Inner Decisions

Science and discovery

After writing yesterday's blog I've been thinking more about science. I've just finished creating the PowerPoint presentation for the Tree of Life Spiritualist Church service for Sunday morning where we have been talking about Natural Law; the what it is and what it is not.  Natural Law is interesting because it answers even though we, as people in general, do not yet understand our own questions. Natural Law doesn't care, the science operates anyway, even if we have no idea how it works. 

In 1687 Isaac Newton published his theories and mathematics about gravity and how he thought it all worked. Science went on to validate those theories for more than 200 years. A few scattered scientists had important questions to which they had no idea how to figure out the answers. 

Then in 1907, musing about gravity and space while working as a clerk in a Berlin patent office, Albert Einstein had what he called  "the happiest thought of my life" in a rather bizarre imagery about a man falling from the top of a tall building. 

This imagery led to Einstein developing his Theory of Relativity, which some feel was his most important contribution to science. Brian Greene, a theoretical physicist, explains what Einstein was thinking in this video. Now Greene has gone on to study the String Theory, which is amazing in and of itself. 

Natural Law continues to rule the universe whether or not we understand it. Natural Law doesn't care about our understanding. It doesn't care about our theories or proof. It just is. Our goal as humans is to live within the confines and boundaries of Natural Law and with that is our desire to understand it. As Greene explains, there are layers and layers and layers of unraveling to understand, and just when we think we've done it, we see the influence of yet another layer. As we dance within the layers we must never forget that what we think we know is probably only scratching the surface of what there is to know. Doubting is a "fool's errand", however, science does point the way and it will take us farther and farther into the known if we allow science to lead us there. What are the keys? Our questions. We must be smart enough to ask good questions and eventually, someone will be savvy enough to discover how to unlock the answers. 




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