“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” Stephen Hawking
what presumption. what a frightful conceit. i do not belive in man’s idea of god or gods, but i would never presume that we are the only ones to understand, the universe.
nasa year of the solar system, starts this month.
|con·ceit http://img.tfd.com/m/sound.swf (kn-st)
1. A favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one’s own abilities or worth.
2. An ingenious or witty turn of phrase or thought.
a. A fanciful poetic image, especially an elaborate or exaggerated comparison.
b. A poem or passage consisting of such an image.
a. The result of intellectual activity; a thought or an opinion.
b. A fanciful thought or idea.
a. A fancy article; a knickknack.
b. An extravagant, fanciful, and elaborate construction or structure: “An eccentric addition to the lobby is a life-size wooden horse, a 19th century conceit” (Mimi Sheraton).
tr.v. con·ceit·ed, con·ceit·ing, con·ceits
1. Chiefly British To take a fancy to.
2. Obsolete To understand; conceive.
[Middle English, mind, conception, from Anglo-Norman conceite, from Late Latin conceptus; see concept.]
Synonyms: conceit, egoism, egotism, narcissism, vanity
These nouns denote excessive high regard for oneself: boasting that reveals conceit; imperturbable egoism; arrogance and egotism that were obvious from her actions; narcissism that shut out everyone else; wounded his vanity by looking in the mirror.
- NASA 2011 Year in Review (scienceblog.com)
- Stephen Hawking: “I Think About Women The Most” (geekologie.com)
- Stephen Hawking visits “special” club (malburns.wordpress.com)
- Stephen Hawking misses 70th birthday event – Sydney Morning Herald (news.smh.com.au)