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The picture below was taken on Valentine’s Day 1990 by Voyager 1.  Notice the tiny blue dot in the sunbeam…

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I’ll let Carl Sagan take it from here…

We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

[…] To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

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Naval Ravikant is one of my favorite thinkers.  I put him right up there with Buffett and Munger (among others).  His original podcast with Tim Ferriss (link) is one of my all time favorites.

Lucky for us, Naval is back with another great podcast – this time with Shane Parrish on the Farnam Street Blog (link).

Like his interview with Tim Ferriss, this interview is long (2 hours), wide-ranging, and full of interesting nuggets that will make you think.

Enjoy.

Farnam Street Blog: Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Honesty and More

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Agnotology – culturally constructed ignorance, created by special interest groups to create confusion and suppress the truth in a societally important issue. It is especially useful to sow seeds of doubt in complex scientific issues by publicizing inaccurate or misleading data.

See Also:

  • Big Tobacco
  • Iraq has WMD
  • Global Warming is a Hoax
  • Vaccines cause Autism

Sources:

http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-27/culturally-constructed-ignorance-wins-the-day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnotology

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” is a gospel blues song written and performed by American musician Blind Willie Johnson and recorded in 1927. The song is primarily an instrumental featuring Johnson’s self-taught bottleneck slide guitar and picking style accompanied by his vocalizations of humming and moaning. It has the distinction of being one of 27 samples of music included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977 to represent the diversity of life on Earth.”

I heard somewhere that this is Jack White’s favorite blues song.  I bet Blind Willie Johnson never imagined his song would be recorded on gold and sent to the heavens.  Nice work NASA.

 

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The Voyager 1 probe is currently the farthest human made object from Earth. Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space, the region between stars where the galactic plasma is present.[3] Like their predecessors Pioneer 10 and 11, which featured a simple plaque, both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched by NASA with a message aboard — a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate to extraterrestrials a story of the world of humans on Earth:

This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.

— President Jimmy Carter
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This is a great podcast.  At 2 hours and 15 minutes it’s a long one but worth it.  In fact, I’m going to listen to it again.  Naval’s thoughts, reflections, advice, and recommendations all really resonated with me – I’ve even started reading some of the books he mentions.

Check it out for yourself here: The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice

While you’re there check out some of Tim’s other interviews – you’re bound to find something that interests you.

The Tim Ferriss Show with Naval Ravikant

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant