The following are some interesting links to websites, documents, and videos dealing with mankind and our relationship to the Earth and the universe. Simply click on the PLAY VIDEO or OPEN DOCUMENT button on the right of the description.
Logic, Language, & Consciousness Here and Abroad is a fascinating article enhanced with provocative, beautiful images and useful links about the role prospective artificial intelligence (AI) may play in confronting questions of human communication with AI, AI to AI communication, and with prospective human / AI communication with hypothetical, prospective extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Home is a movie made by Yann Arthus-Bertrand about our Planet Earth. It is approximately one and 1/2 hours but it is well worth watching the entire movie. It has some amazing photography illustrating the cycles of Nature and the relationship of Life and our Planet. Put on your headset and prepare to be inspired and amazed with this movie.
I personally found this video a very excellent way of explaining why planets spin, solar systems spin, galaxies, and so on. I feel that the concept of rotation and spin are critical to understanding the equilibrium state of celestial bodies. In my opinion it could even be that the universe is like a giant galaxy in itself, one of many universes. Could it be that just as there are 100's of billions of stars in a galaxy and 100's of galaxies in the universe, that there might also be 100's of millions of universes that behave like the galaxies within our universe? Though there is no proof that the universe demonstrates spin, if we do find this is the case in the future, it might be a critical component in the proof of a multi-universe world. Spin may be a key in developing a theory that the universe is just one of hundreds of billions of universes..
This is an incredible short video of photos taken from the Hubble telescope. The telescope was directed at a blank spot in space, or what appeared to be so and by taking a number of snap shots over many days a video was created. When watching it you feel as if you are moving through space watching the galaxies and stars go by.
More on the Hubble telescope. This video explains how the hubble telescope has been so useful in viewing galaxies from nearly the dawn of the universe, just over 13 billion years ago. One can see what galaxies looked like at the time near the big bang up to the current day given the time it has taken light to arrive to us from different galaxies. In order to view even further into the beginning of the big bang, a new telescope is being put up by Nasa in 2019 that will have higher resolution and view infra-red light which will allow us to determine better how the universe is expanding.
Star size comparisn. This is the best video I have found that compares the size of the various cosmic bodies out there. It certainly shows just how small the Earth, and even the sun are, relative to other suns and planets. It is worth the few minutes to view it! Great music as well!
Did you know that current theory suggests that the Universe is flat?. This video explains just what it means that the universe is flat. This is opposed to spherical or saddle-shaped as have been previously proposed. I believe that the implication that the universe is flat and continuing to expand is an important theory in understanding whether there might be other universes and that we are just in one of them.
This is a music video from various science figures of our age including Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from NOVA's The Elegant Universe, Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.
The Digital Universe, developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, incorporates data from dozens of organizations worldwide to create the most complete and accurate 3-D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe.
Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. POWERS OF TEN © 1977 EAMES OFFICE LLC (Available at www.eamesoffice.com)
From our origins in Africa, humans began migrating around the globe roughly 100,000 years ago. But it was only with the advent of agriculture about 12,000 years ago that our population started to swell to more than a million. This data visualisation from the American Museum of Natural History beautifully charts humanity’s stunning – and increasingly alarming – exponential expansion to our current population of roughly 7.4 billion.
Video by the American Museum of Natural History
Producer: Laura Moustakerski
Animator: Shay Krasinksi