“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.
For all New Zealand shows please find link here.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
When: Doors 6:00PM, Show 7:00PM Saturday 15th July
When: Doors 6:00PM, Show 7:00PM Saturday 22nd July
Where: Southbank Piazza
When: Doors 6:00PM, Show 7:00PM Sunday 23rd July
When: Doors 6:00PM, Show 7:00PM Saturday 29th July
Books available for purchase below.
Order these books today and receive them at the venue on the night. Please head to the box office at the venue for collection.