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    Posted: 21 Oct 2009 at 08:26
Continueing the old post of the images that changed the world here are a couple of new ones that I have encountered recently.
 
 


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Here is a picture that by some have been called the most important picture ever taken. That is because it shows us a glimpse of the real grandeur of the universe:


Pic from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_Ultra_Deep_Field

This is a picture of the so called Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which was obtained when one let the Hubble telescope look at a certain point in space and collect its light for a prolonged time between 2003 and 2004. This image show about 10 000 galaxies whereof some are so far away as 13 billion light years. The most distant galaxies are seen in a still young universe.
A couple of years earlier, in 1995, the Hubble had taken the Deep Field image of 3000 distant galaxies. But this new image showed more objects even deeper into spacce than the earlier had done.



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Carcharadon, have you ever gone to the field, far from city lights, in the night or early morning, and looked up? I have many, many times, and every time I do I am amazed. Every time, without fail, it takes my breath away, the staggering vastness of the universe, so massive that we humans, who for the most part have a hard time simply comprehending the volume of their own homes, are completely incapable of ever fully understanding what that vast expanse truly means.

Some people look to the skies and claim the irrefutability of a religious Ideal, based on the complexity and vastness as a sign that it could not be random, but I am inclined to move in the opposite direction, for the sight of the night sky, open to viewing by just your bare eyes, to me shows the absoluteness of existence. What I think I'm attempting to say is that, the unverse is so massive, and we occupy les than a percent of a percent of a percent of a percent of that space, and still we humans are struggling on our own planet, it is just so large and spectacular that I cannot even express my feelings on it.

It is good for any man(Or woman, I don't discriminate... much!) to look at the sky and truly reflect about what it means to him. In my opinion personal beliefs and convictions are the most important decisions you will ever make, because the moment you take a belief as your own and hold it to your heart, to abandon it for any reason aside from a realisation of it's factual inaccuracy is to abandon yourself. At least that's how I look at it.



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When one look at the sky and see the vastness one must still remember that the naked eye maybe just can discern about 3000 stars and other bright objects in the sky. When one then look through some instruments (whereof Hubble is one of the best) the universe expands and we can see millions of objects.

When one see all this then one understand how small, how selfcentered, how modelled after our own unsignificant images all our petty gods and religions are. All these angry, bickering, interfering dwarf gods whos imagined messages, laws and rules fill our heads with a buzz.

We think that there are gods that forbids us to have sex, we imagine there are gods who decides what clothes we shall wear, what food we shall eat, what songs we shall sing or what prayers we shall pray. We actually think there are gods that demand of us that we shall shant, move around or slam our heads into walls or into the ground. And we dare to belive that some of us are chosen to be the favourites of one or another of these tiny beings and that we, just we, shall be the ones who accompany this specific being into eternety. And we have the nerve to think, just for a part of a second that all those who not follow our own special kind of superstitious beliefs shall be condemned to some sort of more or less eternal punishment.

Well, maybe a look at the sky, or a look of the image of the Hubble Deep Field can cure us from those petty illusions and from our extreme megalomania and our beliefs in monstrous beings that in fact did not create us, but we created them.

A glimpse of the true eternety out there can maybe make us see our real place in that vastness and make us somewhat humble before the great power of reality, far beyond those products of our narrowmindedness that we call gods.


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I just wonder by such of you who claim to know so much, have never responded to the above? Especially to ridicule me.
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