What I Wish Someone Would Say to All Peace Talks Representatives

“When you know how large the universe is and how small we are within it — what Earth looks like from space, how tiny it is in a cosmic void — it’s impossible for you to say, ‘I so don’t like how you think that I’m going to kill you for it.’  You will never find scientists leading armies into battle.  You just won’t.  Especially not astrophysicists—we see the biggest picture there is.  We understand how small we are in the cosmos.  We understand how fragile and temporary our existence is here on Earth.  We understand there are bigger problems we need to solve as a species than what God you pray to.

Any time scientists disagree, it’s because we have insufficient data.  Then we can agree on what kind of data to get;  we get the data;  and the data solves the problem.  Either I’m right or you’re right or we’re both wrong.  And we move on.  That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion.  It does not exist in so much of what we do as human beings on this Earth, that it’s almost tragic”, Neil de Grasse Tyson.

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12 thoughts on “What I Wish Someone Would Say to All Peace Talks Representatives”

  1. Thank you for posting this Mike. It has been some time since I have read these words of Carl Sagan. I wonder sometimes what the tipping point is and if we humans will stop before we get to that point. We do not seem to learn from previous generations’ mistakes.

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