“Again and again across the centuries, cosmic discoveries have demoted our self-image. Earth was once assumed to be astronomically unique, until astronomers learned that Earth is just another planet orbiting the Sun. Then we presumed the Sun was unique, until we learned that the countless stars of the night sky are suns themselves. Then we presumed our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the entire known universe, until we established that the countless fuzzy things in the sky are other galaxies, dotting the landscape of our known universe.

Today, how easy it is to presume that one universe is all there is. Yet emerging theories of modern cosmology, continually reaffirms the improbability that anything is unique…”

-Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting.”

-Dr. Carl Sagan

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Discussion ¬

  1. Paul Caggegi says:

    it’s both humbling and awe-inspiring to think we are simultaneously unique and then again, nothing really special in the vastness of the cosmos. The video I love most, you might enjoy: http://youtu.be/fsaCc7uPb_g The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.