@United States Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. from the 10th Congressional District of Georgia has formed a theory as to why scientists and teachers collect facts about the universe and then teach them to new generations. Here it is: "God's word is true... all that stuff I was taught about the evolution, embryology, the big bang theory... all that is lies straight from The Pit of Hell. And its lies to try and keep me and all the folks that were taught that from understanding that they need a saviour."
I never stop thinking of 'Dead Stars' constituents in my living body. I am astounded as I envisage the vibrancy, color and life that 'throes of Dead Stars' brings. Our life begins when the star dies. Reason and science leads to freedom of mind from dogma and acquirement of rationalism. The belief in the theory of Big Bang, theory of evolution, germ theory of disease, theory of gravity, theory of relativity, theory of atomic structures and theory of chromosomal inheritance requires no Holy Scriptures but scientific proof and rigorous test of these truths. Science progresses with each funeral whereas religion continues to present the same story of creation with a lot more contradictions. There is no region of the world where you can see mindless predominant following of Aristotle, Newton, or Einstein. Yet, those regions where science helped to develop tools of progress are regions where theories of sciences and philosophy are well treasured. Where Newton is respected, logic and rationalism has survived and progressed by leaps and bounds, toleration in those regions is admirably better. Regions, where pre-dominant thinking and learning of scriptures is considered as divine progress, standstill, and with poverty of mind that dominates the landscape material hazards make the life of inhabitants miserable.''
Yes, absolutely 'we' f-c-ers don't act our age, we are actually 14.3 billion years old, every atom in our body originates from 'The Big Bang.' Once we discover our triviality in the system of the Universe, the road to self-discovery is laid bare. The idea of a 14.3 billion-year-old Universe raises an enquiry and questions the entire logic and philosophy of Abrahamic scriptures. Faith tells us a story that is the greatest myth of all times. If that is the litmus test of trust that even Gingrich imposed "How can you have judgment if you have no faith? How can I trust you with power if you don't pray?” then USA/mankind has a big problem. It is this dichotomy and basic error of understanding of our age that is rarely addressed. Majority of the Faithful across the lines of Abrahamic scriptures refuse to believe science of creation that evolved through a carbon-based life from the throes of dead stars.The God of scriptures is Jealous- I like the God of singularity.
What we believe in light of God's Ten Commandments is utter profanity and sacrilege! God of science is big-hearted and demands free enquiry. The God of scriptures is Jealous ''for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keeps my commandments.'' In science, greats have remained great whilst their thinking was destroyed by the new greats. Aristotle believed in geocentrism but Aristotle remains the major source of philosophy in the modern world though some of his findings are found to lacking truth. This is the greatness of science; it is based on reason and logic.
There is no final word in our world: Newton proved Aristotle wrong but the greatness of Aristotle stays in the mind of man and is part of cultural folklore. I will enigmatically point out to a strange dichotomy that I have written about a lot, i.e. the Prophets. The next prophet never discarded the principles of the old rather rehashed them and redefined the geography and incidences with his own juxtaposition. Incoherence of the Holy Scriptures in events and personalities is at sharp contrast to rejection of ideas with reason and logic. Sciences progress with the death of an idea and a funeral takes off a new. The holy scriptures in succession tend to wean authority from the previous and tend to support the incoherence of the myths, though supportive of fables, but defining them for their own geography. The stories of Torah, Bible and Quran are not supportive of each other rather contradict each other, Newton negation of Aristotle made Aristotle even the greatest of beings.
What consumes my mind is the void and slow pace of human history and phase of discovery from 500 BC to 1600/1800 AD and the huge exponential growth from 1600 to 2011. I am obsessed with discoveries that led to the causes and origins of that massive exponential increase in rate of growth of our knowledge spectrum. Ideas should be rewarded, not persecuted. The idea-man should be loved, not condemned. When Galileo was condemned and arrested, the emphasis of science moved from Italy to Northern Europe. When in 1200 AD Ghazali arrested free will over philosophical dialogue of Averroes and introduced the concept of predestination as the favourite strain of Allah’s ideology, Middle East descended into a chaos which it has not recovered so far. History takes time but grinds very fine and destroys those who deny the flow of knowledge.
Our 'star dust' that our body is composed off is even 10.3 billion years older from the time when planet earth came into existence 4 billion years ago. We are product of 14.3 billion years of evolution. At some point 14.3 billions of years ago all the matter in the Universe occupied a space no larger than the following full stop. In an explosive burst, this point, or 'singularity', expanded at an astonishing rate like a fireball at temperatures of billions of degrees, creating space as it rapidly spread.
Within the first second gravity and all the other forces were formed. Within minutes the Universe was billions upon billions of miles across and most of the matter that will ever exist was created. Either we are created in 7 days / are only 6,000 years old, or came out of nothingness 14 billion years ago from the womb of' Providence' and 'The Big Bang.' The two positions are incompatible, one has to give way to other.
The reason our life is devoid of the richness of renaissance men is that the days are past when our present schools could give time and attention to a child to learn knowledge. History is the first step of learning for any child; history teaches man to learn from the mistakes of the past. That knowledge will lead him/her to Geography and finally to familiarity of classics and our globe. Once he/she knows our earth well, some unanswered queries will lead him to know our solar system where our 'blue pearl' sits as a third planet around the sun in quite a silent part of our galaxy. When a star dies we form! Yes, every carbon atom in our body is the primordial 'star dust.' 'After life' as 'Star Dust' will continue. Each and every bison and atom in our body without being 'sentient' configuration as us will live until perpetuity as universe collapses on its own self.Congressman, look at the invisible hand of evolution behind a Neuron and a galaxy, look at the symmetry of the architecture.
From the womb of death we are formed, to quote Rumi who inspires me a lot:
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as a plant and rose to animal,
I died as an animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear?
When was I less by dying?
Trillions upon trillion atoms that constitute our body will not disappear as death ensues, they will be around in a different configuration. One day the hydrogen in our body was burning in the core of a star, the other day after the explosion it became heavier compound like carbon that formed the basis of hydro carbon life. After our death,' ashes to ashes,' 70% of us is water and water will revert to water, rest of 'us' will disappear in natures trillion upon trillion upon trillion of tones of materials and star dust, what we will leave behind is what our 'present conscious status' will help us to formulate. That is how we will live forever. The more nonsense we utter lesser we will be known; the higher intelligent content we deliver we will be a known speck, we need to become a known tiny speck for our future generations.
We humans are not 'radioactive material' we are composed of slow elements after nearly all the energy to make us sentient has been extracted and exhausted in becoming a 4.8 billion old quiet earth and then nature extracts remaining vitality by awarding our brain 100 trillion synapses, as living itself is a high powered exercise our low lying elements for hydrocarbon life is ok, whereas burning in the cores requires 'packed energy' to create nurseries of future earths, like that of H and He , once we lose our 'sentient status' we might one day return to the cores of stars to turn into a higher energy particles.
Though the 'faithful' have broken the hearts of atoms, discovered particles that travel faster than light very near to the Vatican at CERN, they undertake journeys to study distant galaxies but the eternal sin and guilt of reconciliation with the scriptures that acquaint us with an allegorical tale of creation still remains a collective burden on mankind's conscience. Our brains are as 'big' as the Universe, we are evolved to decipher 'The Universe.' In turn this Universe has created us to explain its mystery by its own constituent dust. The present sentient configuration of our dust is an extremely important evolutionary step, as we all know we are product of super novaes, our one finger tip may be from the core of one galaxy, and the other one from a different galaxy.