Neil deGrasse Tyson! Over Here!

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks for help on Facebook:

I hardly ever ask questions on this wall, but I feel compelled: Tuesday I’ll be at the White House. If you had one sentence for the President, what would it be?

My response was:

Mr. President, let’s amp up U.S. science education by devoting ourselves as a nation to an Apollo-type program in medicine: Launch “ABCD by 2023” to discover even more effective treatments – or cures! – for Alzheimer’s, Birth defects, Cancer, and Diabetes.

Such a visionary national project would appeal, for obvious reasons, to seniors, parents, children, and anybody who has ever lost a loved one, or feared losing a loved one, to any of these killers of body and mind.

Not only would it save millions of our loved ones …

It would give education a shot in the arm. It would provide huge numbers of jobs. It would get America investing in itself again through advanced research. It would underscore the value of attracting and retaining bright young minds from all over the planet. And it would provide the major spin-off of a fantastic body of new knowledge.

So yes, Neil, tell him THIS.

  • Marta L.

    I was going to chastise you, saying that Dr. Tyson had asked for a question. Only, on rereading, I saw that he hadn’t. And that was the honest-to-goodness only criticism I could think of.

    Seriously. This is an awesome sentence.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden


    My sentence would be better crafted, but the idea is this:

    Stop killing American citizens without due process and hold US agencies accountable for committing war crimes: the Gov’t killing citizens at the whim of the president does not make citizens safer (duh!) while war crimes only make our enemies multiple faster than we can kill them.

    I know that NdGT is a science educator, but no matter what a person’s field, I can’t think of a more important sentence than, “Stop killing us!”

  • KLF

    Mine is: Thank you for believing in science, unlike so many other politicians.

  • Carl

    you could add E for epilepsy

    • Aliasalpha

      How about this for an F; Fucking-Moronic-Creationists?

      Yes its a tautology but it fits F and REALLY needs curing

  • Tyrant of Skepsis

    “Tell us the truth about the UFOs already!!!”