Thursday, September 11, 2008

12 Million Light Years from the Edge

TED Talk - Michael Schermer
We re-stumbled onto Michael Schermer’s TED talk on Why People Believe Strange Things and ran into Katie Melua’s 9 Million Bicycles (in Bejing) again (see previous post). (Two different threads meet up. Love that.) At the end of the talk Schermer talks about how the lyric “We are twelve billion light years from the edge, that’s guess. No one can ever say it’s true. But I know that I will always be with you” is not really true because we do know how far from the (visible) edge of the universe we are. We are about 13.7 billion light years from the visible edge. Don’t you feel safer now?

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