You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. ~ Woodrow Wilson

Quotes 

  • Astronomers say with confidence, every time a star is born, planet formation is a necessary by product. So if there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world, the number of planets would be infinite. 
  • Why does one come to the opinion that the Bible, literally understood, is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Usually because one’s elders, or an impressively large group of ones peers, have this opinion. But this is to go along with the Bandar-log, or monkey tribe, in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books, who periodically get together and shout, "We all say so, so it must be true!"
  • The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.
  • I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. ~ Stephen Hawking
  • All I've learned about humanity, society, psychology, physics, chemistry, and the universe increasingly points in the direction that human beings and their self-awareness cannot just be an accident of species development. It is highly unlikely that humans just evolved onto the scene. While it's disappointing to see the Church twist the idea of "intelligent design" into its own self-serving construct, the idea that humans were "planted" into a laboratory vial called Earth is very plausible, especially when you consider that this is exactly what humans do to countless species here on Earth.
  • We know now that stars are orbited by an entourage of planets just as our sun is. We have learned this in just a few decades, essentially. Within 10 or 20 years we will be able to image other planets like the earth, orbiting other stars. ~ Astronomer, Lord Martin Rees
    COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

  • In 2001, Stephen Hawking predicted that the human race would become extinct within the next thousand years, unless colonies could be established in space. Humanity faces numerous existential risks, such as war, disease, and climate change. Even if these threats are averted, the Sun will eventually become so hot that the Earth will become uninhabitable. It has been suggested that approximately 800 million years from now, the Earth will cease to be able sustain multi-cellular life.
  • Astronomers are now able to detect planets orbiting stars other than the Sun where life may exist, and living generations could see the signatures of extra-terrestrial life being detected. Should it turn out that we are not alone in the Universe, it will fundamentally affect how humanity understands itself - and we need to be prepared for the consequences. ~ The Royal Society
  • All of nature is a resurrection. ~ Dr. Brian Weiss
  • Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. ~ Albert Einstein
  • On a clear night, you can actually get a glimpse of the Andromeda Galaxy, if you have a telescope or powerful binoculars you would actually see the spiral of the galaxy. If you see it, you are looking 2,538,000 light years into space. A light year is not time, it is distance. One light year is equivalent to 6 trillion miles, so multiply 2,538,000 x 6,000,000,000,000 and that is how far you are looking into space. We see stars and galaxies as tiny dots in space because of their intense luminosity and gigantism. The Andromeda Galaxy or M31 has been estimated to be 220,000 light years across. Our Galaxy, The Milky Way, is about 100,000 light years across or 600 trillion miles across. This is what is known as the "observable universe" which is the 4-5% that astronomers have been able to study via powerful telescopes, launched into space, such as Hubble, Spitzer, Fermi Gamma-Ray, and Kepler, the planet hunter.
  • All the stars you see after the Sun has set, are also Suns. They are immense globes of incandescent gas, so far away they look like tiny pin-pricks of light to us here on Earth. If there is other life in the universe, they see our Sun as just a tiny star, twinkling in their night sky. The nearest star to the Sun is 4.3 light years away, or (4.3 multiplied by 6 trillion miles) called Proxima Centauri. You can actually see this star with the naked eye. According to NASA data, there are 45 stars within 17 light years of the Sun. There are thought to be as many as 200 billion stars in our galaxy. And that's in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. Our galaxy is part of a local group of 30 other galaxies.
  • Christianity, along with all other theistic belief systems, is the fraud of the age. It serves to detach the species from the natural world, and likewise each other. It supports blind submission to authority. It reduces human responsibility to the effect that God controls everything, and in turn, awful crimes can be justified in the name of divine intelligence. And most importantly, it empowers those who know the truth but use the myth to manipulate and control societies. The religious myth is the most powerful device ever created, and serves as the psychological soil upon which other myths can flourish. ~ Zeitgeist
  • Productive scientist are not getting their science out of the bible. Galileo noted 400 years ago, after careful study of the bible and after careful study of the universe, the bible tells you how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.
  • If we succumb to the temptation of using violence in our struggle for justice, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate life of bitterness, and our chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos." "There is still a voice crying into the vista of time saying to every potential Peter, put up your sword. History is replete with the bleached bones of nations and communities that failed to follow this command. ~ MLK
  • We have been mislead away from the true and divine presence in the universe that men have called God. I don't know what God is, but I know what he isn't. Unless and until you are prepared to look at the whole truth, where ever it may go, who ever it may lead to, if you want to look the other way, or if you want to play favorites, then somewhere along the line you will find that you're messing with divine justice. The more you educate yourself, the more you understand where things come from, the more obvious things become, and you begin to see lies everywhere. ~ Jordan Maxwell
  • The hope for life after death must be separated forever from the behavior-control mentality of reward and punishment. The church must abandon, therefore, its reliance on guilt as a motivator of behavior.
  • The "Paleocontact Hypothesis" suggest that deities from most, if not all religions, were intelligent extraterrestrials. These advanced beings played an influential role in past human affairs. They introduced advanced technical knowledge across the galaxies and assisted humans in building large structures, unique devices, and passed on scientific facts, not yet discovered by primitive man. Their influence, coupled with a celestial and highly evolved consciousness, were mistaken by our archaic ancestors. Their actions were glorified, praised, and hidden, rather than studied. Those few who knew better, instead of proliferating the truth, chose to manipulate the masses via holy books and religion.
  • You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.  ~ Eckhart Tolle

