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mythology meme: [3/4] locations
↳ mount olympos
In Ancient Greece, the highest peak of Mount Olympos, Mytikas, was thought to be the home of the gods, the most important of whom were the Dodekatheon, alternatively known as the Twelve Olympians – Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Ares, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Demeter, Hephaestus or Hades, Hermes, and Dionysus or Hestia. The Dodekatheon held council and decided matters of the world at the palace of Zeus.
Radio and television broadcasting may be only a brief passing phase in our technological development. When we imagine alien civilizations broadcasting signals with radio telescopes, are we any different from earlier generations who imagined riding cannon shells to the moon? Civilizations even slightly more advanced than ours may have already moved on to some other mode of communication, one that we have yet to discover or even imagine. Their messages could be swirling all around us at this very moment, but we lack the means to perceive them just as all of our ancestors, up to a little more than a century ago, would have been oblivious to the most urgent radio signal from another world.
But there’s another more troubling possibility: Civilizations, like other living things, may only live so long before perishing due to natural causes, or violence, or self-inflicted wounds. Whether or not we ever make contact with intelligent alien life may depend on a critical question: What is the life expectancy of a civilization?
- Episode 11: The Immortals, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Now, almost one hundred years later, it is difficult to fully appreciate how much our picture of the universe has changed in the span of a single human lifetime.
As far as the scientific community in 1917 was concerned, the universe was static and eternal, and consisted of a one single galaxy - our Milky Way - surrounded by vast, infinite, dark, and empty space.
This is, after all, what you would guess by looking up at the night sky with your eyes, or with a small telescope - and at the time there was little reason to suspect otherwise.”
Life, just like the stars, the planets and the galaxies, is just a temporary structure on the long road from order to disorder.
But that doesn’t make us insignificant, because we are the cosmos made conscious. Life is the means by which the universe understands itself.
And for me, our true significance lies in our ability to understand and explore this beautiful universe.
-Professor Brian Cox
I w i l l n o t c r i n g e f o r t h e m.