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|Still, scientists believe ALMA will make transformational leaps possible in the understanding of the universe, enabling a hunt for so-called cold gas tracers, the ashes of exploded stars from a time about a few hundred million years after the Big Bang that astronomers call "cosmic dawn." ALMA's construction, said Jesús Mosterín, a prominent Spanish philosopher who writes about the frontier between science and philosophy, and who visited the observatory last year, is taking place at "the only time in history that windows into the universe are being thrown wide open"... "It would be very sad for humankind if we were so spiritually decadent to forgo the pleasures of consciousness and of knowledge," said Mr. Mosterín, reflecting on the funding choices political leaders need to make. "These things make human beings a very interesting animal indeed."|
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