The Arrogance of Human Beings – Awe and Wonder

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We are microbes on the surface of a small planet.

Our planet orbits around a small, insignificant star – Sol.

Our star is out in an outer spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy – not even near the middle.

There are 400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is a mere 100,000 light years across. (It would take light 100,000 years to get from one side to the other!)

The biggest galaxies are 2 million light years across – hugely bigger – with 10 trillion stars. They make ours look tiny.

We know of 2 trillion galaxies so far.

The distances between them are beyond our comprehension. The universe is 46 Billion light years from the centre to the expanding edge.

Yet human beings, with our tiny brains, think we can understand something as stupendous as this. We can work out where it came from, its laws and its future. What a remarkable arrogance.

It is the equivalent of bacteria living in your toilet for brief seconds thinking they can work out the nature of the backside lowering itself into position.

The fact that we have worked out so much is amazing! Science is stupendous and exciting.

For those fundamentalists of all religions who think that god created all this for the sake of us little bacteria on this insignificant planet – I find your belief ludicrous. That is the height of arrogance and super-inflated egos.

The universe is a wondrous, mystical place. The one thing I’m certain of is that it wasn’t created for us. We have a brief lifetime in which to be astounded by it and enjoy it. How lucky we are.

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22 thoughts on “The Arrogance of Human Beings – Awe and Wonder

      • Could be any one of a number – a nuclear war – Yellowstone caldera collapsing – an asteroid – a mega tsunami – an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions – a severe climate change – a major drought – a major flood – mega earthquakes – ice-age – tropical age – mutations – biological warfare – massive pollution – but my bet is a simple virus mutation. We were incredibly lucky with AIDS – it was a retrovirus which is one of the hardest to catch. If it have been a flu virus mutation it could have wiped out 99% of humans on the planet within a month or two. That might wake us up. The stupid thing is that they know it is going to happen but instead of putting all the money into antiviral research and drugs for generic viruses they insist on putting it into weapons of mass destruction. The irony is that we will be indirectly wiped out by our own weapons of mass destruction (there’s a book in that!).
        How’s Green?

      • Yes I’ve heard that but I think that it is a myth. I think that it comes from a group of primates in the congo jungle. When loggers opened it up the hunters moved in and the virus, in an isolated group had the virus and it was passed on. It was taken to the States by a guy, they even know his name, who picked it up in a gay club on holiday.
        I wouldn’t put it past them to start something like that up. It was the theme of one of my books – Ebola in the Garden of Eden.

  1. That’s been debunked – nobody shagged a monkey! All the chimpanzee supposed infected kidney specimen traces put into vaccines for hepatitus, polio and smallpox was proved false, too.

  2. How 46 billion years. Why not 13 and a half billion? And where’s the edge? What is amazing is that recently we are able to know and talk about and confirm ( see ) these distant galaxies, which are in concordance and predicted by General Relativity and conceptual physics.

    • That’s a very good question Bumba! Why 46 billion and not 13.8 billion – given the age of the universe and the speed of light? The only thing I can conclude is that the Big Bang did not originate in one point but happened everywhere at once and has been expanding from there.
      The edge is the furthest point we are presently able to detect. Who knows what is beyond? Other universes possibly? Or a void? Or more of the same?
      Ain’t wonder grand?

      • No the singularity of the big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago. The light start travelling a couple hundred thousands of years after, so that should somehow be the “extent” of it. Beyond? or before? or after?

      • So I checked out the size again after you pointed that out and it says 46 Billion. I fully take on board what you are saying and it makes perfect sense. So have they got it wrong? Or is there another explanation?

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