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ten the same ones I would ask. That’s what we do with the show. We go straight to heart of the matter and take on very central question
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now, but we have a vague idea. I can talk about the edge of our knowledge and that raises the questions that we all ask.
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nd finite life in an infinite universe? That, ultimately, is the only question that I’m interested in.
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There’s a sequence where I say exactly that in the show. Why is the Earth the way it is?
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o is important if you’re trying to think about our place in the universe. You have to understand there’s a lo
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mple, we do know we are very small. But there’s nothing we can do about that. I struggle with that sometimes.
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nius, with the most amazing mind. Every single question he asks about the universe so long ago is correct.