Children Of The Stars

Instead of being overwhelmed by the universe, I think that perhaps one of the deepest experiences a scientist can have, almost approaching a religious awakening, is to realize that we are children of the stars, and that our minds are capable of understanding the universal laws that they obey. The atoms within our bodies were forged on the anvil of nucleo-synthesis within an exploding star aeons before the birth of the solar system. Our atoms are older than the mountains. We are literally made of star dust. Now these atoms, in turn, have coalesced into intelligent beings capable of understanding the universal laws governing that event.

  •  MICHIO KAKU, Hyperspace

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10 thoughts on “Children Of The Stars

  1. Love it…and that image is so beautiful. When Dr. KAKU said to realize that we are children of the stars is almost approaching a religious awakening, I personally think that when one realizes this connection, it IS an awakening.

    Astronaut Edgar Mitchell had this realization, too, during an Apollo 14 return flight to Earth. I have the video queued just before the part where Captain Mitchell shares his epiphany/awakening. http://youtu.be/9nnwvoH-4XI?t=10m34s (Dust that Sings)

    Carrie, thanks for another great post. ♥

    • omg, I LOVE this! I personally think that there is no reason the things God created (like us) cannot be also explained by science. I mean, why can’t I believe in the big bang and also believe that God created the big bang, right? thanks for the great comment!

    • well, who knows what’s the “right answer”, but personally, I beleive God created the universe, the super novas, and all the quantum mechanics, everything that scientists teach us, all that beautiful physics from the same God who created life and our humble planet! 😉

  2. Me too ! Here’s something I also believe… no matter how “we” try, as time passes, to somehow ultimately unlock all the mysteries in the universe and prove “we” have the ultimate mind, everything in the universe (whatever and wherever the universe is) is somehow already marvelously and forever connected; and always has been. God does not make mistakes. As the cliché goes, “How little ‘we’ really know.”

  3. I salute your blog for many reasons but the most significant reason is your honesty about a sensitive subject. Paraphrasing M. Scott Peck: “Extending oneself is a sign of deep love . . . and understanding.”

  4. …and it very impressive to know, that the atoms in your right hand are maybe from a different star than the atoms in your left hand…

    But to be polite here I will not start to discuss any unfounded belives (unicorn, god, easter bunny, tooth fairy…) 😉

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