Wednesday 13 August 2008
Meaning of Life Stuff.........
I thought I'd been through this phrase when I was a teenager or a student.
Hours contemplating why we are here, what it's all about and religion.
I must have shelved it all for a decade by being busy. Damn busy.
But now it's all come back to haunt me and I feel like there is a hamster in a wheel going around my head 24/7. Torture.
I wake up ...why am I here? What will I do today of any great consequence?
Why does anyone do anything? Why have children? Why not have children? Will the planet survive? Does my life mean anything at all?
On and on and on.
So I bought a book. Why not? It's called...The Language of God - A scientist presents evidence for belief.
I need evidence.
So far,it's a head spin.
Here's a few factoids to keep you going :
1. In the early moments of the universe following the Big Bang, matter and antimatter were created in almost equivalent amounts. The symmetry was not quite precise - if it had been the universe would have dissolved into pure radiation.
2. If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in 100 thousand million, the universe would have collapsed before it reached its present size.
3. If the rate had been greater by even one part in a million, stars and planets could not form.
4. The nuclear force appears to be tuned just sufficiently for carbon to form - critical for life forms on earth. Had the force been more attractive, the carbon would have been converted to oxygen.
I am only on chapter 4 but somehow I am finding comfort in science and rationality rather than pure faith at the moment.
Posted by Joanna Benn at 11:12