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"Well at least I didn't declassify Pluto from planet status!"
Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), Stargate Atlantis

"Parents — here’s what I don’t want to do with your one year old. One day, she’ll pull all the pots and pans out of the cabinet and start banging on them. Don’t tell her not to do that. See, that’s an experiment in acoustics! Yes she’s making a racket, yes, she’s getting the pots dirty, but it’s a small price to pay for her to hear what a wooden spoon sounds like versus a metal spoon, or a copper pot versus a steel pot. And besides, you’re not going to have kids if you don’t want a messy house."

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"Parental desire for control and order is almost always at odds with the natural desire of children to explore. “When your kid goes into the fridge and pulls out an egg, the first thing you say is don’t do that, it might break!” he continued. “I say, no, let that one play out. Of course the egg is going to break on the floor! But your kid will learn something about brittleness — that something can be hard but not strong. And he’ll learn what’s inside an egg, and then you can say, whoa, that was almost a chicken! That’ll blow the mind of your kid. What does an egg cost you, 20 cents? I know you don’t want to waste food, but 20 cents — that’s a cheap price for an education."
Neil deGrasse Tyson


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