Hidden Miracles of the Natural World

This is the little video we watched in class on Thursday.  Feel free to comment on it or just watch it again.  Lots more cool videos and TED talks to come!




7 thoughts on “Hidden Miracles of the Natural World

  1. I enjoyed this video a lot. Artistically, I thought it was beautifully done. It’s an all-encompassing look at the ordinary and extraordinary things that we’re unable to detect. I agree with the speaker, Louie Schwartzberg, when he says that being able to access these unseen parts of our world can inspire us to go out and explore more of what’s around us. Videos like this remind us that there are things around us constantly happening that are easily dismissed or left undetected. But for all of the amazing things we can’t see with the naked eye, there are thousands more that we can see that are just as unique and amazing. I think that everyone should be reminded once in a while to go out and find inspiration in something in the natural world, however common or uncommon it may be.

  2. It’s amazing how intricate and beautiful the most minute things in the world are. Watching this TED talk really makes you take a step back and think about what is going on around you. Because these things are not readily visible by our eyes, we can tend to forget about them. The beauty and grace displayed in this film is humbling and allows you to think about things in a whole new light. I know that every time I see a dragonfly now I will think about how it’s wings are moving and how sophisticated it’s flying is. It’s also amazing to see the technological advances and the range of vision that modern microscopes have in this video. It opens up unlimited possibilities in the medical and scientific fields. It’ll be very interesting to see how these technologies are used in the future.

  3. This video is so stunning, the first time I watched it it gave me chills! The TED talk portrays the dichotomy of the extremes of nature in such a beautiful and expansive way. There is so much in this world that we don’t know about, because we can’t see it or we merely don’t take the time out of our lives to observe it. When taking these sort of things and bringing them to the middle ground where our limited senses can comprehend makes the world seem as if it magical or fantastical, but then we realize that this magical and fantastical world is the world that we live in, which just makes it that much more interesting.

  4. As a person would watches TED talks of all types regularly, this is one of my favorites. The first time I saw this particular TED talk was a few years back in an earth science course. I was amazed at how when we magnify things to the extreme how different they become in the world within the world we know. The time we viewed this in class did not change that for me at all. One of my favorite things when watching this TED talk are the mixed reactions from the viewer; the reaction can include just blank staring to wide eye amazement to vocal disgust to the images. I think this time around the most common reaction was the vocal disgust but also the realization that all this things are alive and on earth today. That is the most powerful message the fact that we share the earth with other living organisms and we need to show it.

  5. It blew my mind that a spiders silk thread is stronger than steal and completely elastic. The silk is also 100 times thinner than a human’s hair and in that silk there are bacteria. Thats unreal. Wow.

  6. My mind was blown at how far we have come with technology. Those advancements that allows us to see the super micro organisms we have not seen or learned about yet and slo-mo capabilities to understand how organisms function will further improve our capabilities to push our technology to a new level than ever before!!! I look forward to the next couple of years when they apply those findings to our lives!

  7. I really enjoyed this video, although I’ve always loved time lapse videos. I’ve never thought about why I enjoy them so much, but when Schwartsberg spoke about “being unaware of things too small for us to see” I figured that was probably why I find things like this fascinating, because I always want to know more. Of course, I’ve only ever been curious about space, wondering about what distant planets might be out there, but I’ve neglected the things around me that might prove just as fascinating and unknown to me. This video was an interesting insight into what you might get to see by looking around just a little more.

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