UNIVERSE IS PERFECTLY DESIGNED
Latest 4th December 2007
NOV 30th 2006
takes longer than most people to perceive the obvious (see below) and
even then he gets it mostly wrong.
The Human race
could indeed colonise other planets if it succeeds in managing life on
this one long enough to develop the means of travel. That could mean
also developing planetary defense against incoming asteroids,
meteorites and comets, as well as means of personal and vehicle defense
against radiation and particular hazards. It is true that while some of
Star Trek technology is impossible because logically inconsistent,
there are elements which are not. However, we need Ockhams razor here
to look at what is actually necessary.
Not for us individually or even collectively, but for universal life.
If humans as
we know them now were to succeed in
this, it would be disastrous for the universe, which would indeed
become a version of Star Wars. But if as I suspect nature will work in
the future as it observably has for the last 14 billion years or so,
only life forms that have learned how to manage a planet can emerge to
inseminate other star/planet systems, if this is indeed the necessary
future of LIFE. It does not have to be, as there are other ways
forward toward which we may well be building that do not require the
physical travel of life in human form, even though we can be the
progenitors of this future.
The idea that a
planet at war will achieve a physical exodus is not reasonable, though
war may well have honed the human and technological advance that
enables it. But it is more likely that if and when in a thousand years
there are beings around to look back on Start Trek they with see it as
a symbolic, metaphorical description of reality, rather like we can
appreciate the myths and fables of the past. Our understanding will
evolve..The human race as we know it could well, and in my view should,
be confined to a single planet till we have learned collectively and
know instinctively what has been taught, mis-taught and not generally
understood for 2 millennia. Only that can produce a version of humanity
capable of managing itself and its resources and a universal future.
It will not,
however, be perfection or faultless. It could still go wrong, but not
in the human way we screw up here and now. The universe is perfectly
designed to do what it can, which is to BE and do that to the ultimate,
which includes KNOWING THAT IT IS.
In the meantime
we here, as part of this, have to work out how to get through the very
next stage. Nature will force us, if we don't figure out how to avoid
the hard way. So far the problems we have to deal with have been
staring us in the face for decades, but politicians are not often
scientists, and scientists are not necessarily polymaths so it seems to
have come as a shock. Hawking
says: "The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as
it is confined to a single planet,". That is not only
true it is essential. If this lot were to get out in its present form,
the whole universe would be in trouble. That's why life-favourable
planets are so far apart in the universe that has
survived/exists/produces life/observes itself. The long-term survival
of what we refer to as 'the missing link' between apes and men would no
doubt have worried them if they could have thought about it instead of
their immediate survival. Now we can see their long-term survival would
not have been the way
LONDON (Reuters) - Renowned cosmologist
Stephen Hawking, author of the best-selling "A Brief History of Time,"
said on Thursday humans must colonise other planets in different solar
systems or face extinction.
Hawking says humans must colonise
Thursday November 30, 10:48 AM
However, the wheelchair-bound Cambridge University physicist who has
crippling muscle disease said this would require spaceships using
technology similar to the "warp drives" of TV science fiction show
"The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as it is
confined to a single planet," Hawking told BBC Radio.
Here is a useful
up-to-date summary of scientific thinking on the nature of the material
universe. However, it does not get into the multidimensional geometry
of space-time and therefore gets no nearer to understanding or
explaining the fundamentals. It is still talking about what things are
'made of', and 'particles', and until scientists can get beyond this
they will get nowhere fast and somewhere ever more slowly.
Gravitational waves would be better described as Inertial Waves. But
articles is still useful u to a point foir reference.
The Ice Cream Man Cometh
A Danish Global Warming sceptic speaking on this
programme claimed that while many would die from drought, famine and
overheating, fewer people would die of cold; so we should live with
global warming and stick with economic growth as the vital priority.
This is hogwash.
Tuesday 4 December 2007 11:00-11:30 (Radio 4 FM)
In the past, Nature was in charge. Now, we are
consciously responsible. That is the scientific fact and the religious
truth as well. The absurd misunderstanding of the parable of the Garden
of Eden (not to mention the entire New Testament), by scientists and
theologians alike, has really got to be put to bed. It is getting
beyond a joke. On the other hand, climate change is hard to control
unless we can stop global population growth. If we do not, Nature will
do it for us. The Universe is perfectly self-designing.
- Global warming brings problems of local and
global consequence to the poles as well as to the tropics.
- Nobody dies of cold at the moment unless
they are living in an environment to which they are not suited,
biologically or economically. If that is the case, they should not be
there in the first place and the attrition rate is acceptable.
- What we are seeking to avoid is a climate
change which would force millions or billions of people to move, as our
modern politically structured world is not ready to cope with unlimited
migration. This is because of the numbers involved.
- Climate changes in the past, which drove
evolution, involved global numbers a fraction of the population of a
single small country of today's world, where we have a problem just
coping with legal, economic migrants and asylum seekers.