That’s a Wrap!
In July 2017, Australian and New Zealand audiences welcomed the return of author, science communicator, internet meme and your personal astrophysicist, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson.
This year, we saw an unwavering trend of space themed attire worn by our attendees; an awe-inspiring gust of signed books sold in seconds; and an event invitation welcoming thousands of not just locals, but interstate and international attendees flying in to lavish in Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective with us.
From extraterrestrial engagement to artificial intelligence, from the googolplex to the government’s responsibility in nurturing scientific interest, and from navigating the age of ‘post-truth’ to navigating the status of Pluto…these in-depth discussions together with Dr Tyson and special guests hosts’ humour and charm, made the future in science and discovery, more fascinating and approachable.
In every venue that Dr Tyson toured across Australia and New Zealand, the atmosphere was filled to the brim with excitement and curiosity. Whilst this is arguably our biggest tour yet and is certainly an achievement for us at Think Inc., the real triumph is not in the quantity of tickets sold or seats filled, but the quality of engagement from all of you fine Thinkers. If you are among the many who were present at our first tour of Dr Tyson back in 2015, we would like to extend an extra “Thank You!” for continuing to support us and our mission for such a long time. Veterans and newcomers alike – we will never stop doing our part to cultivate a culture of critical thinking and scientific curiosity, but none of this would be possible without you. Thank you!
Appraisal for Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective:
‘Coming here made me feel less lonely – knowing there are others in the world who think about these things. It makes me feel alive to meet and listen to people who question life, we don’t have to know the answers, but it’s important to be curious. This stuff drives me’
‘I loved listening to the children’s questions. I think it’s important to get a glimpse of our future. It was inspiring to see young people in the room, and hearing what was important to them’
‘He (Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson) makes me realise how I am a part of everything out there, and everything out there is a part of us’
– Young people experiencing homelessness at Youth Projects
“The most dangerous people in a free society are those who don’t know… It’s okay to not know. But if you don’t know, but think you do know … that is dangerous. Those are the signs of the end of an informed democracy.”
In July 2017, Think Inc. brings to Australia and New Zealand the return tour of “your personal astrophysicist” Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson in A Cosmic Perspective.
Beloved as an author, scientist, internet meme, and enthusiastic science communicator through his public persona, his StarTalk podcast and his hosting of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014), Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson is at the forefront of an ongoing movement to produce a society that counters ignorance and promotes scientific curiosity and literacy, critical thinking, and rational approaches to ensure our smooth transitions into a civilised future.
As the universe would have it, many concerns – both terrestrial and extraterrestrial – have emerged within the last two years since NDT last graced our shores. In 2015, we delved into scientific literacy to spaghettification, from gravity to God, and from the climate status of planet to the ‘planet’ status of Pluto, just to name a few. In 2017, the discussion will open up to a quiver of new queries: Are we likely to encounter alien life, and will they be protected by the same ethical codes we apply to each other? In the era of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative fact’, how have the roles of religion, political dogma and general scientific illiteracy fuelled the war on science and reason in western societies? Are we witnessing another Space Race for exploration, and who do we want (or need) to lead this? Should we be concerned about the rapid sophistication of artificial intelligence, and does it threaten us with extinction? Or can we bypass this possible doom that looms close on the horizon?
The team at Think Inc. can barely contain their excitement at the return of the 21st century’s most recognisable and beloved champion of science and critical thought, and invite the Australian and New Zealand public to share in this excitement in July 2017 with Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective: a three-part event that incorporates a personal presentation by Dr Tyson himself, a fire-side chat with a local media personality, and a half-hour audience Q&A. After the show, a 45-minute meet-and-greet will be open to a maximum of 100 special ticket holders.
Books available for purchase below.
Order these books today and receive them at the venue on the night. Please head to the merchandise stand at the venue for collection.