posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 11:49 PM
And people wonder why I get "disrespectful" - get curt and snide with those who attack the scientific method when their pet theories don't pan out
under critical inquiry or threaten to kick them off their geocentric ego. How many of our forefathers stared up at the night sky in wonderment and
ached with desire to know what lay beyond the void... and for the first time in history that we know of, possibly (though unlikely) the first time in
the history of the universe... a species, our species, can even attempt to grasp a fleeting glimmer of an infinity (in practical terms) more majestic
and awe inspiring than anything our language or imaginations could conjure.
What honor... what privilege... to be among the first generations of our species to touch the very mind of god. How ungrateful and boorish, to slap in
the face not only men and women who provided that gift - but all our forefathers who drew their terminal breaths with all that wonder unfulfilled -
that awe just beyond their grasp.
... and that's just the tip of the iceberg. You could double the length of that film in OP if we scaled down to the size of elementary particles. And
easily four times as large as the video shown if scaled out to the estimated actual size of the universe. That was just the observable universe in the
video. It's still expanding, exponentially as you get farther away. The edge of the observable universe is the point at which the space between the
Earth and that point of observable edge where just beyond - the rate of expansion between those two points starts to exceed the speed of light. Light
emitted our planet from a star beyond the of what we can observe will never stop traveling, but will never reach us. On the smallest scale, the
distance between the electron shell of an atom and it's nucleus is comparable to a house fly on the center of a football stadium's 50 yard line in
relation to the tip of a flag hanging from the window of a tailgater's car in the parking lot. Go outside and grab a palm-sized rock and smash it
against your thumb... and try to understand that the pain you feel is resultant from the collision of almost entirely empty space.
And almost everything you see in that video... every star, every planet, every nebula, every galaxy... all consisting of matter, which itself is only
a trace constituent of the whole.
And when you're done pondering that... ponder this...
Steve Grand points out that you and I are, ourselves, more like a wave than a permanent thing. He invites us, the reader, to "think of an
experience from your childhood -- something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After
all, you really were there at the time, weren't you? How else would you remember it? But here is the bombshell: You weren't there. Not a single atom
that is in your body today was there when that event took place. Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever
you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made. If that doesn't make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again
until it does, because it is important.
A quote taken from Richard Dawkin's TED speech "Queerer than we can suppose". Itself is a reference to J.B.S. Haldane's quote:
"Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. I suspect that there are
more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of, or can be dreamed of, in any philosophy."
[edit on 18-12-2009 by Lasheic]