Quantum physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory. Quantum theory evolved as a new branch of theoretical physics during the first few decades of the 20th century in order to understand the fundamental properties of matter.

There are five main ideas represented in Quantum Theory:

  1. Energy is not continuous, but comes in small but discrete units.

  2. The elementary particles behave both like particles and like waves.

  3. The movement of these particles is inherently random.

  4. It is physically impossible to know both the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time. The more precisely one is known, the less precise the measurement of the other is.

  5. The atomic world is nothing like the world we live in.

This may seem like just another strange theory, but it contains many clues as to the fundamental nature of the universe and is more important than even relativity in the grand scheme of things. Furthermore, it describes the nature of the universe as being much different than the world we see. 







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TASKE QUOTES
  • Be careful how you treat people. If you're a racist and hate another person because of his nationality, or homophobic, and dislike someone based on his sexual preference, karmic forces could very well force your energy into an existence as that which you previously despised (and it's really YOU dictating the direction your energy flows upon your earthly demise). What better way to learn; to evolve, than from a contrasting perspective or paradigm?

  • America is one of the most morally corrupt nations in the history of humankind, but most people cannot see this primarily because they typically base their moral behavior on what's written in a 2000-year-old book. Some of the guidelines in this book are not bad, but because the overall message of the book and our society in general, is so obtuse, when it comes to moral civility, most people don't know their collective asses from holes in the ground.

  • I'm baffled by the depth to which a person can be certain of something that is objectively false. I'm stunned by this. When encountering a person whose spiritual judgment has been warped by years of religious conditioning, suggest a brief study of the cosmos and the reality that surrounds him.
Stephen Hawking

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and Arrows of Time,” of the big bang and a bigger God where the possibilities are wondrously unexpected. Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation. 
One of the world's leading scientists makes the claim in a new television documentary series, beginning on the Discovery Channel next month.

Hawking says that in a universe with 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, it is unlikely that earth is the only place where life has evolved.

"To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he said, according to The Sunday Times. "The real challenge is working out what aliens might actually be like."

Hawking says that they could be microbes – basic animals such as worms which have been on Earth for millions of years, but suggests that extraterrestrial life could develop much further.

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," Hawking said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach."

The scientist, who is paralyzed by motor neuron disease, warned that contact with alien life could spell disaster for the human race.

"If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be  much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the American Indians."

There used to be a project called SETI, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. It involved scanning the radio frequencies, to see if we could pick up signals from alien civilizations. I thought this project was worth supporting, though it was cancelled due to a lack of funds. But we should have been wary of answering back, until we have develop a bit further. Meeting a more advanced civilization, at our present stage, might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don't think they were better off for it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future. 
The closest genetic relative to the Human Being is the chimpanzee. We share 99 percent, identical DNA. We are smarter than a chimpanzee.

Hypothetically, lets invent a measure of intelligence that make humans unique. Intelligence would be the ability to compose poetry, symphonies, art, math, and science, and this would be the arbitrary definition of intelligence, because chimps can't do any of that. But we share 99% identical DNA. The most brilliant chimp ever, could possible do some sign language, but so can our toddlers.

