, THEY WOULD MAKE US BLIND ATHAND NOT
HAVE US SEE WHAT WE’RE UP TO.>>Stephen: I’M SAYING
N.A.S.A. IS SHUT IT DOWN SO WE CAN’T SEE THE ALIENS, WE ARE
BEING PROTECTED FROM THE KNOWLEDGE BY OUR OWN
GOVERNMENTS, LIKE THE SNAKES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, THE
CLUSTER OF LIGHTS OFF THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA.>>OH, YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT
IS COMPETENT ENOUGH TO PULL THAT OFF. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: LET ME TELL YOU — I’M JUST SAYING.>>Stephen: — LAST WEEK
N.A.S.A.’S CHIEF SCIENTIST SAID N.A.S.A. IS CLOSE TO MAKING AN
ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT LIFE ON MARS AND WE, THE HUMAN RACE, ARE NOT
READY FOR IT. COME ON, THAT’S SAYING WE KNOW
BUT WE’RE NOT GOING TO TELL YOU.>>FIRST, I’M WORRIED I’M READY
FOR IT AND THAT MIGHT MEAN I’M NOT PART OF THE HUMAN RACE,
GIVEN THE LOGIC OF THAT SENTENCE.>>Stephen: SO YOU’RE READY
FOR IT?>>TOTALLY.>>Stephen: I’M READY FOR IT,
TOO.>>ARE YOU?>
( LAUGHTER )>>Stephen: IF YOU WEREN’T
READY WOULD YOU KNOW? IF YOU FOUND OUT THERE WAS EVEN
MICROBIAL LIFE RELATED TO MARS MAYBE THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD WOULD
BLOW OFF.>>IF WE FOUND LIFE OFF EARTH I
WOULD CHANGE THE HUMAN CONDITION THAT WE CANNOT IMAGINE.>>Stephen: WE WOULD WANT TO
KNOW IS IT EDIBLE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>YOU CAN IMAGINE ENTIRE STRAINS OF LIFE THAT ARE
ENTIRELY NOT EDIBLE TO US. THERE ARE AMINO ACIDS THAT HAVE
DIFFERENT KIRALITY.>>Stephen: WHAT’S KIRALITY. THEY’RE MOLECULES THAT ARE
DIFFERENT IN A MIRROR THAN THEY ARE IN YOUR HAND. THEY’RE MIRROR REFLECTIONS OF
EACH OTHER.>>Stephen: ARE MOLECULES LIKE
THAT?>>SOME ARE.>>Stephen: ARE WE KIRAL? ( LAUGHTER )
>>YOU HAVEN’T LOOKED IN THE MIRROR LATELY? YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR SYMMETRIES? ( LAUGHTER )
DNA TURNS IN ONE DIRECTION, NOT THE OTHER.>>Stephen: WHICH WAY. CLOCKWISE UP.>>Stephen: NEVER
COUNTERCLOCKWISE.>>NOT FOR LIFE ON EARTH, NO. SO THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE
DIFFERENT IN A MIRROR. IF YOU FIND LIFE, IT COULD BE —
YOU MIGHT WANT TO EAT IT, BUT IT WOULD HAVE NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE
TO YOU, LIKE FIBER. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WHAT DO YOU THINK —
>>THAT’S TRUE. DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER, GOES
RIGHT THROUGH YOU. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: SO WE’RE GOING TO FIND MET MU — METAMUCIL ON MARS
( LAUGHTER )>>SO ASTRO PHYSICALLY, IT IS
PRACTICALLY AS INTERESTING IF WE FOUND MATS OF MICROBIAL LIFE AS
IT WOULD IF IT WERE A GREEN ALIEN WITH A RAY GUN BECAUSE
IT’S LIFE SOMEWHERE OFF OF EARTH, THAT’S THE BOUNDARY WE
WOULD BE CROSSING IN OUR QUEST TO CONVERT IGNORANCE INTO
KNOWLEDGE.>>Stephen: DO YOU THINK THAT
IT WOULD UNITE HUMANITY?>>GOOD POINT. SO I DON’T KNOW FOR SURE, BUT I
CAN TELL YOU, GIVEN HOW TABLE WE HAVE ALL BEEN, ESPECIALLY IN
RECENT YEARS, WHERE WE ARE FINDING REASONS TO SEPARATE
OURSELVES AND THEN FIGHT, TO FIND LIFE SOMEWHERE ELSE MIGHT
BE THE FIRST OCCASION TO UNIFY EARTH AS A TRIBE OF ITS OWN. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, WE HAVE TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK. DON’T GO AWAY. BACK WITH MORE NEIL deGRASSE
TYSON, EVERYBODY.

