Category Archives: THE WORLD
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.
- 1:30 pm: Origin of the Proconsul and the Ramapithecus, probable ancestors of humans.
- 10:30 pm: First human being appears.
- 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.
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:
- Alchemy can change lead into gold, is able to create the philosopher’s stone and the life elixir.
- The Earth is 6,000 years old.
- The Atom is the smallest particle in the Universe.
- Heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones.
- 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,
- 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.
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, its surface, is only 41 miles (66 kilometers) thick; thinner than the skin of an apple, relatively speaking.
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?
… it would look something like this:
Link to the site: http://www.miniature-earth.com/
I found this idea pretty creative and it seems to be very effective. It is based in getting support for humanitarian causes through small messages that work as personal signatures in our daily sent emails.
It’s really simple, you just have to go to the replyforall webpage, register yourself and choose the cause you want to support:
- find a cure for cancer,
- stop global AIDS,
- defend animal rights,
- fight global warming,
- and a lot more.
You also need to choose your email provider (right now it only works with Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail), a type of signature and finally add your personal info.
Yes, it is that simple.
This image explains it all:
You may have seen the Forbes Annual Billionaires List many times, but have you ever wondered which place would you take in the World’s Wealth List?
If you want to find out just click the bag of money and I can assure you… you’ll be surprised.
Only 9 days left for Earth Hour 2009. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, at 8:30 pm on March 28 we must turn the lights off for an hour.
Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007, and in 2008, 35 countries and more than 370 cities joined the cause. This year 1,760 cities in 80 countries have commited to vote for our planet.
If you turn off the lights, you will be voting for Earth. The goal is to reach the target of 1 billion votes and present them at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhangen where official government policies will be determined against global warming.
Join! and remember: