SO ever since I was a young child, I have had this image stuck in my head that we (the earth) are part of a cell that is part of another, bigger
'thing'. That this pattern is repeated over and over right down to the smallest atom.
If you were to look at the structure of a cell and compare it to the universe, you will see what I mean. I have come to find out that I am obviously
not the first to have this thought, as once you see it, it is an obvious comparison.
I am not saying that this is what I believe by any means, but I think it stresses to me what I DO believe: that our whole universe is connected and a
closed system. You can look at the smallest example of an ecosystem and then expand that a few hundred-thousand times. Somewhat like the butterfly
affect. Although it may be too small to measure, it is still there.
I bring this up, because whenever I read these types of sudies, I can't help but think "duh!". The problem is that we tend to think of things only in
how they impact US in OUR lifetimes (or even the whole of human history). We have to understand that the core of this earth has been going through a
process for possibly hundreds of millions of years, so to try and figure out what is going on now, one has to extropolate back to the
begining....which of course we can't quite do. (we don't even know when that was!!!)
Another way would be to look at other systems or planets similar to our own. To do this though, we would first have to have a better understanding of
what we are actually looking for to compare to.
Basically....we don't know crap.
We are WAY to young to even begin to understand or comprehend what is right under our feet. It is all guess work
boosted with a bit of science that is brand spankin new.
Those that 'know' me here on ATS know how I love to explore all these ideas and discussions, but at the same time I have come to accept the FACT that
we don't know crap.
having come to that conclusion I can now go about my day a little more stress free. While I still LOVE the science and
theories and discussions, I know there is nothing to actually be done about it except try and be prepared for the unexpected as much as possible,
enjoy this precious life I have been given and know that I am only along for the ride. But what a great ride it is!
edit on 25-5-2011 by
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