Thursday, December 25, 2014

We Originated in the Belly of a Star

“Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not 'you.' The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

- Sergio Toporek


  1. That is a wonderful quote. If only more humans would stop to contemplate it, or even allow themselves to believe it.

    1. Mike FiresmithDecember 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM
      It's as stunningly in its simplicity as it is staggering in its truth. I love it too, Rod!!!

  2. If I'm "99.9999999999999999%" empty space, does that mean the bathroom scale lies?