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neiltysonoriginsa-fullsizeCheers, laughs, heckling — drunken heckling. That’s right, it’s a science lecture.

Deep in The Bell House, near Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, the Secret Science Club meets. By “secret” and “club” they mean that several hundred people paid the cover and packed the converted warehouse to hear Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Pluto neé The Ninth Planet, now first among equals in the Kuiper Belt.

With so many scientists and technophiles in the audience it was entirely predictable that the computer and projector wouldn’t talk to each other for the first few minutes. It was also a given that during the Q&A people would ask for validation of crackpot theories of cosmology, or if the world will end in 2012. Everything else was unlike anything I’ve seen before.

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Via The Bad Astronomer, my picture was on gawker.com! Well, kinda. It’s of the crowd at a recent reading by Neil deGrasse Tyson; I’m just to the left of the central pillar, in case it isn’t blindingly obvious to everyone…

The actual article is either typical pro-stupid drivel or brilliant satire. Given the source I have a theory about which is correct. I’ll also have more to say about the reading, which was incredibly entertaining, in a day or so.

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