Remember this little number?
That was one of Aristotle’s babies.
Aristotle was considered to be a bit of brainiac in his day. In fact, he was such a hot shot, and was/is so famous, that I doubt that anybody taking
the time to read this had to go look up his name.
He put the Earth at the center of the Universe. Not just the solar system, the whole freekin’ Universe.
As I understand it, he had some hard-core math and some pretty groovy models to ‘prove’ this theory.
People liked it. It passed the ‘common sense’ test, it seemed ‘logical’, the math worked, the models were cool… No Problems.
Time passed. Some folks came along who were every bit as brainy as good ol’ Aristotle, but perhaps just a bit more lazy. They discovered that if
you put the Sun here, move the Earth to there…. presto. The math gets easier, the models get simpler.
For them, it still passed the ‘common sense’ test, and it seemed just as ‘logical’ as the other scenario.
Lot of folks had some problems with this new fangled idea, but eventually most people finally pulled their heads out and began to accept this new
notion of the Sun is the center of the Universe.
More time passed. More folks came along and said ‘ya know what? We’re not at the center of the Universe at all. We’re way out near the edge
of the thing… in fact, we’re a rather insignificant little mud ball in the middle of nowhere.’
Again, it took a while, but most folks decided to pull their heads out and embrace this new notion.
Still More time passed, and this guy in a wheelchair who can’t even talk for himself but was considered to be one of the biggest brainiacs of all
time comes out and says ‘ya know what, YOU are the center of the Universe. And so is your Cat. And the Horse you both rode in on… And Alpha
Centuri, and any other point in space you wanna pick… they are ALL the center of the universe.’
He threw out phrases like “the universe is infinite yet bounded”… pretty heavy stuff, actually.
He made the comparison of the Universe to a big polka dot covered balloon… Stand on any polka dot and blow up the balloon, and All the other dots
seem to move away from you…. let the air out and ALL the polka dots seem to converge towards you, no matter which dot you stand on, you are Always
at the ‘center’.
There’s math, there’s models, a lotta people buy into his theories…
So, Aristotle was ‘right’ after all, the Earth really IS the center of the Universe.
Facts are fluid in motion, not stagnant stone.
Anybody up on their Bruce Lee? Water is stronger than Stone.
Never stop looking, never stop questioning, never rest. Reality doesn’t rest, why should you?