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Cosmic Queries: Spacetime

Fasten your interstellar seatbelt and flip your brain into overdrive for this StarTalk episode. Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Godfrey are here to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the fabric of spacetime. Explore the edge of the known universe and whether there might be more unknown universe waiting beyond the horizon. You’ll learn about […]

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Science and Spirituality

Excerpt from “Science and the Inner Experience” with Edgar Mitchell We are delighted to share with you this transcribed excerpt from fellow astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s talk on “Science and the Inner Experience” Move out now further into space.  See the shape of the earth as a sphere.  Let’s move on out until we see […]

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Science and the Inner Experience with Dr. Edgar Mitchell

ImageScience&theInnerExperience In honor of Neil Armstrong's life, we are delighted to share with you this transcribed excerpt from fellow astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s talk on “Science and the Inner Experience” 

 

Move out now further into space.  See the shape of the earth as a sphere.  Let’s move on out until we see the earth about as we would see it -- the size of a ball, a baseball held at arms length.  Look at that magnificent little planet blue and white, peaceful.   The turmoil that goes on underneath that layer of atmosphere and those clouds is not evident to us here.  We recognize it as a haven of life, our home, our planet. As far as we know for sure, the only haven of life in our galaxy, but as we suspect, probably not the only one.  But a beautiful little planet in the immensity of space and set in the background, billions and billions of points of light. Far more so -- ten times more than we can possibly see from the surface of the earth. Representing stars, galaxies, galactic clusters, billions and billions of such points of light, and our tiny little planet about the size of a ball held at arms length.  A beautiful peaceful haven for life. And in the immensity of the universe all of a sudden you feel connected. 

 

We are all apart of the same thing.  There is a connection.  There is intelligence.  There is a feeling of oneness, an extension of self.  And it’s a joyous and wonderful experience.  As I experienced it at this point coming back from the moon and looking at the earth, suddenly I recognized that our scientific description of reality of this universe was far from complete. Our model was not yet filled out, and on the other hand our religious descriptions of ourselves, of creation, of the universe --  all of them were somewhat flawed and incomplete as well. In other words, our knowledge of who and what we are.  How we got here.  Where we came from and where we are going is very inadequate at this point in history, and yet there is a feeling of intelligence, of peace, of abundance, of process, that gives one comfort and joy in observing this magnificent universe of which we are a part.  Contemplate that for a moment. See this little planet from that perspective, and see if you experience it as I did.

 

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Power of Space and Reincarnation with Alan Watts (preview 3)


We are pleased to present this final excerpt from "The Power of Space and Reincarnation" by Alan Watts.  Do we really understand space and how this universe exists.  Or even how it differs from the other dimension of our physical world.

The funny thing about space, is that in a way it doesn’t end where a solid begins.  You can shift a solid around in space without apparently altering it in any way, and after all, there is space between the two sides, shall we say, or ends of the solid.

We can think of that in terms of space, and measure it in terms of space. But it is against space that we experience everything that we experience.  And by the way also, we experience everything, not only in the dimension of space but also the dimension of time. And the fascination about space and time is, that while they are basic to all possible experiences that we have, you just can’t put your finger on them.  

Space seems to be completely immaterial. And when St Augustine was asked “What is time?”, he said “I know what it is, but when you ask me I don’t”. So, these two basic dimensions of our physical world, are uncommonly illusive.

 


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