The Cosmic Perspective

I remember loving astronomy when I was younger. I’m not entirely sure when that disappeared but sometime later in high school. There was a night that I remember distinctly, standing on the sidewalk across from our house with my camera and telephoto lens on the tripod. I was taking pictures of Earthshine (when light bounces off the atmosphere and lights up the dark side of the moon) and when anyone walked by I would tell them what it was and let them all look through the camera lens.

My interest in it didn’t start to return until the time The God Delusion came out. I’ll talk more about my journey to atheism in another post but I do live in a fairly “religious” small city.  I put that in quotes because although people claim a lot of religion, most of them are hardly biblical scholars. I remember looking at that book for a couple of weeks before I bought it. When I finally did, I snuck that book home in its little brown paper bag like I was smuggling porn.  🙂

Richard Dawkins got me thinking about a lot of things with that book. It started me down the path of rediscovering my love of science. Since then I’ve moved on to reading everything I can get my hands on and running several science sites on Wakelet to try and increase people’s interest to delve deeper into science. It will be no secret to anyone who knows me that two of my favourite humans are Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss (especially if you take a look at my Twitter feed).

Which brings me to the title of this post. It’s a favourite expression of Neil deGrasse Tyson, to talk about your cosmic perspective and how we fit into the universe. Naturally, my favourite quotes about this come from Prof. Krauss with his cheerful pessimism. Anyone that hears him talk about the end of the universe knows what I’m talking about.

I’m going to leave it here for now and end with the person of whom I speak.

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