I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.
These photographs of Titan were taken by the Cassini spacecraft during a flyby on September 27th, 2012. Titan is about 50% larger than our moon and 80% more massive. It has an atmosphere of methane, and rivers and lakes of liquid ethane on its surface. Titans atmosphere is being replenished by methane produced from its interior. There is strong evidence that Titan has subsurface oceans of liquid water underneath an icy external shell. Does this moon have a subsurface biosphere of methanogenic life?
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. Because the elements, the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today.
An extremely large group of sunspots has appeared in the southern hemisphere of the sun, and is currently oriented directly towards the Earth. The sunspot group, called AR 1520, is about 200 000 kilometers wide, 20 times the diameter of the Earth. As of July 11th, it has not released any solar flares, but has the potential energy to do so. The NOAA forecasts an 80% chance of an M-Class solar flare and a 15% chance of an X-Class flare within the next 24 hours. If a large flare does occur, it could disrupt communications, damage satellites, and cause power outages and auroras all over the planet.