Understanding of the Design of the Universe
The Latest Scientific Understanding of the Design of the Universe
Metaphysical Mind #64
I have a truly fascinating discourse on the design of the universe by astrophysicist George Smoot for you to watch today.
As the lecture is 19 minutes long you may find some parts of it to be a little dull or dry, but I am fairly certain that you will be glad you were exposed to some of these latest images of the cosmos. I truly enjoyed seeing the stunning, new images from deep-space surveys that Smoot showcases in this talk.
I have some profound, somewhat-related Carl Sagan quotes for you to think about after you watch the clip below. I picked these quotes to help you reflect on your personal place in this grand universe.
Instead of me talking about it, here is the video so you can see for yourself:
Quotes For Personal Reflection
If you have never heard of Carl Sagan, he was an American astronomer, astrochemist, author, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Here are some of my favorite Carl Sagan quotes:
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong
We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.
— Carl Sagan
This issue was filled with powerful insights into the grand scheme of the universe, did you open up to them?
I love you,
PS There is always time to stop and wonder about the design of the universe.