I’m a collection of atoms called “Patrick Mylund Nielsen,” and there are few things as humbling to me as these images:
or the realization that we are all briefly coherent clumps of stardust clinging to a thin film of life wrapped around a marble floating through a space so vast it escapes ordinary human understanding.
I am not a scientist, but if you like this video, I think you’ll like this section:
The goal of this section is to highlight our place in a universe that contains more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of Earth; where even the distance to the nearest star is incomprehensible, but the fact that circumnavigating the known Universe is possible in a human lifetime is. Its goal is to humble and amaze by demonstrating the beauty and magnificence of the universe as it really is (besting the wildest imaginations of the authors of the anthropocentric narratives humanity holds dear.)
As you’ve probably already guessed, Carl Sagan has been a significant influence on my life. Ever since I first read the Pale Blue Dot speech I’ve lived life very differently, and I can only hope to become a fraction of the man he was. Making the above video has already proved to be one of the most meaningful things I’ve done in my life.
So have a look around, and I’ll leave you with this:
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