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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson poses for the cover of Popular Science

Following our September cover story featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson as our guide for “How To Be An Expert In Anything”, Popular Science sat down with Tyson for breakfast at the 21 Club in New York on Friday morning.

Beforehand, we had asked all of you to share your questions for Tyson on Twitter using #AskPopSci. As usual, Tyson charmed us with his thoughts on everything from scientology to STEM education. Here we’re sharing a few of our favorite moments. You can also watch the entire event on Periscope.

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At breakfast with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson kicked off breakfast with some thoughts on inspiring people to learn science.

He discussed some of the hottest topics in science today, including why it’s important to fund science exploration…

… but why it’s imperative to look after our own planet too. (He also threw some shade at SpaceX founder Elon Musk.)

Tyson talked about the science that baffles him (and he wasn’t the only one who felt that way) …

… while reminding us that science, at its core, is a step-wise process of feeling more and more baffled.

In the same vein, he talked about why scientists need room to be wrong.

Tyson discussed the necessity of bringing STEM to the forefront of society…

… as well as the necessity of bringing women to the forefront of STEM.

In response to a question about future technologies for space exploration, he wasn’t afraid to dream big.

Lastly, Tyson made us smile with this confession: