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THE SCALE OF THINGS February 10, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Personal Experience, Philosophy.
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We might not be able to comprehend infinity, although at least 78 million light years might well be infinity for practical purposes, although it has a beginning and an end, and measures across the Galaxy.

Measurements range from the very small to the very big.

Could this have been the most important photo ever taken?

What is the philosophical significance of these scales? But it seems there is a measurement problem:

If the world ends, from negligence, greed or fear, ahead of time, what then will happen to the music of Beethoven, or what meaning will there be left for any of our lives. While we may be in essence doubting consciousness, we do not seem to be able to live, let alone live well, without a sense of meaning.



1. Steve Perrin - March 27, 2012

Here I am typing away at my little computer after seeing into the heart of the universe–the vast one-turning reflecting our turning in space. Thank you for putting my dust-mote perspective into its proper context. In my realm I am king of almost nothing. In the universe, I am a mini-micro-speck of dust. Humbling, to say the least. Why would this mote ever wage war against another mote, or even raise a quarrel? It is good to remember how inconsequential we are in this universe of ours.

wmmbb - March 28, 2012

Yes, Steve, the scale involved is overwhelming and our point of reference, our consciousness, does not seem to count for much. Still while retaining the spirit of humbleness, I believe the evolution of life and consciousness on this planet is pretty amazing. I wonder whether we will ever become both appreciative and responsible for the gifts we have been given.

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