Cosmic Connections

“The cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

Carl Sagan
The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean (1980) – Cosmos (Episode 1)

“If, then, I identify my self exclusively with my body, I separate it from the whirl of energy which “grew” me and, for that matter, is still growing me with its light, heat, air and water. Yet if I identify my self with the whole whirl (which would be perfectly reasonable) people would say, “Who the hell do you think you are? You don’t run the universe.” To which I reply, “Who the hell do you think you are? You don’t know how your brain works. You haven’t the faintest idea how you shaped your skeleton.” It is, then, just as reasonable to say that my self is the whole whirl as to say that it is just this particular body, for I don’t consciously manage either. I don’t warm up the galaxy. I don’t design my nervous system. It happens, and I happen. My self does not manage itself as if it were something outside itself like an automobile or a typewriter. So if I don’t manage my self – if only defined as this body – there is no reason why I shouldn’t define myself as the whole universe. Considering all, the latter definition is far more reasonable. Furthermore, it seems obvious that the universe is a system which, by means of living bodies, becomes aware of itself”

Alan Watts
The Reality of Reincarnation (1972) – Cloud-Hidden Whereabouts Unknown

“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.”

Bill Hicks
Revelations (1992)

The images are taken from this New York Times graphic which compares a computer simulation of the Universe with an image of the neurons in a mouse’s brain cell.