无言斋由xell进行随机更新,他是Einstein意义上的无神论者,Hayek意义上的自由主义者,Popper意义上的理性主义者,目前正在从事不赚钱的跨学科研究,最喜欢吃白切鸡,不看电视,认为一首歌的词和曲同样重要,坚决主张人权高于宠物权,擅长使用计算机、看书和睡觉,不擅长经商以及成为公务员。虽然他是Google的拥护者,但他愿意公布的电邮地址是(同这个页面风格一样简单的)xell@w.cn
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Our Pale Bule Dot
2008-08-13|20:13:34| ‼ [0] | √ [0] 
Carl Sagan 的一段非常棒的论述,非常令人感动。这个视频的文字来自他的名著 Pale Bule Dot 第一章最后几段;没看过此书的,快去电驴拉一本吧,绝对会有所收获。
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From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest.
But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, ever king and peasant, every young couple in love, every moth and father, hopeful child, 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 triumph, they could become momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, 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.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. 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 with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

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