Exploded Sundries
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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.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

(via magnius159)

(via thealogian)

everything i know about objectivism i learned from that insufferably awful person who posted all the time in the SERIOUS BUSINESS forum on mspaf

Which one?  BUH DUM TISH

No but seriously that’s pretty much all you need to know.  The general philosophy is every bit as ridiculous as that person’s views.

Anonymous asked: What do you think you'll remember about the present five years in the future?

Em, my job, my family’s various dramas.

Anonymous asked: What kind of advice would you give a baby?

Stop being an idiot.  The…  the baby.  Not you.

Also Vonnegut’s advice, I guess.

Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

Anonymous asked: Is it possible for sundries to be singular?

Within the mutable bounds of a living language, sure!  Conventionally, though, not really.  You’d probably get funny looks if you weren’t talking to someone who knew that you were breaking convention on purpose.

Anonymous asked: Is there a philosophy that makes you laugh?

Objectivism, every time.  Tell me you’re an objectivist and I’ll laugh at you.

Anonymous asked: What process should be used when naming pets?

Free association reinforced by laughter.

okay now i can finally sleep

i’m caught up on tumblr

except for those asks


see you in the morning, asks