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How Small We Really Are: The Size of the Earth

I think you can tell that I’ve been spacetripping during the past few months. I blame it on my reading list.

For now though, here’s a truly humbling perspective at how tiny we are.

I find it hard to believe that we are the only intelligence in the universe, or even in our galaxy.

What do you think?


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  1. Not taking into account the possibility of our Universe being one of trillions of trillions of other ones.

    You need to take into account that our existence is relatively new, and we only achieved spaceflight (sort of) less than a hundred years ago, so it’s still way too soon to think of finding other intelligent life (we thought we were the centre of the Universe up until only 500 years ago, a split second in cosmological time, and even now I’d feel ashamed to let aliens meet our civilization).

    If we don’t destroy ourselves we can be significant; we can be regarded as a force of change not only in our solar system, but across the Universe and anything beyond, and we can meet other intelligent lives and know much more about our very being. You and I just have the rotten luck of being born a million years too early :-)

    Instead of dwelling on how tiny we are, why not think how HUGE we are? Each of our billions of cells are life forms of their own, where we as humans are as large to them as the galaxy is to us. There are systems functioning inside of us that are ruled by our very nature, and the actions of each of us affect other humanoid being with billions of other systems functioning inside them.

    Here is a good interactive display of how huge/tiny we are. The commentary is very nice. Hope you like it.

  2. BEYOND AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! JUST WOOW! i dont even know what to think! Thank u for sharing!  

  3.  This is beyond beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What!? This is the same one I posted!

  5.  I did reply to you but for some reason it did not go through :/ not cool, especially since I asked you to please email me that book you were recommending in my reply.

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