Monday, 2 January 2012

The big whimper

I usually enjoy Phillip Adam's columns, and The big whimper is no exception, especially as I'm currently reading Sean Carroll's From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (not to be confused with From Eternity to Here, which is Frank Viola's "magnum opus", presenting three remarkable stories spanning from Genesis to Revelation), and Roger Penrose's Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe.

To quote from Adams, "Where's God in all this? Absolutely nowhere. The facts are in—more than ever He, She or It is a redundant notion. So it's time to dump your shares in religion and to accept these exhilarating facts:
  1. We are not at the centre of the universe.
  2. Our human lives are brief and ultimately inconsequential.
  3. We're free to live our lives without risk of damnation or some religious variation of Frequent Flyer Points.
  4. The only meaning our existence has—or the existence of the entire cosmos—is the meaning(s) we choose to give it. Might I suggest love? And the joys of curiosity?"

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