What's Out There

What's Out There

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

- Stephen Hawking

xysciences:

A salamander under a black light. 

xysciences:

A salamander under a black light. 

chasinghighlines:

Finding balance in the dark. 

chasinghighlines:

Finding balance in the dark. 

It is no credit to the orthodox that they do not now believe all the absurdities that were believed 150 years ago. The gradual emasculation of the Christian doctrine has been effected in spite of the most vigorous resistance, and solely as the result of the onslaughts of freethinkers.
- Bertrand Russell
johnsfunnystuff:

construction pic of the golden gate…. are you scared of heights?

johnsfunnystuff:

construction pic of the golden gate…. are you scared of heights?

Only an open conflict of ideas and principles can produce any clarity.
- Christopher Hitchens

Science is still struggling to understand what space and time actually are. Are they real physical entities or simply useful ideas? If they’re real, are they fundamental, or do they emerge from more basic constituents?


What does it mean for space to be empty? Does time have a beginning? Does it have an arrow, flowing inexorably from past to future as common experience would dictate?

- Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos

Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top.

At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles - a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other - that kept me going.

- Hunter Thompson, American journalist and author
Avoid the friendship of those who constantly inquire and discuss the flaws of others.
- Arabic proverb
It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending.
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-Robert R. Wilson

(In response to calls to justify the creation of Fermilab)

I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.
- Isaac Asimov