For some reason, looking at this map made me feel sort of sick. It's just so difficult to comprehend and I want to understand it, yet I want to rip my eyes off of it and forget all about what else could be out there at the same time. The one on NASA's actual website is even clearer and brighter, and I can't really grasp the magnitude of it. A map of the universe? The actual universe? It feels like a really ridiculous thing to say, and the picture itself doesn't make sense to me since it's just the "cosmic microwave" light and I'm probably to feeble to actually understand what I'm seeing. It's just so incredible that something like this exists, and in 100 years it will probably be obsolete to the images they'll be able to conjure, but for right now I can't do anything but dry heave at the magnifigence and unparallelled beauty of our universe.
While this video is on the lengthy side, I only had to watch the first five minutes to decide to scoop it. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Michio Kaku (even though I have a deepseated, irrational hate of physics), and I would probably listen to anything he had to say even if it had to do with the physics of a fart. But he kept me very interested for most of the video and I was shocked by some of the comparisons he made to the world today. My favorite was definitely how we will have the "power of the gods" in the next 100 years, which seems so far away and impossible with the science currently available (and known) to us. It's hard to imagine our great-grandkids having this tremendous power that is so foreign to us, but it is the same for every 100 years. The science that is impossible today will be completely normal to us tomorrow, and that's an adjustment I find difficult to comprehend when stuck so absolutely in the present.
I really love how this video very simply and creatively explained a topic that is not so easy to condense. It was very easy to watch and I never lost interest in what they were talking about; it was the perfect length between moderately short to too long. I love the illustrations, as well, I think they explain the more difficult to understand parts of the big bang in a way that even young children can understand. And of course who doesn't love particles with funny faces? The universe is an extraordinarily huge size, on a scale that we mere humans cannot fathom and will probably never be able to comprehend, so I liked that the maker of the video didn't focus too much on the ever-expanding part of the big bang theory. I feel like adding that in can make someone feel like they're in over their heads (no pun intended), but it's the truth and it needs to be mentioned. While this theory is not 100% proven, I think it's the closest we have to an answer that makes sense, and it's important to at least consider the idea that it all started with a bang.
For such a short amount of time, this video really left my wowed. I love illustrations to go with explanations during the process of teaching something new and foreign, so you can only imagine how crazy I went for this video. I even watched the other videos on their channel for MinutePhysics and even though the topics may seem "boring" or "too hard," I had no trouble keeping up with the pace of the videos and I have such a miniscule knowledge of physics. I'm not really sure how else to explain how much I enjoyed watching this video, it was extremely fun and creative and I wish I could learn everything this way, because it feels like I'm making it happen in a way and we're learning together, if that makes any sense. This was a pretty tricky subject and I loved how at the end he threw in a little bit about parallell universes and my brain just tipped over the edge to explosion. These spurts of information are definitely slightly overwhelming, but it makes you feel like you learned a lot in only two or three minutes, and I recommend anyone to watch them if they're feeling a little existential or just curious about the universe!
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka the science guy, if grownups want to "deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them."
I agree completely with Bill Nye: evolution is everything. It's our past, present, and future. It's the light at the end of the tunnel, heck, it's the tunnel and it's the light and it's everyone! Everyone really needs to come to terms with their issues and just allow themselves to recognize evolution as the root of all life if they don't already. To not believe in evolution is foolish, because there is so much research and proven facts that have been matriculated through the science community since Darwin first observed it, and there is little reason to say anything against it. Many topics involving the world and our universe are quite sketchy and nothing can be completely trusted, but if there's anything you can believe in almost completely, it's evolution! By accepting that it is the building blocks of our race and our environment, we can further extend that to everything outside of our world, because we can't be the only planet that experiences the richness of evolution. Moving forward not only technologically, but psychologically, cannot take place unless we believe in the facts that science has to offer, because few of them are as absolute as our own evolution.