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Comment by JayBarti on January 9, 2010 at 12:49pm
I enjoy the fact that the universe is one big virtual time machine, from our perspective on earth. It is a staggering thought once you wrap your head around it.

We are lucky that we evolved in a time in which we can still see echo of the beginning of the universe. I will never looked at the static on my TV in the same way again. Awe doesn't begin to describe it.
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on January 9, 2010 at 12:21pm
Okay - this is when 'awe' and 'beauty' are words that fail. This is so much evidence of the unknowable that 'sacred' starts to take on meaning. Because of the horizon effect pointed out (the distances and speeds may not allow some light/information to ever reach us - and, even then, we cannot see the present - only billions of years into the past), even empiricism is inadequate to the task of garnering reliable knowledge.

Every major discovery of mankind - the type that got Galileo in so much hot water - tends to point out that this is not about us. More than empiricism, this is why I am an atheist. Anthropomorphism, anthropocentricism, and any concept that we are the crowning 'achievement' in an emerging universe such as this sounds far too much like calling the stars 'pinholes in the dome of heaven.'
Comment by Фелч Гроган on August 20, 2009 at 8:10am
It is humbling - pick a hole that looks like it has nothing. And our brains can't even conceive the number of stars that are in there.
Comment by Luke on August 20, 2009 at 8:02am
And theists say that it was all created for them. They are so humble.

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