“A fascinatingly disturbing thought” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

“A fascinatingly disturbing thought” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s disturbing thought: That there is about a one percent difference between human DNA and the DNA of our nearest genetic relatives the chimpanzee. You could say that whatever it is that makes us human is somehow contained in that one percent difference. Think of what those differences are: simple tools vs. rockets, gestured “language” vs. poetry and the language of mathematics.

So imagine if we encountered a life form that is one percent “more advanced” than humans, in the same way that humans are one percent more advanced than chimpanzees. Imagine what that might look like–keeping in mind how we treat those one percent “inferior” to us.

It’s a “fascinatingly disturbing thought.”

Do view the video below…It’s Neil deGrasse Tyson at his best.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – A fascinatingly disturbing thought – YouTube.

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