1616 Galileo Banned from Teaching

Today in 1616, Galileo – one of the few greats of science for whom one name is all that is needed, along with Einstein, Newton, Beyonce – was formally banned from teaching his heretical theories by the Catholic Church.

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What do we learn from this? Never resist the power of a totalitarian authority that has existed for thousands of years and will exist for probably thousands more. They’re always right. Nothing ever comes of it in the end.

No.

Nothing.

A stellar-mass black hole in orbit with a companion star located about 6,000 light years from Earth.
Black holes

The present ideological system has all the power. Why bother fighting it?

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Earth, seen by the Voyager spacecraft

After all, true beauty and actual truth can’t be found out there in the world. True beauty is found in just accepting what we already know is true and just running with that, dammit.

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Earthrise

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate

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