1. 10

    Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.

    83
  2. 9

    Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.

    85
  3. 8

    We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

    85
  4. 7

    The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.

    96
  5. 6

    I don't want to believe. I want to know.

    119
  6. 5

    The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

    127
  7. 4

    For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

    139
  8. 3

    Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

    147
  9. 2

    It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

    155
  10. 1

    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

    183
  11. Last Update: 5 August 2021

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