Thursday Transcendence

I’ll post another update tomorrow, but in the meantime, I came across two videos that were too wonderful not to share:

• First, this montage of stunning moments from the documentary series Planet Earth, with music by the band Sigur Ros;

• and then, this video: a recording of Carl Sagan reading his immortal “Reflections on a Mote of Dust” speech from the book Pale Blue Dot – his words in his voice, set to a slideshow of pictures of the Earth from space.

If you can watch either of these and not get choked up, you’re a stronger person than I am.

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  • Charles

    …a recording of Carl Sagan reading his immortal “Reflections on a Mote of Dust” speech from the book Pale Blue Dot…

    I could watch that billions and billions of times…

    (Sorry Carl. I realize it was actually Johnny Carson that said “billions and billions”.)

  • Katie M

    I think you’ll be pleased to know . . . I am not a stronger person than you are.

  • Valhar2000

    Charles wrote:

    (Sorry Carl. I realize it was actually Johnny Carson that said “billions and billions”.)

    Actually, Sagan did write the phrase “billions and billions” in the introduction to one of his books. Before doing so, he explained that he had never used that phrase before, and that he would only do it that one time because everyone kept asking him about it. I thought that passage was quite funny.

  • Katie M

    I believe that book was entitled . . . Billions and Billions :)

  • Sarah Braasch

    Katie M,

    You LOVE the Carl.

    (I do too.)


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