Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson explain the meaning of life to a curious 6-year-old


At an event last night at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answered the question that’s on everybody’s mind: What is the meaning of life?

By Scott Kaufman|Raw Story

A “six-and-three-quarter”-year-old boy named Jackson asked the Cosmos host the question and the crowd erupted in laughter. “You’re on the spot now, Neil!” yelled one audience member.

“If you’re asking those questions now,” Tyson replied, “you’re going to be the deepest thinking adult there ever was.”

“So — what is the meaning of life? I think people ask that question on the assumption that ‘meaning’ is something you can look for and go, ‘Here it is, I found it. Here’s the meaning. I’ve been looking for.’”

That scenario, however, “doesn’t consider the possibility that ‘meaning’ is something you create,” Tyson said. “You manufacture it for yourself and for others. So when I think of ‘meaning’ in life, I ask, ‘Did I learn something today that I didn’t know yesterday, bringing me a little closer to knowing all that can be known in the universe?’”

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