13 Scientific Reminders Of How Insignificant Humans Are

Sometimes it's important to keep your problems in perspective.
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 is only one among 300 sextillion stars. Our solar system revolves around the incredibly insignificant star that's one in 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. And those are just the estimated stars in the observable universe. CRACKED.COM

Source: PMC

We don't know if the Universe is infinite or if multiverses exist Our Universe is only 13.8 billion years old so anyhing farther than 13.8 billion light years apart would be unknowable. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

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