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  • There's something about the cosmic perspective which for some people is enlightening and

  • for other people it's terrifying. For those who are terrified by it, they're here on earth

  • and they have a certain self-identity, and then they learn that earth is tiny and we're

  • in this void of interplanetary space and then there's a star that we call the sun and that's

  • kind of average and there's a hundred billion other stars in a galaxy. And our galaxy, the

  • Milky Way, is one of 50 or 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. And with every step,

  • every window that modern astrophysics has opened to our mind, the person who wants to

  • feel like they're the center of everything ends up shrinking. And for some people they

  • might even find it depressing. I assert that if you were depressed after learning and being

  • exposed to the cosmic perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego.

  • You thought more highly of yourself than in fact the circumstances deserved.

  • So here's what you do: You say, I have no ego at all. Let's start that way. I have no

  • ego, no cause to puff myself up. Now let's learn about the cosmic perspective. Yeah,

  • we're on a planet that's orbiting a star, and a star is an energy source and it's giving

  • us energy, and we're feeling this energy, and life is enabled by this energy in this

  • star. And by the way, there's a hundred billion other stars that have other planets. There

  • might be other life out there, could be like us. It's probably not like us, but whatever

  • it is, it'd be fascinating to find out who it is. Can we talk to them? Can we not? Are

  • they more advanced? Are they less advanced? By the way, the atoms of our body are traceable

  • to what stars do. So those who see the cosmic perspective as

  • a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because

  • when I look up in the universe I know I'm small but I'm also big. I'm big because I'm

  • connected to the universe and the universe is connected to me.

There's something about the cosmic perspective which for some people is enlightening and

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective | Big Think Mentor

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    劉老 posted on 2013/08/19
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