Science popularizer and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is sick of hearing about people being “left-brained” or “right-brained.” He said such categorizations are a convenient way for people to avoid thinking.
“I’m disappointed with some aspects of civilization,” Tyson said in a recent interview with FastCompany. “One is our unending urge to bypass subtlety of character, thought, and expression and just categorize people — you’re this or you’re that. Do you realize what that does? It minimize how much thought you have to put into it. It’s intellectually lazy… If you want to understand who and what a person is, have a conversation with him.”
The one label he is willing to accept? Scientist.
“I’m a scientist. It says a lot about how my brains is wired, how I think, my curiosity, my wonder… I’m ‘brained.’ Not right brained or left brained. I have a brain.
“When I want to judge what it is I can accomplish, I look to, ‘What have human beings accomplished?’ That’s what I use as my reference for what I’m capable of as a human being. Don’t call me left brain, right brain. Call me human.”