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  1. So the #MeToo against Tyson were false afterall. Adjudicated means the judge has given his decision based on the evidence submitted.

  2. Nazis were obsessed with space

    Werner Van Braun stated that to form a one world government and get people as one you need a global false flag such as aliens or a asteroid strike

    Also must note A one world government is the false equivalent of Gods kingdom and once it’s formed it will be ruled by satan and the end of days will be upon us

  3. Doubtful. All the nutbags would be doing crazy things and probably start a war. Neil, I applaud you but I think even you understand that we have too many idiots in our species. We're not ready for it.

  4. Dr. GREER IN UNACKNOWLEDGED IS EXACTLY WHAT HE SAYS AND WARNS US OF THIS MAN MADE WAR AGAINST E.T's ….one world order……with fake Alien Attacks…
    And Again no impeachment Biden was Guilty you'll see!!!

  5. If you are going to accuse someone of sexual assault of something you say happened 10-30 years ago and have NO SINGLE SOLID EVIDENCE. Don't waste your time, we all know you want just want FAME and destroy a great persons reputation.

  6. No I think it should make people realize even more that we are different races on earth too and must preserve our differences in genetics.

  7. How this entire interview happened without mentioning the fact that the US military has repeatedly admitted that it's pilots are regularly encountering UFO's, and even declassified multiple videos of the craft, is beyond me. I love Neil and Stephen, but this was shockingly low-level conversation about the most interesting phenomenon on Earth/the Universe. For a more eye opening experience watch the new documentary that just came out about the US military's UFO program (AATIP) called Unidentified on Apple TV/iTunes.

  8. Bravo to Stephen to open up with the sexual allegations. I know it was hard to ask a friend this question but as a professional, it had to be addressed. Now, let's talk science.

  9. Interesting Interview….What happened to the Interview for Judge Brett Kavanaugh?!!! A FULL DEMOCRAT HYPOCRITE IN ACTION!!!!

  10. Earth's residents aren't going to unify while certain countries are blocked off from the rest of the world,
    and their governments dictate “what the world is saying about them”.
    Or while strongman dictators like Xi, Putin, and Trump can just say the word and have one country attack another.
    Can you imagine any one of those old men suddenly having a revelation and giving up their power just cause an alien was discovered?

  11. NDT: “Friends such as you Steven”
    Colbert: critical hit
    Colbert to staff: Can we find another minority articulate scientist dude for the show?

  12. I find that Neil's logic doesn't always hold up.
    Sometimes I think he just wants something to be true, and tries to find arguments to fit that,
    instead of using scientific method.

  13. NASA= Never a straight answer

    And yes government is not competent enough. That is why Reverse engineering projects are directed by major private defence contractors and are under the umbrella of SAPs (special access programs) known as USAPs (UNACKNOWLEDGED Special Access Programs). These programs have gatekeepers that control the 'need to know" list. The president of the US is a temporary government official so he will never have the clearance or privelege as a candidate for a need-to-know. He will be denied access and also lied to about any information revealing these USAP's which reverse engineer retrieved ET spacecraft that have not been made of this earth.

  14. that's an interesting idea. Diet food in the future could be regular unhealthy food, but "mirrored" so that our body can't absorb it.

  15. Alienresistance.org aliens are a huge part of endtime deception people stop their abductions by calling on the name of Jesus! Seek the Lord with a humble heart

  16. First of all People can't even handle HUMANS of different color! Second of all you got to be a different kind of dumbass to believe in a mystical being like GOD but don't believe in other kinds of life in the whole universe, people are all kinds of stupid i guess

  17. Why would finding germs on mars change anyone’s earthly perspective? We could find mars gerbils and the news cycle for that would have a 24 hour lifespan.

  18. So he learn't nothing about the value what this movement means to women and nothing about boundaries, but he did learn about important things like what his fans means to him…. This is just sad.

  19. I thought allegations ruin lives…. why hasn’t he been canceled. Ohhh that was a lie to criminalize victims, RIIIIIIGHT

  20. A very interesting statement made by Tyson. Suspicious timing in that Tom Delong recently wrote something similar in a Tweet…a uniting of all the world’s people’s to bring about one voice for all. This would presumably happen when the extraterrestrials were officially recognized

  21. Humans have learned that they are not alone in the universe countless times, namely one tribe or polity learning of another by transcending some environmental blockade. And learning of new life has not unified countries; ask 16th century Europeans.

  22. I was not aware about those accusations…. so I look it up. Apparently he said he wanted to hug someone, and this was tremendously unconfortable for this woman… People, why.

