Saying that “everything happens for a reason” is very different that knowing that everything has a reason for happening.
You can be a scientist without bringing your work home, but Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks (as do many science communicators) that we could better understand the world around us if we looked closer at the statistics behind it.
Like my chat with Dr. Tyson about his new science talk show and why Kirk is a better captain than Picard, in the video above I ask him what aspect of science he uses everyday. In short, it’s understanding probabilities and randomness. With so many events happening in the world — think of the millions of little decisions and interactions you make everyday — the odd day is the day nothing odd happens to you. Dr. Tyson explains why that’s important to realize above.