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The Greatest Story Ever Told

The history of the Cosmos, as revealed by science and science only, is the greatest story ever told. It is our shared past. It is our shared framework propelling us into the future. It gives us a sense of belonging, a sense of humility, a sense of feeling so incredibly small. It tempers our arrogance, and makes our human conflicts and arguments seem too local.

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We Are In the Universe, and the Universe is in Us

It is the most intriguing story we know of: our existence here is dependent on extraordinary processes that happened on a nearly incomprehensible scale. The death of stars, the explosions, the unbelievable carnage that allowed our Universe to have such a rich chemistry eventually led to the existence of reproducing forms in a tiny, insignificant corner of some random galaxy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains this amazing scientific and true story about our shared history and our connection with everything around us. Let us keep asking questions and keep inquiring. That’s the spirit of science, and it’s an endeavor that will, from time to time, take your breath away.

The Most Poetic Thing About Physics

What exactly are we? What are we made of? These questions have been posed since the beginning of written history. Lawrence Krauss gives his answer.

 

 

Particles Traveling Faster Than the Speed of Light Measured at CERN

The scientists at CERN have discovered a rather peculiar anomaly in one of their experimental results.

The physics world is abuzz with news that a group of European physicists plans to announce Friday that it has clocked a burst of subatomic particles known as neutrinos breaking the cosmic speed limit — the speed of light — that was set by Albert Einstein in 1905.

If true, it is a result that would change the world. But that “if” is enormous.

It’s a very mind-boggling result, and it shows that science, rather than religion, continues to be the pioneer in bringing up (and hopefully answering) questions about our universe and our very existence. I’ve always been annoyed at people who ask me, “so if you don’t believe in God, how do you think everything came into existence?” It’s a very silly question because religious people know no more than atheists (but yet they pretend to know that everything poofed into existence from an undetectable supernatural entity whose origins are never explained).

The complete and total superiority of secular, scientific methods of knowing are shown once again. Let’s congratulate the scientists at CERN for actually doing the hard work of figuring out the deep mysteries of the universe, rather than arguing about books written in a desert.

The Great Demotions: Destroying Human Conceit Through Science

“The longstanding view, as summarized by the philosopher Immanuel Kant that, ‘without Man, the whole of Creation would be a mere wilderness, a thing in vain, and have no final end’ is revealed to be self-indulgent folly.”

-Carl Sagan

Big History

Many cultures and civilizations talk about “understanding their own history”, but there’s a common history that unites all of us.