Is there anything more mesmerizing than the unpolluted night sky? Seeing a sky full of tiny stars and the realization that each is actually many times larger than our own small planet is very humbling. Even more so when you understand that some of the “stars” we see aren’t stars at all, but are actually galaxies with untold numbers of stars within them.
I am currently watching the show Cosmos on Netflix and while I don’t agree with all the hypotheses and conclusions espoused on the show it is a thought-provoking and in-depth look at the cosmos. I believe that scientific proof and the pursuit of science are two different things. Science is a noble endeavor, but I do think this show and many scientific documentaries error when they take a hypothesis and theory to be truth even if some evidence points in that direction. If something can’t be proven, but merely inferred, then that is more akin to faith than truth. How many scientific theories that everyone thought were truth turned out to be false? It has been a lot and there are many reasons for this, usually having to do with pre-conceived ideas. I’m a big believer that if you look for something hard enough you will find it every time. I’ve learned to try to question everything. Obviously I’m not able to go out and explore the universe, but I am able to look for other theories and arguments online. Anyways, I’ll get off my soap box.
All that said, I do find it fascinating that in the Cosmos episode titled “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still,” they state that the human eye, which we all see our universe through has more atoms than all the known stars in the universe. That to me is incredible. Each and every one of us are as comparably complex or perhaps far more complex than the viewable night sky. Crazy!