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今日推荐开源项目:《歌词滚动 BesLyric-for-X》
今日推荐英文原文:《How to Make Sure Your Goals Don’t Fail》
开源日报第898期:《歌词滚动 BesLyric-for-X》
今日推荐开源项目:《歌词滚动 BesLyric-for-X》传送门:项目链接
推荐理由: BesLyric 是一款 操作简单、功能实用的,专门用于制作网易云音乐滚动歌词的歌词制作软件,而该项目为 BesLyric 的跨平台版本。与其花费一积分请人去做歌词,不如自己动手做一个。
今日推荐英文原文:《How to Make Sure Your Goals Don’t Fail》作者:Remy Awika
原文链接:https://medium.com/writers-blokke/how-to-make-sure-your-goals-dont-fail-588157bcccde
推荐理由:我们试图探索宇宙,为了数万光年外的某颗行星而激动万分,而对自身和脚下的星球还知之甚少。其实这也不冲突。

How to Make Sure Your Goals Don’t Fail

Science shows us what happens when you overreach

Isaac Asimov in 1980:

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Scientists work on mind-blowing theories. They have reached advancements that the public knows very little about. We’ve spent vast amounts of time and money on space exploration to understand our place in this universe. Our purpose.

We haste to find life on other planets yet we barely even understand our own.

Scientists are fascinated when they find planets 50,000 light-years away and rush to learn how they came to be and if they can sustain life. What is the point of such knowledge? If you consider the size of that distance, that we haven’t even put a man on Mars, the closest planet to ours along with Venus, we find ourselves excited about planets so far out of reach. Why?

How little we know about ourselves

Science focuses too much on the tip of the iceberg and ignores the hidden 90%. Some of the most astonishing modern discoveries can help you see that.

Recent independent studies have been learning about the natural phenomenons that occur on Earth. From the dust in our air to the changes in weather.

Did you know that the Amazon rainforests would not survive if it wasn’t for the dust from the Saharan desert in Africa?

50% if not more of the Earth’s oxygen supply comes from planktons in our oceans. Organisms that are invisible to the naked eye.

80% of the Earth’s atmosphere is made out of Nitrogen, an element we know little about. Our DNA mostly consists of it and we’re beginning to understand that it’s the most essential component for biological life.

There are animal species we haven’t explored. Pennies are spent on sea exploration. We understand little about the depth of our oceans, unexplored life forms and phenomenon.

What happens near the Earth’s core that gives life to everything? What forces lie under us that we still haven’t discovered?

Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1971, labelled the biggest step for humanity. What do we know about all the space missions that have happened since? We’ve seen pictures, came up with theories but we are only seeing a glimpse of what’s out there.

Did you know that the crew members of Apollo 11 left 96 weeks worth of faeces, vomit and urine on the surface of the moon? We went through all the trouble of going out there only to dump our filth. Classic!

NASA has a plan to recover it one day and see if our bacteria can thrive in space. An interesting theory 50 years in the making.

The internet was invented in the 60s as part of a military project. It took 30 years to make it public. By then, whoever owns the internet (which remains an unknown global monopoly) was able to control it. Otherwise, why give so much power to us little people?

Think of all the technologies that major corporations, governments posses that we are unaware of. They do it because they do not fully understand what they have. While we predict new technological features on our electronic devices, companies in the background are working on far more advanced technologies. What we use today has been available for decades if not more.

DNA was first discovered by Swiss chemist, Friedrich Miescher in the late 1860s. Science tells us that it was officially discovered by American scientists James Watson and Francis Crick in the 1950s. But DNA reached the public in 1986. The first thoughts were to cure naturally born diseases and of course modifying/cloning people. We forget that today, we understand less than 2% of DNA. Yet we rush to control and manipulate it when we don’t know the effects of our experiments. In the long run, how will this affect other lives on Earth?

Swiss physicist Nicolas Gisin found a way to teleport photons in the late 90s. Now that gets me excited but it’s not major news. Yes, we are still doing it with the tiniest element we know exists but at least the theory works. Nevertheless, unanswered questions remain. How far can we reach? how much energy would we need to do the same to a person? how can we harness such energy?

The more we unravel to more we begin to notice how connected everything in the universe is. We put in so much effort to find answers that we already had but lost over time.

Forgotten Knowledge

It took us hundreds of years to acquire a small percentage of the knowledge that existed in the past. How come today we are still learning how advanced ancient civilizations were when our modern buildings can barely survive an earthquake?

Science has taken the bold step of deciding which knowledge is true and which isn’t. When science fails to explain theories, they are disregarded, forgotten or considered myths. Scientists will tell you it’s because they don’t abide by the laws of science. But science isn’t linear. It’s a system created by men and similarly to us, has its limits. And like our universe, it’s forever expanding.

Philosophy and science are considered complex topics. If their language would be simplified, a lot more people will have access to the knowledge they hold. Philosophy is nothing more than a way of life and science is the study of that life. Both go hand in hand much more than people think, yet the language used has always been too complex for the average reader.

The Western world started looking into Eastern teachings. We’ve started accepting that there are forces in the universe that we didn’t bother considering or understanding. Eastern cultures are more connected to the world because their ideas stretch beyond the limitations of science.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in a decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. — Nikola Tesla

The Takeaway

Setting goals for yourself is essential to guarantee success. Don’t make the same mistake of overreaching. Make simple, attainable goals for yourself and grow them bigger as you grow better.

Influencers will tell you to discover yourself, understand who you are, your place in the world, yet we are so caught up in everyday life that we forget to look around.

It’s a human weakness to overreach. We want it all but prefer to take shortcuts and ignore what we can’t explain.

We neglect the most important part of learning, that we need time to understand and master anything.

We learn to reach for the stars but for someone out there, we are a star worth reaching.


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