1. Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
     

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  6. Sometimes you think life is made up of these big moments, these big decisions, but in the end it’s the minutes and the moments in between that give life shape.
    — Conor Oberst
     

  7. (Source: bodymark, via buns-theladybot)

     

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  9. Nature comes up with surprises that far exceed those that the human imagination can generate.
    — Lawrence Krauss
     

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  11. It is true, one cannot get an ‘ought’ from an ‘is’, but this is because there simply are no oughts, only what is.
    — Maxwell Bertolero
     

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  13. Well, I guess it’s, to me, you know, pretty much commonsense. You can only really understand good if you have bad, so the idea of heaven or anything that happens for eternity, even if it’s nice, I can’t imagine it being nice forever. Even the idea of forever is kind of ridiculous, which is unfortunate because it’s kind of a nice thing to say, you know. I think it softens the blow of mortality and having to say goodbye to everything you know and everyone you love and all that kind of thing. I think it’s a nice concept, and I wish it made sense to me, but I guess it doesn’t.
    — Conor Oberst, on the lyrics to “Milk Thistle”

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  15. There’s no shame in admitting what you don’t know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers.
    — Neil deGrasse Tyson