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February 24, 2022

I'll be talking about cosmology - the field that studies the origin and evolution of the universe. Cosmology deals with spatial and time scales that transcends far beyond what we're used to in day to day life. I'm going to talk about how the cosmological knowledge of the universe has applications to the everyday person. I'll talk about how the vast time and spatial scales in this particular field don't diminish the troubles or achievements in an individual's life, rather amplifies them. Such "insignificance" of the own lives in the grand scheme of things (on the cosmological scale) gives agency and can alleviate the unease that arises from the inevitable shortcomings in the daily lives. I'm a junior astrophysics major at Rice. I've performed research in cosmology for about a year and a half now and have given presentations on the topic before at symposia. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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