I woke up this morning to discover one of my heroes had died.
I'm rarely affected by news or deaths, even personal, but I cannot express how sad I am, so I thought maybe writing about why might help.
Science requires neither preconception nor faith to condone or accept it. Much like a detective attempts to recreate a crime as close to the actual event as possible, scientists are attempting to link pieces of evidence together through observation, experimentation and reasoning for an accurate view of reality.
Absolving personal responisbility for how your life has developed is a very common strategy for avoiding problems and living in unhappiness. Sartre pointed out that we often spend our lives ignoring problems and avoiding short term pain which leads to long term malaise.
Filtering reality is a very common occurrence in our insulated modern society. Is it better to avoid contemplating that horrible things exist and happen around the world, or should you always face these events, no matter how upsetting?
There is a certain thought experiment I like to explore often because I feel like it gives me perspective. I imagine that when I die, what if there was a massive computer and database where you could recall any statistics about your life and how you lived it?
Peter Atkins in a British Chemist and author of many books ranging from classroom texts to popular science on energy, elements and scientific theory. The following excerpt comes from his book 'Creation Revisited' and describes energy, decay and how unlikely it is that we should exist at all.
Belief and Science are often at odds, a conflict exemplified in our classic Christmas movies. These movies advocate belief to fact based alternatives, but if Santa revealed himself, the entire universe as we know it would change.
Computers have changed the way we interact. Using data, algorithms and sophisticad analysis, computers are telling us how to live our lives more efficiently, effectively and happily. But do computers really understand the human experience enough to tell us whom to love?