Of Cells And Stars: As Above So Below..

Have you ever wondered how the really big picture and our own little lives and concerns fit together? What effect can we really have on something so big as the universe, or the many universes? How can the big things that go on in the universe show us about what goes on in our little lives? This site aims to explore those relationships, how all is one, and how we can use that information for making choices in our global future, health, wellness, and understanding of life.

Had I not expressed my deep love of nature from the smallest to the largest by becoming a biologist, I may have studied astrophysics. And though cells are not the smallest and stars are not the largest units of life they point to the two extremes.
All cells are beautiful, intelligent little lives, however if I have a favourite type of cell it would be the neuron – the nerve cell – and I was fortunate to spend many years in a neurobiology research team studying them. Some of my most joyful times at work were spent gazing down the microscope at these marvelous little communicators lit up by fluorescent tracers. Then at home at night I’d sit and look at the stars, galaxies and nebulae overhead and see the same divine beauty reflected on a much larger scale. Just as the energy of the stars criss-crosses space in a network of information to all the worlds, so too does the information-laden energy of the nerves criss-cross throughout our living bodies.

Light and Life: One, and through all. As Above So Below.

About the Cells To Universes header image:

It is a composite which I created in Photoshop to convey the continuity of all living forms at all levels and times, which includes the stars and galaxies.

The nerve cell on the left is a neuron stained to fluoresce under the microscope. I have so far been unable to trace the origins of this photo which I found on Google images. Thanks to the microscopist wherever you are!

Thanks to NASA, ESA and STScI for the two photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, as follows:

In the centre is a panorama of galaxies representing over 12 billion years of cosmic history, a picture which has been inspiring me for the last two years.
Credits: Anton Koekemoer (STScI), Rogier Windhorst, Seth Cohen, Matt Mechtley and Michael Rutkowski (Arizona State University), Robert O’Connell (University of Virginia), Patrick McCarthy (Carnegie Observatories), Nimish Hathi (University of California, Riverside), Russell Ryan (University of California, Davis), Haojing Yan (Ohio State University)

On the far right is the magnificent spiral of young stars in NGC 3603 in the constellation Carina, 20,000 light years away.
Credits: Robert O’Connell (University of Virginia), Francesco Paresce (National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna), Erick Young (Universities Space Research Association)

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NGC 3603
Galaxy panorama


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