Neil Armstrong's Inspiring Defense of Being a Nerd

This speech will make you proud to appreciate the true finer things in life: string theory, the future of the mind, all things "Cosmos," and the like. Neil Armstrong may have immortalized the words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But he may have outdone himself with this speech that honors the "nerds"--the insatiably curious and adventurous thinkers and doers out there.


Listen to his powerful defense of engineers, which can also serve as inspiration for "nerds" of all kinds: 

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