By Jacek Walicki [CC BY-SA 2.5], from Wikimedia Commons
We intuitively seek to understand, to know how, to know why our reality works the way it does. Or at least the way we perceive the way it works. As we seek this deeper science, excitement in the pursuit and joy in the obtainment of discovery, overwhelms. When we respond to this natural desire we slowly gain an ever clearer understanding of our relative place in it all.
a receding vanishing point
Heading down this road of understanding, it becomes immediately apparent that the more we understand, the more we realize how much we do not. The understanding of one thing necessarily uncovers more things requiring an even deeper understanding, ad infinitum. We naturally seek the horizon which, can never be caught.
At first, this seems like a frustration. But that’s the richness of it all. To be able to experience this infinite treasure of never ending thrills of discovery is beyond beautiful.
Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think – Werner Heisenberg
It just doesn’t get any better than that.
there’s so much more out there
The end of the movie ANTZ gave me such a perspective reset. The movie follows Zee through his life’s dramas, his entire world and existence contained, it’s all he knew.
But he sensed something else, something more.
At the end of the movie the visual perspective slowly zooms out to reveal that his entire world existed in an insignificant anthill, in the corner of a random park, near a water fountain in some city. Beyond his everything-he-knew-anthill-world lies an incomprehensibly larger other world, out there.
He instinctively knew there was more.
You and I, we know it too.
a beautiful synergy
Science is the technical understanding of our reality, technology is the application of that understanding and philosophy drives the direction and the meaning of both. All three are intimately integral to and influenced by the other two. A fully virtuous 3 sided mobius loop, no beginning, no end.
The result they produce will determine whether we continue with the evolution of humanity or initiate the demise of our species.
This mutual perpetuation has brought us from realizing a sharp rock can whittle a branch to building vehicles capable of allowing us to explore beyond the edge of Earth. From understanding that if there are four sticks, you and I can each have two sticks, to quantum mechanics. We’ve come so far and yet, we’ve only just begun.
The thrill of today and the anticipation of tomorrow is overwhelming and empowering – tomRmalcolm
seekingScience seeks an understanding of our reality