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Shocking numbers #1

50% of the world’s wealth is distributed among 2% of the world’s population.

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December 31st on the Cosmic Calendar

To complement the previous post about Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar, I here add what happened on December 31st, the last day of the year.

December 31st

  • 1:30 pm: Origin of the Proconsul and the Ramapithecus, probable ancestors of humans.
  • 10:30 pm: First human being appears.reloj
  • 11:00 pm: Use of stone tools.
  • 11:46 pm: Domestication of fire.
  • 11:56 pm: Most recent glacial period.
  • 11:59:20 pm: Invention of agriculture.
  • 11:59:50 pm: Great discoveries on astronomy.
  • 11:59:52 pm: Alphabet invention, Hammurabic legal codes.
  • 11:59:53 pm: Bronze metallurgy, compass invention, Trojan War, Olmec culture.
  • 11:59:54 pm: Iron metallurgy, Kingdom of Israel.
  • 11:59:55 pm: Birth of Buddha and Confucious, Ch’in Dynasty China, Periclean Athens.
  • 11:59:56 pm: Euclidean geometry, Archimedean physics, Ptolemaic astronomy, Greek Olympic games, Roman Empire, Birth of Christ.
  • 11:59:58 pm: Mayan civilization, Sung Dynasty China, Byzantine empire, Mongol invasion, Crusades.
  • 11:59:59 pm: Voyages of discovery from Europe and from Ming Dynasty China, Columbus lands in America, Renaissance in Europe.
  • Today, first second of the new year: Beginning of modern culture, science and technology development, French revolution, World War I, World War II, Apollo lands on the moon, spacecraft planetary exploration, search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

All wars, inventions, discoveries, kings, revolutions, independences, and all the written history of humankind happens in the las 10 seconds of December 31st.

This makes me wonder what is important in life. We have been here for a really short period of time.

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5 Wrong Theories in Old Science

Humanity has gone through  many studies and thousands of discoveries so we could know what we know today. But not everything has been easy, numerous theories and hypothesis turned out to be wrong thanks to the perseverance, intuition and curiosity of great scientists that brought them down.

With this said, I number 5 theories that long ago were thought to be absolute truths but we now know are far from being facts:

  1. Alchemy can change lead into gold, is able to create the philosopher’s stone and the life elixir.
  2. The Earth is 6,000 years old.
  3. The Atom is the smallest particle in the Universe.
  4. Heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones.
  5. The liver is the organ who is in charge of sending blood to the entire body.

The statements above were firmly believed. This is one of the main reasons why we must not be surprised if what we think today turns out not to be true in a near future. That’s why it is really important to constantly:

  • break paradigms,
  • refuse any type of dogma,
  • think outside the box,
  • innovate,
  • question what has been stipulated by others or by ourselves, and
  • always keep questioning.

Finally, I would like to bring out this video in which Steve Jobs shares a couple of thoughts with Stanford’s graduated students in 2005. If you haven’t seen it, it will definitely leave you a couple of things to think about, and if you have already seen it, it’s worth watching it again.

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How far is it to the center of the Earth?

The distance from the surface of the Earth to its center is about 3,963 miles (6,378 kilometers). The planet is mainly fluid. The solid part of the Earth, manzanaits surface, is only 41 miles (66 kilometers) thick; thinner than the skin of an apple, relatively speaking.

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Food, Inc. I Want to See it

As it seems this movie will make us open our eyes to see what’s behind and how the food industry really works.

TakePart has developed many documentaries with the purpose of promoting an eco-friendly culture and social equity. It has developed works like An Inconvenient Truth, Angels in the Dust, Darfur Now and The Visitor.

Some ideas to think about and consider that will be exposed in the film:

  • Food nowadays is no longer produced in farms but it is instead produced in factories.
  • Fruits and vegetables seasons no longer exist. You can find tangerines in summer and mangos in winter. The cost and environmental pollution of their importation are just part of the problem.
  • The profit of food companies is in many cases much more important than the health of the final consumers.

Below a taste of what we’ll see:

According to this link it will come out in the summer in the United States, I hope it soon gets to Mexico.

After seeing this film, will we all become vegetarians?

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Whenever you feel you have the whole world in your hands or if on the other hand your problems overwhelm you too much, just push the red button:

red button

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If the world’s population were reduced to 100…

… it would look something like this:

Link to the site: http://www.miniature-earth.com/

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