Kids; all kids; a few adults.
Saying stupid things I might later regret.
Using semicolons improperly;
That Irk Me:
Light beer; fat-free or low-sodium anything.
Arrogant professors; lying politicians; people who prey on weakness, fear,
ignorance or prejudice; men who treat women badly;
who treat men badly; mean people; selfish people; fake people;
superficial people; yes, most people.
Deniers of biology; we're great Apes, stop pretending otherwise.
A Quote From Somebody:
"I bemoan being a beast,
driven by carnal desires. Until I get hungry. Like now."
A Quote From Somebody Else:
"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
Buy it here.
Josh, for wearing it to class.)
This shirt depicts our galaxy, the
Milky Way. Its
diameter is about 90,000 light years --
529,063,394,774,490,000 miles. Our puny solar system is
subatomic in comparison, less than 0.001266 light years in
The Milky Way, an average sized
galaxy, contains 200-400 billion stars. There are
probably more than 100 billion galaxies, which suggests there are
a helluva lot of stars in the Universe:
That's a big number. I wonder how many of those stars have
planets, like Earth, orbiting them? How many have life? Is it really just one?
Of course, nobody knows for sure. But, it's hard to assume
our planet is "special" when we've only observed a smidgen
of the universe. Maybe it is, maybe it's not. Even our own galaxy
is far too large to assume Earth is special. And there are billions of other
that we have no hope of exploring in detail.
This is the sexy spiral galaxy NGC 1300. Every speck of light in this picture
represents a star, like our sun. Yes, you are looking at billions
of stars right now. (BTW, these images are courtesy
of the Hubble
Every speck of light in this picture is a galaxy,
like NGC 1300 above. That's right, each dot is actually a cluster of
billions and billions of stars that we'll never explore. And
those stars have planets -- gazillions of planets -- orbiting
How "special" does Earth seem now? And why do humans need to feel special, are we that insecure and egocentric?
People used to believe that Earth was the center of the solar system,
the sun orbiting our blue planet daily. Galileo disagreed, published
his observation-based science to the contrary and paid a huge price for
it: found guilty of heresy, he spent the rest of his life under house
The same center-of-the-universe/need-to-feel-special mentality that
Galileo offended 400 years ago still persists today, though in
different, often more subtle, guises.
For example, isn't nationalism a manifestation of our
central-universe/we're-special mentality? How about Providence?
Manifest Destiny? Or, more recently, Benevolent Hegemony (based, as it
is, on National Exceptionalism)? What about believing that you and
yours received divine ordination via revelaton, and the other 5 billion
people on Earth are just...well...wrong?
C'mon, this reeks of insecurity and egotism. It's a perfectly
natural -- yet wholly delusional -- defense mechanism, protecting our
fragile self-identities from the obvious: In Universal terms, we are a
tiny, ant-like colony inhabiting a speck of dust. Get over it.