When I wrestled, I would set aside the time to wrestle, so that in my mind it didn’t interfere with my study time. If I’d say, “I’m going to study this many hours, then I’m going to go work out and wrestle,” then when that time comes, you don’t feel like you should be doing something else. That helped me psychologically. But otherwise? When I’m wrestling, I’m not studying the universe. And when I’m studying the universe, I’m not wrestling.
The universe is almost 14 billion years old, and, wow! Life had no problem starting here on Earth! I think it would be inexcusably egocentric of us to suggest that we’re alone in the universe.
Quantum physics fluctuates all the time. But now the fluctuations are not just particles coming into and out of existence, which happens all the time. It’s whole universes coming into and out of existence.
The universe for me was other planets and other star systems and other galaxies. I enjoyed tracking it, but it had no specific influence on my ambitions for that reason. It wasn’t really far enough away from Earth to matter to me.
The value of the space program is beyond science, it’s beyond military; it’s a cultural shift in how we think of our place in the universe.
That is a big question we all have: are we alone in the universe? And exoplanets confirm the suspicion that planets are not rare.
85 percent of the gravity of the universe has a point of origin about which we know nothing.
When I was a kid, I thought that if everyone looked up the way I did then everyone would want to study the universe just like me – how could they not? This naiveté is what tells me that my interest was more a calling than a rational comparative assessment about what to be when I grew up.
To believe in a universe as young as 6- or 7,000 years old, is to extinguish the light of most of the galaxy.
Downplaying Our Involvement in Climate Change is “Simply Irresponsible”
So this show [Cosmos] does not only operate on you intellectually, because telling you stories of how science works and why it works and what was discovered and why it matters, but combines that with stunning visualizations of the cosmos. This has the chance of affecting you intellectually and emotionally, and as well as even spiritually, because the wonder and awe of the universe are especially potent when presented in this way.”
New generations of humans inherit the acquired discoveries of generations past, allowing cosmic insight to accumulate without limit. Each discovery of science therefore adds a rung to a ladder of knowledge whose end is not in sight because we are building the ladder as we go along. As far as I can tell, as we assemble and ascend this ladder, we will forever uncover the secrets of the universe – one by one.
You know, there’s black holes and what – could there be wormholes? Could – might there be a multi-verse? These are all fascinating frontiers. What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy? And what was around before the universe? And do we have access to higher dimensions?
It would be amazing if something completely spiritual sounding happened. Oh, my gosh! We’d be all over it. Because it’s something new about the physical universe.
We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.
Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body…are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically.
I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.
Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don’t know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me.
How much would you pay…for the Universe?
The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.
We are not simply in the universe, we are part of it. We are born from it. One might even say we have been empowered by the universe to figure itself out – and we have only just begun.
We are in the universe and the universe is in us.
Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.
My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.
The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there’s any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.
By the way, how much does NASA cost? It’s half a penny on a dollar. Did you know that? … The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently underfunded to do what it needs to be doing, and that’s making dreams come true … How much would you pay for the universe?
I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting, when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.
While the Copernican principle comes with no guarantees that it will forever guide us to cosmic truths, it’s worked quite well so far: not only is Earth not in the center of the solar system, but the solar system is not in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy is not in the center of the universe, and it may come to pass that our universe is just one of many that comprise a multiverse. And in case you’re one of those people who thinks that the edge may be a special place, we are not at the edge of anything either.
I’ve known from long ago that the universe was calling me. If you were one of those annoying adults that said, ‘Oh, what are you gonna be when you grow up?’ I would say, ‘Astrophysicist .’ And then they’d walk away real quickly.
So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.