|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)