Tuesday, March 26, 2013

9 year old explains the universe. I suggest that people take notes.

This 9 year old is light years ahead of many grownups on this planet and has the kind of rational thinking skills that often do not develop until well into a persons late teens.

I am of two minds while watching this:

First why is it so hard for adults to fathom the simplicity of his explanation?

And second how soon can we send this kid to Congress? Because this is exactly the kind of intelligence that we desperately need to run our country.

Damn I wish when I was nine years old and questioning the universe, and my place in it, that I had met this kid. It would have saved me years of lonely research and solitary quests for knowledge.



  1. It looks like this kid will have parental support… good.

    I also hope he finds a buddy of similar interests and they aren’t pulled apart.

  2. Anonymous5:25 AM

    This should be shared on everyone's Facebook. I DID!

    Thanks, Gryph!

  3. I shared this on Twitter!

  4. Gryph, my apologies for the OT, but the pond linked to this and, well, ouch!

    "Sarah Palin transforms conservatism into communism"


  5. SHARON7:03 AM

    That is one lucky kid having parents that promote critical thinking! He is obviously above average in intelligence, but his comprehension of what he has learned is amazing. Believing in himself but questioning everything and open to new answers...simply beautiful.

  6. fromthediagonal7:18 AM

    Oh yes, this young man is a brainiard and I compliment his upbringing and encouragement.
    I just showed this to my nine year young grandson who is visiting.
    He looked at this just now and nodded rather sagely in agreement... cool!

    I think that kids "get it" unless they are taught otherwise...

  7. Anonymous7:19 AM

    He is obviously very bright and it looks like his parents allow him the time to wonder and to think about things. So many children today are over scheduled. Parents seem to feel that they are neglecting their children when they don't have an activity planned. If the children have any spare time it's taken up with video games. I liked seeing the boy watch the ant and speculate about it. A lot better use of his time than shooting at blobs on a tiny screen that will keep reappearing endlessly.

  8. This younger person of body is older of knowledge.
    Listening, I think we have here an example of the connected, open, discriminative mind that Alan Watts may have hoped for, were it the case that the principles of his book, "The Book" be used as a standard model of child rearing.
    Watt's presented the 'Advaita Vedanta' well, as does this boy.

  9. physicsmom8:33 AM

    This child is amazing and his parents did an exceptional job of allowing him to question the world around him. Clearly he is especially bright (I'd love to know his IQ) but this kind of critical thinking takes nurturing. Bravo family!

  10. Anonymous2:17 PM

    Are these childhood videos of Sam Harris?

  11. Anita Winecooler5:33 PM

    What a brilliant mind! His parents and teachers are to be commended!

  12. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Creationist stakes $10,000 on contest between Bible and evolution

    Creator of Literal Genesis Trial believes people who argue in favor of evolution are at a scientific disadvantage



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