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Putting Some Thoughts In Order [Oct. 27th, 2014|12:17 pm]
Tony Grist
If you think the universe is so much dead matter you'll consider it an amazing fluke that self-reflective life has emerged on planet Earth.

If, on the other hand, you think the universe- down to its tiniest constituent parts- is a living thing you'll expect to find life everywhere- and everywhere developing in the direction of self-aware intelligence.

Brian Cox- TV's newest science bod- is a dead universe man. Or seems to be. (I'll allow he may have been misrepresented in the press) He is reported as saying (in a programme I'm not bothering to watch because I can see I won't agree with it) that we could be the only civilisation in the galaxy.

Cox's position represents scientific orthodoxy as it exists in the year 2014. It's based not on scientific evidence but on a philosophical premise or presupposition.  Dead universe, living universe: Neither thesis is- scientifically speaking- any more respectable than the other.

At present the evidence simply doesn't exist to prove either case. I have my prejudices and can call up evidence which I know my opponents will dismiss out of hand ( Near Death experiences? just the last ditch convulsions of the dying brain.) so I'm not keen to get into arguments.

But I've very few doubts. Ask me how I can be so sure and I'll say because I'm sure. How annoying of me.

I am not, by the way, arguing for the esistence of God. God- as far as I'm concerned- is a distraction, a mistake- the artefact of minds accustomed to think in hierarchical terms. The universe isn't a concern that needs to be created and then bossed about but an endless unfolding. Think fractals. Think depth not height.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2014-10-28 09:40 am (UTC)
i started looking for brains shows via the internet
we get just a smidgen of things from your end of the world via tv.
we're 3 dr who's behind.

mike asked me what do you think about god
and i thought you might's well ask me to define art.
what is art... what is god....

i could not give him an answer he wanted to hear

but really
people expecting an omnipotent being
in charge of the universe to be focused on them as a specific point?
think they're being unrealistic..

its like the people here assuming the terrorists
are going to knock on their door just for them.
none here is that important other than out figurehead/president.
now groups of people that is a more enticing target
or taking over a country.....

the earth is marked quarantined till we stop poisoning and killing
just not a safe place for a civilized alien...


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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-10-28 09:42 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose the aliens are that bothered about us. If they've got interstellar flight they're also likely to have whatever they need to defend themselves against out violence.
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