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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Kinship w/ Cosmos (8 mins)

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Uploaded on May 19, 2010

Neil deGrasse Tyson's extemporaneous "testimonial" delivered at the 2006 Beyond Belief conference. This version is the longest (8 mins) and with the most added visuals. Contains one of the clips used in Symphony of Science "We Are All Connected." Extraordinary example of how a worldview grounded in mainstream science can be exhilarating and evoke "religious" feelings of belongingness to the Cosmos. This is the version that Michael Dowd uses in his long programs on science and the sacred. The extra segments are at the end: (1) Neil challenging that scientific study of his own brain while contemplating the cosmos might light up the same circuits as those active in the brains of religious people having a spiritual experience., and (2) Neil reminding listeners that it was the public that rose up and demanded the Hubble Space Telescope be maintained beyond its planned termination.

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