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Luminet, Jean-Pierre

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Télérama - France | 19/12/2007

Jean-Pierre Luminet considers that the night is a space for philosophy

Michel Abescat interviews the astrophysicist Jean-Pierre Luminet on the effect city lights have on the night. "For astronomers it is dramatic. Everything is lit up now, artificially. On a deeper level, we are running a big risk of collectively loosing touch with the universe in which we live. There are city dwellers today who have never seen the Milky Way. Is someone who has never contemplated the sky as it actually is aware that a fundamental dimension of human experience escapes them ? It was probably the gaze of cave man that triggered the first big metaphysical questions. ... If artificial lighting gradually effaces the stellar panorama of the night, a gigantic loss of meaning will occur."

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