Based on the latest scientific estimate, our universe is 13.8 billion years old.
I don’t know about you, but over the past decade, I’ve been especially fascinated by the cosmos. If you’re over 30 years old, it’s almost like cosmic curiosity didn’t exists when we grew up. Perhaps I was a bit sheltered by a religious upbringing, but in high school, the narrative around space only focused on our own solar system. I don’t even remember talking about our place within the Milky Way galaxy.
This now feels like such a myopic perspective based on what we’ve learned. As scientific understandings expand, I can’t help but to wonder…
✨ How is our evolving understanding of the universe objectively taught to kids?
📚 What are educational paths to astrophysics?
☯ Can cosmology and religion co-exist?
⚖️ At what point does arguing become a waste of time?
🧫 Can biotech pause, protect, or extend humans for space travel?
⚫️ How long would it take to arrive at the closest black hole? Who’s going in first?
🧠 How might the field of psychology better prepare us for the neon future?
💭 Does digitized consciousness unlock time travel by leaving the limitations of a human body behind?
💾 Where does quantum computing fit into the landscape of cosmic exploration?
👽 It seems statistically impossible that extraterrestrial life does not exist.
⏳ If life on earth has only existed ~25% of the total time our universe has existed, that sure leaves a lot of time for distant civilizations to evolve.
🧭 Considering the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, do we know how fast our solar system is moving and in what direction?
⚡️ Unless it’s to find a more sustainable source, it feels careless to fuel energy using resources that won’t last.
🧬 Can nanotechnology alter the input of an energy source at a subatomic level to dramatically transform the output?
🧪 Will material science support deeper exploration?
🪐 Visiting, even colonizing Mars feels like an important exercise, but somehow starts to feel trivial.
🔭 Does seeing deeper fuel urgency?
🌌 Action may require sacrifice, so how can we encourage and celebrate those who lead the way?
These are extraordinary things to think about, but such concentration can quickly feel overly theoretical. In practice, perpetual learning, comfort within complexity, and a willingness to think again feels essential. Through such a curious lens, perhaps the most significant opportunity we have, is to aspire toward an existence which exceeds our imagination.
I talk often about collaboration in business and within entrepreneurial ecosystems, but when we put our delicate existence into perspective, it’s hard to think that anything besides collaboration allows us to survive.