The fascinatingly disturbing thought is, everything that we are that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one percent difference in DNA. It has to, because that's the difference. The Hubble Telescope, and all great human inventions are in that one percent. Everything that we are, that is not the chimp, is not as smart compared to the chimp, as we tell ourselves it is. The difference between constructing and launching the Hubble Telescope, and a chimp combining two finger motions as sign language, maybe that difference is not all that great. We tell ourselves it is, but maybe it's almost nothing.

How would we decide that? Imagine another life form that is one percent different from us, in the direction that we are different from the chimp. Think about that. We have a one percent difference and we're building the Hubble telescope. Go another one percent, and ask the questions, what are we to them? We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence. They would take Stephen Hawking and roll him in front of their primate researchers and say, "this one is the most brilliant among them because he can do astrophysics in his head." "Oh isn't that cute, little Johnny can do that too, it's on the refrigerator, he did it in his elementary school class."

Think about how smart they would be. Quantitative mechanics would be intuitive to their toddlers. Entire symphonies would be written by their children, and placed on the refrigerator door, the way our pasta collages are on our refrigerator doors.

The notion that we're going to find intelligent life, and have a conversation with it, is humorous. When was the last time you stopped to have a conversation with a worm, or a bird? We don't have conversations with other species on earth, with whom we have DNA in common, to believe that some intelligent other species is going to be interested in us, enough to have a conversation, is absurd.

Are we as a species simply too stupid to figure out the universe we are investigating? There could very well be a species, one percent smarter than we are, for which String Theory (theory of everything - TOE - self contained mathematical model that describes all fundamental forces and forms of matter) is intuitive; for which all the greatest mysteries of the universe, from dark matter, dark energy, origins of life, and all the frontiers of our thought, would be something that this intelligent species could just self-intuit.

Earth becoming invisible to aliens
by Martin Evans, "The Telegraph"

Dr. Frank Drake said the phasing out of analogue transmissions from television, radio and radar was making our planet electronically invisible from outer space.

While old style signals used to spread out millions of miles into outer space, even reaching some distant stars, digital transmissions are much weaker and therefore are less easy to detect by extra-terrestrial life forms.

Scientists on earth are constantly monitoring the heavens for any sign of transmissions from other planets and it is assumed other life forms out there will be doing the same. But Dr Drake, who founded the US based organization Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), 50-years ago, said the phasing out of analogue transmissions was making this virtually impossible.

Dr. Drake stated, "the earth used to be surrounded by a 50 light year wide shell of radiation, with old-style television transmissions generating around one million watts." "With satellites aiming much of their transmissions towards earth now virtually no radiation was escaping into outer space."

He explained: "Now the actual amount of radiation escaping is about two watts, not much more than you get from a cell phone. If this continues into the future, very soon our world will become undetectable."

Dr. Drake said he remained convinced that intelligent life does exist somewhere in the universe but suggested it was likely to be much more advanced than here on earth.

He told a meeting at the Royal Society in London: "We're going to have to search many more stars and many more frequencies."

Extraterrestrial Life
from Wikipedia

Alien life, such as bacteria, has been hypothesized to exist in the Solar System and throughout the universe. This hypothesis relies on the vast size and consistent physical laws of the observable universe. According to this argument, made by scientists such as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, it would be improbable for life not to exist somewhere other than Earth. This argument is embodied in the Copernican principle, which states that the Earth does not occupy a unique position in the Universe, and the mediocrity principle, which holds that there is nothing special about life on Earth.

Life may have emerged independently at many places throughout the Universe. Alternatively life may form less frequently, then spread between habitable planets through Panspermia or exogenesis. In any case, complex organic molecules necessary for life may have formed in the protoplanetary disk of dust grains surrounding the Sun before the formation of the Earth based on computer model studies. According to these studies, this same process may also occur around other stars that acquire planets (see Extraterrestrial organic molecules).

Suggested locations at which life might have developed include the planets Venus and Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa, and Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus. In May 2011, NASA scientists reported that Enceladus "is emerging as the most habitable spot beyond Earth in the Solar System for life as we know it". Life may appear on extrasolar planets, such as Gliese 581 c, g and d, recently discovered to be near Earth mass and apparently located in their star's habitable zone, with the potential to have liquid water. In December 2011, scientists working with NASA's Kepler space telescope announced the discovery of Kepler-22b, an Exoplanet that appears to be orbiting a sun-like star within the habitable zone.