The Most Astounding Fact. {Video: Neil DeGrasse Tyson}

Via on Mar 5, 2012

This is one of those videos I want to watch shortly before I pass away, peacefully, after a life well-lived.

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.

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“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”

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More videos like this: Feynman. Sagan. Wow. Wow.

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13 Responses to “The Most Astounding Fact. {Video: Neil DeGrasse Tyson}”

  1. karlsaliter says:

    Beautiful.

  2. Annie Ory says:

    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ A. Einstein

  3. Jill Barth Jill Barth says:

    Something else. Wonderful.

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  5. This is the central point of Yoga philosophy, of course, too. Here's the way I described the same idea in Yoga Demystified:

    1) Each of us is already infinitely wondrous–miraculous,
    awe-inspiring, unfathomable.

    (This is well hidden beneath the
    distractions of everyday life and emotion.)

    Ask yourself this question: “Which is more wondrous, the entire universe or an individual human being?”

    Think deeply about this. Most people can’t honestly choose between the two. The question is, of course, unanswerable. The entire universe is so wondrous (miraculous, awe-inspiring, unfathomable–whatever words you choose to use.) Yet, when seen objectively, so is a thinking, breathing, feeling human being.

    The fact that it’s not easy to choose is fascinating in itself. And it’s a dramatic argument for the most basic Yoga idea that just being alive can be infinitely wondrous, if we let it.

    For me this is a blockbuster, mind-blowing insight, and undeniably true. I had always thought of the individual human being as small and insignificant, like a grain of sand on the beach. And we are, in a way.

    But each of us is also infinitely wondrous–so wondrous, in fact, that it’s hard to decisively declare even the entire universe to be more wondrous.

    The universe is complex and unfathomable, indeed. But a human being, in body alone, is equally complex and unfathomable, and, in addition, we are conscious. We are able to perceive the miracle of our own being.

    (Yoga often uses the word “divine” for this. The most basic finding of Yoga is that each of us is already divine. I prefer the word “wondrous” instead of “divine”, because “divine” has too many other religious meanings, some of which Yoga doesn’t necessarily intend to convey.)

    According to Yoga, this wondrous, blindingly amazing self is the “true self” referred to in the title of Cope’s book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, and the process of self-realization, or “enlightenment”, is not the process of “becoming” something, but rather simply “discovering” the joy of who we already are, buried beneath the pressing distractions and emotions of everyday life.

    For me the conclusive, objective realization that each of us is as wondrous (“divine” if you prefer) as the entire universe is like a light switch that changes everything about the way I think about myself and my life.

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  6. [...] Look up at the stars. Look and be amazed at how connected we all are. [...]

  7. [...] “We are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both o… [...]

  8. This is why, in addition to my practice, I look at the sky. I think it's one of the most restorative, grounding things to do. Every night!

  9. [...] We are so much more connected than we are separate! [...]

  10. [...] Every cell of you contains the stars. Your amazing heart beat 100,000 times today. What makes you so amazing isn’t that you are a goddess, it’s that you are human. You are not sexy because you read the right article, or wore the right lipstick or “found your inner goddess.” You don’t have to be that. It’s your wild, precious flawed human self that is perfect in its imperfection. [...]

  11. [...] bigger picture is that each of us is a significant miracle. Our inner lives. What drives you? What motivates you? What are you living for? This all needs to be [...]

  12. [...] But I love them most of all because we don’t just look at the stars. They aren’t just far away. They are part of us and we are part of them. [...]

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