Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one percent difference in DNA. It has to, ’cause that’s the difference. The Hubble telescope, these grand… that’s in that one percent.

Maybe… everything that we are that is not the chimp is not as smart compared to the chimp as we tell ourselves it is.

Maybe the difference between constructing and launching a Hubble telescope, and a chimp combining two finger motions as sign language – maybe that difference is not all that great. We tell ourselves it is.

Just the same way we label our books optical illusions. We tell ourselves it’s a lot. Maybe it’s almost nothing. How would we decide that?

Imagine another life form that’s one percent different from us.

In the direction that we are different from the chimp.

Think about that.

We have one percent difference and we’re building the Hubble telescope. Go another one percent.

What are we to they? We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence. That’s what we would be.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Animation by PersonifciationOfMe


  1. Bro Tyson do you believe in God and if not how did all this come into being. I’m not one of those who thinks the Lord did this in 6 days as we know them. The Word says a day is like a thousand yrs & a thousand yrs is like a day, this is letting me know that God is in control of time so that could be a million or billions of yrs you dig. Like in Proverb it say first lets get an understanding, time is relative and we can go from there.


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