If you are human. If you feel. If you dream. You need to watch this.
If you ever looked up at the night sky and were suddenly overwhelmed with the vastness of all those stars, those unexplored worlds and far off suns and were similarly struck with images of hope, of exploration, of giddy excitement of the dreams and wonders yet to be seen by our modest species, please, share this video. Spread the world that we will not stop believing, that there is more here than just out blue planet of rock and dust. Scientific literacy can only come from realized dreams and the thirst for self knowledge.
Just biding my time, trapped on this insignificant mote of dust and rock; longingly looking out into the vastness, straining to see something more other than this pale blue dot we call home. The dream-like tableau of pastel skies give way to wonders unimagined; yet, all the while here we are, suspended in a sunbeam.
Just watch. Think. Enjoy.
Part 1: A Universe Not Made For Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8P1Y1a7-L4
Part 2: Consider Again That Pale Blue Dot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_naQhynOg0
Part 3: Wanderers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPM-vKpiKR0
Part 4: The Gift of Apollo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xUAR6vbxxU
Part 5: The Backbone of Night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zb6gAPG3yM
Part 6: The Edge of Forever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4tYTgV1x28
Part 7: The Great Demotions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-6wXZXOUV8
Part 8: To The Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYt85mcI-bk
Part 9: Darkness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEiEwQ7Rf4g
Part 10: You Are Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9TIeuBF9Ss
Part 11: The Story of Everything http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U49i8HYMp2k
Part 12: The Blessing and the Curse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7w2NycCZ8s
Part 13: The Frailty of Knowledge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhbOfyF_tMc
Part 14: Heaven and Hell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9oMff5p5Rk
Part 15: Scaling Heaven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpph1Bw0yXE
Part 16: Traveller’s Tales http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5wilptDhk4
The Sagan Series. Carl Sagan was a champion of scientific literacy, of spreading knowledge, and furthering the development of dreams. I present to you parts 1-7 of the educational series created by Reid Gower, in memory and triumph of the late Carl Sagan. Amazing cinematography over excerpts of Sagan’s television series: Cosmos: a personal voyage
We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known."