i've always loved cosmology and am interested to the point of obsession in the not unrelated topics of consciousness and artificial intelligence.
The sheer vastness of the cosmos is mind boggling, but even more so the fact that there are entities within it who can contemplate it's magnificence. Some interpretations of quantum mechanics posit a special role for consciousness in the process of quantum measurement, the wave function collapse for example.
it's as if the that riddle about 'If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' could be applied to the entire universe.
Oh, and shine on you crazy diamond, cool.