" The Total Perspective Vortex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses.
" To explain---since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation---every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake.
" The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife.
" Trin Tragula---for that was his name---was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
" And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of fairy cake.
" "Have some sense of proportion!" she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day.
" And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex---just to show her.
" And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.
" To Trin Tragula's horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion. "
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How is ANY of this right or normal!?
He needs to be locked up for good. He's even ADMITTED that he's a peadophile, why has no one done anything about this!?
Search him, report him, get him banned, get him put away! People like this need killing! Nothing else will do!
+1 it, share it..... just get this pervert seen!
(BTW: The article doesn't say it, but the first thing in the stars video is Alpha Centauri.)
I've emailed my representatives through the below site, and I'm still a few months from voting age, so you've no excuse not to. Please stand up and fight for what truly is, no hyperbole, one of the most important issues yet to ever surface in American politics.
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We are fast approaching a worldwide metaphorical equivalent to a concept that Douglas Adams invented in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as one of his many extremely philosophical minor plot points used only to get the story moving along in his Hitchhiker series. This particular one is called the Total Perspective Vortex, and when you are put into this machine, "you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation and somewhere in it a tiny marker, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says 'You are here.'"; and this mind-blowing experience of the universe's scale and your insignificance literally blows your mind: it obliterates your soul (details here: https://plus.google.com/115771795158152103712/posts/579Ta4Y8xMJ). And SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER:SPOILER: the only person to ever survive it was a certain Zaphod Beeblebrox, only because he experienced it in a virtual universe made just for him (and identical to the real one): that is, he survived only because it told him he was most significant thing there, instead of the usual relation one has to the universe.
Today, with our vast access to our vast knowledge of the Universe, the world, history, and culture, we are living in what is kind of a half-formed, continuous, TPV existence. There are two ways to deal with it: either bite the bullet and allow your brain some mental pain, or try to ignore it and pretend you and your values are the center of everything. Many use a healthy ratio of both, which is what I recommend. However, some such as myself have trouble reducing our diet of ammo, and most importantly and scarily, a majority either skew toward or fully embrace ignorant narcissism. In my opinion, everything else that can be used to describe the current age just follows from there.
So I believe that post-postmodernism, our current culture, where we have to choose whether and how much to know about the world, should be called crignosism.
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