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
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
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. ~
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
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. ~
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
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.
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:
Energy is not continuous, but comes in
small but discrete units.
The elementary particles behave both
like particles and like waves.
The movement of these particles is
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.
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.
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
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
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
conditioning, suggest a
brief study of the
cosmos and the reality
that surrounds him.
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.
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
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
humorous, and wonderfully readable,
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
ourselves it is. The difference between constructing and launching the
Hubble Telescope, and a chimp combining two finger motions as sign language,
difference is not all that great. We tell ourselves it is, but maybe it's almost
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
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
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."
they would be. Quantitative mechanics would be intuitive to their toddlers.
Entire symphonies would be written by their children, and placed on the
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
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
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
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."
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