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Friday, October 3, 2008 - 2:11pmSanction this postReply
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Awesome dramatization, Richard!

Ed


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Friday, October 3, 2008 - 9:14pmSanction this postReply
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Mr. Gleaves,
Thank you for these. I went to youtube, watched 1-7, very powerful, very nicely done. I'll watch the rest this weekend. Timely after this disappointing week. The part: "She knows!!". If only it were so. About time to read AS again. Meanwhile, I contemplate this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcBV-cXVWFw

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Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 11:52amSanction this postReply
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Sort of unfortunate that Richard Gleaves has only 255 Atlas Points...  He has only four Gallery Items and is not a regular poster here, so that is to be expected.  Nonetheless, something seems off line.

Also, on another point, entirely, I was sort of suprised that Mike Erickson would recommend a video whose point is that we are insignificant.  I have a NASA calendar on the wall by my desk and the October picture is the Hubble in orbit with a quote from Carl Sagan that we are insignificant because there are more galaxies than people.

Personally, I think that one of Ayn Rand's strongest lessons was that knowing these things makes us very significant, indeed.  Imagine! Someone built a transducer, a senory organ, that could see 78 billion light years into deepest space and perceive thousands of galaxies. 

To me, that is required by our nature -- our physical reality -- because it is the complement of being aware of our mortality.  It is not that we die, but that we know we must.  That, to me, is the impetus to Hubble, the genome project, building a bookshelf or cooking dinner right.  "... not the extent of your knowledge, but a passionate dedication to the truth."

(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 10/04, 12:15pm)


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Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 7:00pmSanction this postReply
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I'm surprised that you used so much footage from a current (2006) movie, Ne le dis personne. Maybe it's just that I'm surprised that I recognized the scenes.

(For those who haven't seen the movie, the scenes are the ones with the two lovers as children and adults.)

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Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 8:15pmSanction this postReply
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"I was sort of suprised that Mike Erickson would recommend a video whose point is that we are insignificant."

Funny, it never occurred to me to feel insignificant watching that video. I thought it was very well done. Perhaps I should have put the following warning:

"Caution the contents of this video may make some people feel insignificant."

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Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 5:53amSanction this postReply
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Yeah I was watching the French thriller and found those images to be striking. Hope it didn't take you out of the episode- thought it was fairly obscure!

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Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 1:39pmSanction this postReply
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Mike E: "Caution the contents of this video may make some people feel insignificant."

The video ended thus: "This is a picture of 78 billion light years.  It is a picture of how small we are. It is the singlemost important picture ever taken by humanity."

I agree, Mike:  the images were astonishing and the effort to achieve them all the more compelling.  I guess you missed the moral tag at the end, which is just as well, because you did not miss much.

Also, on the other note -- on my way out the door for groceries and a stop at the Foreign rack of my nearby Blockbuster.  Thanks!


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Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:13amSanction this postReply
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Why does no one ever say- "when I look into a microscope at the tiniest molecules, at the infintesimal atoms, when I think of quarks and gluons and impossibly small things- wow- I feel how BIG I am! and how greatly humanity looms over the realm of the very tiny."

It's just as valid a perspective!

People look for any excuse to grovel.

R


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Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:27amSanction this postReply
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So true - have always wondered that myself... how great man is, to see and know all this, that the animals, let alone the plants, would never be aware...

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