Simon P Kregar has not received any gifts yet
The exploration of the cosmos
Is a voyage of self discovery
As long as there have been humans
We have searched for our place in the cosmos.
We've begun at last
To wonder about our origins
Star stuff contemplating the stars
Tracing that long path
Our obligation to survive and flourish
Is owed not just to ourselves
But also to that cosmos
Ancient and vast, from which we spring
We are all connected;
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically.
There's real poetry in the real world
Science is the poetry of reality
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
What an amazing time to be alive.
For the first time in this planet 4 billion year history, a species has arisen that has a clear understanding of the universe around them. They have developed great art; are capable of great compassion, left the firmament of the earth to set foot on another world. Written monumental philosophies, and developed tools to let everyone of them access almost all their collective information. They have even learned to manipulate the very thing that…
Every civilization comes to an end. The great empires of the past, the Romans, the Greeks, the Incas, the Aztecs, the Han dynasty, Egypt, are all now effectively extinct. Even in recent times we have seen the collapse of great civilizations, the USSR comes to mind. We have this prejudice that our society is somehow immune from this, that we could never come to an end.
If you were to poll people in the United States what they thought was the largest threat to our civilization was I…