Life is the means by which the universe understands itself. ~Brian Cox
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Full quote (from the 'Wonders of the Universe' TV series):
Just as we and all life on earth stand on this tiny speck adrift in infinite space, so life in the universe will only exist for a fleeting bright instant in time. Because life, just like the stars, planets, and galaxies, is just a temporary structure on the long road from order to disorder. But that doesn't make us insignificant, because we are the cosmos made conscious. Life is the means by which the universe understands itself.
The background image is the K61 planetary nebula.