13 Scientific Reminders Of How Insignificant Humans Are

13 Scientific Reminders Of How Insignificant Humans Are

Humans like to think of themselves as important, influential members of the world. But when you really look at the scientific evidence, it's clear that we are actually quite insignificant. Our planet is just one tiny speck in a vast universe, and even our species is nothing compared to the multitude of other life forms on Earth. With this perspective in mind, it's easier to see how unimportant our everyday problems and concerns really are. In the grand scheme of things, they don't matter at all.

In 1958, an American astronomer named George Gamow published a book called "One Two Three... Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science." In it, he outlined what is now known as the Copernican Principle, which states that humans are not special in the grand scheme of things. This week, scientists reminded us of just how insignificant we are by announcing the discovery of a new planet that is located outside of our solar system. As exciting as this news may be, it once again highlights the fact that we still have a lot to learn about our universe. So while astronomers continue to explore the cosmos, let's remember that we're just tiny specs on a very large map.

More than half your body is not human Human cells only make up 43% of the cells in our bodies. The majority of cells? Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and archaea. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

Around 109 billion people have ever lived if you include the first Homo sapiens, the number goes up to 117 billion. (Let's hope ghosts don't exist to avoid the crowds.) 7% of all humans who have lived are alive today. CRACKED.COM

Source: PRB

The Sun takes up 99.8% of our solar system's mass. The yellow dwarf star (an average size for a star) is the most significant object in our solar system. Its gravity holds the whole thing together. CRACKED.COM

Source: NASA

Dark energy makes up 68% of the Universe Dark matter makes up another 27%. We don't know much about either. Everything else (including Earth and everything observed with instruments) makes up only 5%. CRACKED.COM

Source: NASA

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