  23. I hope that Colbert remark about getting a word in was in a reference to his Rogan podcast where he constantly interjected

  24. i was a fan but this guy is full of himself and is unable to have a conversation without dominating the conversation and cutting off the host so fuck you Neil deGrasse Tyson

  25. also you pod cast is cringy AF you dont need a comedian to constantly ruin the narrative and flow of an idea with really lame terrible "jokes" stooooop

  26. Extremely optimistic, but unrealistic.OH, I believe the odds are very good that there will be very simple, bacteria-like life on Mars, but there is no way such an announcement will unite people on earth. If Earth was being attacked by aliens, that would unite us. But if it is just bacteria, life here would go on pretty much unchanged.

  27. All the first world civilizations now knowing that we found a single celled bacteria living on the moon of Europa wont do shit to stop Israelis and Palestinians fighting. It wont stop China from killing and it's own citizens and fixing it's elections… and it definitely wont stop Trump from breaking every law, every day, and rolling back environmental policies. It wont be the catalyst for solar power and it wont stop the crusade of the remaining Kock brother. Gimme a f*cking break. Humans are awful creatures and the worst of the rise to positions of power. 90% of the world already is united in thinking the systems that govern them are corrupt sh*t shows that hold their face to the ground, and unfortunately now that technology has gotten to a certain point, any sort of revolution by the majority will end with bombs over their head before they could think of forming up.

  28. This interview was heartbreaking. I was so ready to forgive Neil deGrasse Tyson and move on, but he gave such a cop-out answer. Taking a little responsibility for the fact that he obviously made some (not totally heinous) mistakes would've been nice.

  29. Sorry Neil, but finding life off of Earth will only further divide our species. There will be those who will feel threatened by it and want it destroyed; those who want to market it; those who want to revere it; those who will love it to death… Everyone will want a piece of it for their own purposes.

  30. I refused to watch this interview because NDT has lost me after the sexual harassment charges/his tone deaf response. Then a very credible rape allegation against him with no consequences. Now he's promoting his book on Ben (I'm somehow a Jew and a Nazi) Shapiro's show. Fuck him and maybe don't book his tarnished ass again without asking some real questions. #gross

  31. This is nuts neil, did nothing wrong, hes a good man, hes one of very few African-American astrophysicist, stop making up crap about him he's a good man he didn't do anything wrong!!!

  32. OMG all my training in science has FINALLY made me feel superior to everyone else when he mentioned "chirality" in molecules 🙂

  33. Glad Stephen didn’t hold back, and asked the hard questions. He’s really an unbiased journalist and reporter, wanting to bring the truth to his audience – regardless of who he’s interviewing. Good job Stephen.

  34. please, its very important that you read : the allies of humanity briefings. its available online for free in many languages.

  35. He is a actor a scientist of nothing or should I say science fiction.. and a alleged rapist stay away from him extraterrestrial women

  36. So what did you learn about being falsely accused of sexual misconduct by three different women? I learned that there's no repercussion for people making false accusations that you can pretty much ruin anyone's career just by making an accusation…But hey that didn't happen to me so let's just say I'm grateful that people stood up for me and I didn't lose everything.

  37. he is saying mars is opasit of earth. what is here is not there whats good is bad .whats left is right . no / yes . he is say without saying . there is not life on mars . flippity flop

  38. saying that we are not prepared to know if there are alien life out there, is the same logic if someone thinks they can't tell you the truth about something because you can not handle it, simple fact is, it is not up to them to decide, it is up to each individual to accept it or not.

  39. In both body and in mind we are 13 billion years of evolving Truth shared across time by Life that Lived AND Died FOR the future of this evolving creation protecting the future from the failure of predators, disease and ignorance. Then we invented WORDS and trained babies to enforce lies at gun point.

  40. Who gives a fuck about what whether the women are satisfied! They tried to ruin a great man’s career with their baseless accusations. There were 3 investigations. Due process was done. Jesus!!!

  41. It's sad Colbert is basically forced to bring up something that he was exonerated from. He's on there to talk about science. We're supposed to withhold judgment until all the evidence is out and the evidence is out and it showed nothing serious. So why perpetuate it?

  42. a mars probe drops microbes into the frozen water then life grows on mars now we say there is life on mars. NASA, seems like SNAKE OIL SALESMEN.

  43. All the technology created by mankind has done little to cause nationwide unity. In fact we are probably on a major course direction of a "Black Swan"
    event.

  44. Please let's build TMT. TMT is a game changer for universal exploration. Stop the Illegal occupation of the access road. TMT is designed to find life on other planets.

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