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we are an arrogant bunchDougSloan
Apr 5, 2003 5:30 AM
Take a look at these, and tell me we don't take ourselves a little too seriously, with an exaggerated sense of self-importance:

two things ....sacheson
Apr 5, 2003 8:36 AM
1) did you ever read the book Jurassic Park? There's a quote in the book that I don't think made it to the movie. It was the mathematician guy responding to someone talking about human existence causing the end of the world. His response was something like, [this world existed for billions of years before us, and will do so billions of years after we have left our mark. Implying our actions are resulting in the end of the world is nothing more than human arrogance. We aren't destroying the world, we're destroying our existence on it]. I'm sure Crichtan said it more elegantly, but you get the point.

2) I work in this spatial geek industry, and have done quite a bit of work with Spatial Imaging - the company that has all of the 4 meter resolution images of Baghdad smoldering. When their satellite was launched, some engineer in the operations facility rotated it and took deep space pics with it. The images produced were absolutely spectacular ... of course, the actions of altering the orbit of a very expensive and highly sensitive piece of technology resulted in those images being shelved somewhere ... but it was awesome to see.
No, we are an "ignorant" bunch.eyebob
Apr 5, 2003 9:31 AM
re: we are an arrogant bunchJack9
Apr 5, 2003 7:17 PM
Our narcissistic wish to believe that the universe was created for our benefit. Science tells us that we are incidental, accidental. Far from being the raison d'être of the universe, we appeared through sheer happenstance, and we could vanish in the same way.
re: we are an arrogant bunchSpoiler
Apr 5, 2003 11:05 PM
Those must be pictures of the inside of the human brain. Probably neurons. I guess it just goes to show that we haven't even scratched the surface of the true capacity of the human mind. But with our incredible scientific advancements, we are close.

The Hubble scope.Sintesi
Apr 6, 2003 8:17 AM
Some of the best money America ever spent. The top one was my wall paper for the longest time. Absolutely breathtaking.
These are the things that define the insignificance of man.sn69
Apr 6, 2003 6:59 PM

God, fate, karma, the mathemetical genius of nature...whatever. I don't care what vehicle one chooses.

The simple fact is that we are hopelessly small and stupidly insignificant in a magnificant universe that trascends our meager, woefull inadequacies and trivial, fleeting conflicts.

These are the things that define the insignificance of man.bic
Apr 6, 2003 9:23 PM
Is it not the beauty of such things that shows us that the "simple fact" is not simple. That such things as creation, life, death, war etc. The desire of our soul is too reach beyond what we see everyday and strive to be free. To listen to those who face death in these times and in past time. It does not matter if you agree with the reasons or not. But the basic human yearnings can not be so simply stated as insignificant.

I'm sorry, but I must in all that breaths life in me dissagree. The simple fact is, that in all things that science has shown, the most beautiful thing shown is mankind. In life or in death.
re: we are an arrogant bunchrwbadley
Apr 6, 2003 10:50 AM
It is amazing the depth of field of these photos. Thousands of light years encompassed here. Wow.

We are small, indeed. You know, the smallest of the small (the children) need the most attention.

Galaxies like grains of sand on a beach. Makes you wonder not 'if' but, 'what' life elsewhere is like.

Cool shots Doug, do you have a link? Is there explanation of the photos also?

Apr 6, 2003 5:55 PM
Here's the link. I keep the deep field photo as a wallpaper sometimes. You sit there are realize that you are looking at thousands of galaxies, with each having billions of stars. Hard to even begin to imagine what's "out there." Sort of humbling.
Great site, thanks...nmrwbadley
Apr 6, 2003 7:45 PM
Apr 7, 2003 8:26 AM
Studying astronomy back in college left me feeling smaller than ever before.