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13.7 Billion Years Divided By 365: 40 Million Years Is A Day; A Day, 40 Million Years

In the debut episode of the new Cosmos series, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hand Stuever of The Washington Post describes the football field sized cosmological calendar that Tyson uses to put our 13.7 billion-year-old big bang universe into time … Continue reading

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Perspective

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“Somewhat Religious”: Ted Turner’s Faitheism

In a recent profile of Ted Turner, now 73, in the Hollywood Reporter, his views on religion are reported in the following manner: Once virulently anti-religious, doubt rather than certainty defines his thinking now. He calls himself “a little bit … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan Day: Three Historians Reflect on Carl Sagan’s Life

For “Carl Sagan Day” (which is today), this extended reflection on Carl Sagan’s life seems fitting to post.

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Today is Carl Sagan Day!

Bet you didn’t know that. But it’s true. Here’s the Center for Inquiry promoting November 12, 2011 as “Carl Sagan Day”: An all-day event at Broward College near Ft. Lauderdale, FL in celebration of the life and teachings of Carl … Continue reading

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Shadows on a Distant Wall: Nikodem Poplawski Says We Might Be Living in a Black Hole

In a new theory worthy of Alice in Wonderland, the Washington Post reports today that a cosmologist, Nikodem Poplawski, posits that each black hole may contain a universe inside of it, and we ourselves may be inside a black hole: We could be … Continue reading

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In case you’re having a bad day

The below video offers a bit of perspective. Carl Sagan: Astronomy is a humbling and character building experience.

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This is what atheist spirituality looks like?

I kind of like the above video, but there’s also a part of me that feels the undercurrents of a hijack, not just of religion, but of poetry: scientists unweaving Keats’s rainbow and replacing it with, well, this. And notice the Christmasy church bell feel … Continue reading

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In November of 2009, the CERN Large Hadron Collider Will Begin the Process of Replicating the First Billionth of a Second After the Big Bang

Yes, you read that right. Billionth of a second. The European particle collider will work, under controlled conditions, with energies literally billions of times hotter than the sun’s core, and most physicists think that the collider, at its highest speeds, may even generate … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan Looks Like an Alien and Wants Us to Believe That There are No Aliens Visiting Earth. Shouldn’t That Tell You Something?

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Our Universe Isn’t All There Is? A New Discovery Gives the Multiverse Hypothesis a Boost

In National Geographic this week: On the outskirts of creation, unknown, unseen “structures” are tugging on our universe like cosmic magnets, a controversial new study says. Everything in the known universe is said to be racing toward the massive clumps … Continue reading

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A Break from the Election Drama: Keeping Life in Perspective

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