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Atoms aren’t just small: they’re really really small.
10^23 is an astonishingly large number. The number of grains of sand in all the beaches in the world is around 10^18. The number of stars in our galaxy is about 10^11. The number of stars in the entire visible Universe is probably around 10^22. And yet the
number of water molecules in a cup of tea is more than 10^23.
David Tong - Lecturer in statistical physics - University of Cambridge (via thecraftychemist)

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I look up — many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big — but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity.

That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you.

That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…

- Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson [ x ]

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Take a look at this image, You see embedded spirals of green, pinkish-orange, and blue? Incredibly, the green and the blue spiralsare the same color.

The reason they look different colors is because our brain judges the color of an object by comparing it to surrounding colors. In this…

An alternate version of my previous thought experiment “how do you know what blue is”? Instead of the philosophical aspect, this leans more towards the neurological aspect of how the brain perceives colors, or patterns in general. 

The fact that the brain automatically “fills in” certain things is prevalent in many different examples (for epmaxle, bneig albe to raed a seentnce as lnog as the fsirt and lsat ltretes are the smae), but this is the first time I’ve seen this particular visual to describe this phenomenon.

Again, the point I’d like to emphasize is that you can’t take everything you see at its face value. Or, alternatively, value/meaning lies in the eye of the beholder, and it varies among different people. Even something as mundane as blue might be “seen” differently by others.

This is why I tell people over and over again: you cannot trust what you see even with your own eyes. Your eyes are not cameras faithfully taking pictures of absolute truth of all that surrounds you. They have filters, and your brain has to interpret the jangled mess it gets fed. Colors are not what they appear, shapes are not what they appear, objects are not what they appear.

For the record, cameras have that problem too. Poor analogy. They have filters too, and some sensors interpret the jangled mess of visual information better than others >.>

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