Stellar Alchemy

"Star stuff, the ash of stellar alchemy, had emerged into consciousness."
- Carl Sagan

Amazing. Truly amazing.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium

(via philosibeard)

This is how you buy the government.

Dr. Evil had a point.

Dr. Evil had a point.

Apart from a handful of ambiguous trace fossils, not a single fossil flatworm has ever been found… Do you see what this means, or at least ought to mean, for creationists? Creationists believe that flatworms were created in the same week as all other creatures. They have therefore had exactly the same time in which to fossilize as all other animals. During all the centuries when all those bony or shelly animals were depositing their fossils by the thousands, the flatworms must have been living happily alongside them, but without leaving any significant trace of their presence in the rocks. What, then, is so special about gaps in the record of those animals that do fossilize, given that the past history of the flatworms amounts to one big gap; even though the flatworms, by the creationists’ own account, have been living for the same length of time?

If the gap before the Cambrian Explosion is used as evidence that most animals suddenly sprang into existence in the Cambrian, exactly the same ‘logic’ should be used to prove that the flatworms sprang into existence yesterday. Yet this contradicts the creationist’s belief that flatworms were created during the same creative week as everything else. You cannot have it both ways. This argument, at a stroke, completely destroys the creationist case that the Precambrian gap in the fossil record weakens the evidence for evolution.

—   Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Shown on Earth (via sciencecenter)

(via afro-dominicano)

“Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labeled impractical or contrary to human nature, as if nuclear war were practical or as if there were only one human nature. But fundamental changes can clearly be made. We’re surrounded by them. In the last two centuries abject slavery, which was with us for thousands of years, has almost entirely been eliminated in a stirring world-wide revolution. Women, systematically mistreated for millennia, are gradually gaining the political and economic power traditionally denied to them. And some wars of aggression have recently been stopped or curtailed because of a revulsion felt by the people in the aggressor nations. The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the Earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet.”

—   Carl Sagan


“It’s not that we are better than the Universe, we’re a part of the universe.”

(Source: afro-dominicano, via the-star-stuff)

“It’s a strange thing, how you can love somebody, how you can be all eaten up inside with needing them—and they simply don’t need you. That’s all there is to it, and neither of you can do anything about it. And they’ll be the same way with someone else, and someone else will be the same way about you and it goes on and on—this desperate need—and only once in a rare million do the same two people need each other.”

—   Madeleine L’Engle (via compassio)