A reasonable theory that the universe itself is merely the latest universe in a cyclical series of universal booms and busts, and why not? Why should anything be immune to the life-death-life cycle which underlines all existences we have experience of, from galaxies to solar systems to planets to the creatures on them?
Change over time is one general law
Life-death-life is another
(economic cycles as well, the bubbles that blow up and burst around us all the time, follow the same pattern)
Everything we see in this world experiences change over time. This equation defines life on our planet. Evolution is also change over time, where the values of both change and time are very large. For some people, this simple formula is hard to understand
the theory described here seems to suggest that depression is a manifestation of brain-rewiring after stressful or traumatic events, a symptom of recovery and healing. makes me wonder if any number of so-called ailments are really healings gone awry – one theory of chronic fatigue syndrome, for example, blamed it on an immune system overcompensating against a retrovirus. the immune system is attempting to heal and causing more problems than it is solving. this fits in nicely with my theory that “the leading cause of problems is solutions”
Courtesy of my nephew’s Lichtenblog
an atheist, liberal and faithful male is the smartest and bestest – yay. of course next week’s “scientific research” will prove the opposite.
amusing bit in there linking religion and paranoia as a good thing
to go along with my theory that “it’s hard to make hard things easy, because hard things are hard”, here is a discussion of how Darwinism is often as simplistic as Creationism, in that, whatever the subject, you can always make up a story to explain it – but the world is not so simple. Oftentimes it seems to me that science, as well as religion, involves a failure of the imagination
it’s not just the new slogan of Safeway stores, it’s also one of my top pet peeves: This article trumpets Ingredients for Life are present on one of Saturn’s moons. Meaning, of course, chemicals which are also found on Earth, because of course “life” means “life as we know it”. In the future life will have to be redefined completely as scientists discover that “life” is the nature of the universe and is vastly different from one location to another. In the meantime, we have to put up with this nonsense interminably
neurotrash is the title of this blog post by a scientist castigating non-scientists for their non-scientific use of science, those who blow up pseudo-technical terms and weave them into general pronouncements and cash cows of hype.
The author himself seems to fall into this very category, taking his scientific knowledge and putting it to use in the service of cheerleading for homo sapiens (The human world is an entirely new realm created by all the means we have of joining attention and consciousness. It is unknown to nature …). I wonder who he thinks he is talking to? Is he trying to impress termites or jellyfish with the wonders of mankind? Why is there this tendency to gloat about the greatness of mankind every time somebody puts two and two together? Is the natural world not amazing enough as it is and are we not a part of it?
And why put other people down for mis-using science when you turn around and do the same thing yourself? I respect his knowledge, and his essay is very interesting, up until that point, but I don’t really need to be preached at about the incredibleness that is us, especially when I find this column in a blog along such other headlines as laws legalizing the murder of homosexuals (yay us) and the moral justification of war.
O wonderful species, keep telling yourself that. Nobody else is listening.
Very worth reading this chat with one of the greatest scientists of all time