Neil deGrasse TysonTeaches Scientific Thinking and Communication

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Teaches Scientific Thinking and Communication
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13 Lessons

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches you how to wire your brain for inquiry, overcome biases, and connect with any audience.


A downloadable workbook with tips on how to think objectively about science and communicate your findings effectively.


Learn on your own terms, at your own pace on mobile, desktop, or Apple TV.

Lesson Plan

  • 01

    What You Know Is Not as Important as How You Think

    Meet your new instructor: world-renowned astrophysicist, Emmy-nominated host, author, and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil welcomes you and discusses the importance of scientific thinking and communication.

  • 02

    The Frontier of Science

    The frontier of science is a messy place. Neil takes you through the process of understanding the frontier’s landscape and explains the roles of hypothesis and theory in determining objective truths.

  • 03

    The Scientific Method

    When we use the scientific method in the quest for objective truths, nature is the judge and jury. Neil shares some remarkable astrophysical examples of how this method plays out in real life and in our vast universe.

  • 04

    Be a Skeptic: Ask Questions

    Asking questions is a tried-and-true component of scientific thinking. Neil talks about the processes behind informed skepticism as well as how to evaluate incoming scientific data.

  • 05

    Cognitive Bias

    If you are human, then you are susceptible to cognitive bias. Neil defines some of the most common cognitive biases and reveals how our need to feel special may be getting in the way of our search for objective truths.

  • 06

    Beware of Cultural Bias

    Cultural biases and assumptions affect how we treat one another, but they may be harder to spot than we think. Neil provides examples of conscious and unconscious cultural biases and explains how to avoid them.

  • 07

    Our Systems of Belief

    Every personal system of belief contains identifiable biases that impact the ability to think scientifically. Neil talks about two of these biases and how inner beliefs can have a significant societal and scientific impact.

  • 08

    Scientific Measurement: Calculating the Incalculable

    Neil explores one of his favorite subjects: scientific measurement. He distinguishes precision from accuracy and offers examples to illuminate the approximations that are inherent in any measurement.

  • 09

    Communication: It’s Not Enough to Be Right

    Communicating objective truths convincingly is just as important as using methods of scientific thinking to find them. Neil shares his personal reason for this belief and some of his favorite tools of communication.

  • 10

    Preparing for Your Audience

    To properly prepare for an audience, you need to get detailed information about whom you’re speaking to. Neil discusses how to consider demographics and how that influences his message.

  • 11

    Communication Tactics

    Knowing what drives your audience can set you up for communication success. Neil reviews some of the key “tool belt items” he uses when speaking to groups.

  • 12

    Inspire Curiosity in Your Audience

    Stoking curiosity is an essential component of effective communication. Neil demonstrates how to make the strategic delivery of information a powerful tool in your communication arsenal.

  • 13

    The Future of Our World

    Neil has never shared how he prepares for public engagements—until now. He reveals the rigorous preparation he undertook for an appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

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