The Wonder of Life

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When I read nonsense by Rick Perry and creationist cant, I am appalled by their ignorance:  about global warming and many other proven things.  When I read about the Voyager Spacecraft leaving our solar system or of the Mars Rover, the fight against cancer, I am astounded.  I believe in science, especially if I go in for a medical procedure or just to the dentist.  I applaud past thinkers who tried to get us past superstition and unquestioning acceptance of religious dogma.   I love Voltaire, the French Encyclopedists, and hope Denis Diderot gets his spot among French immortals in Paris’  Pantheon.

I also am shocked by the violence perpetrated in the name of religion.  It’s in the paper every day, staring at me in the face.  Christopher Hitchins did a wonderful study of this in his book God is Not Great. I wish Malala Yousafzai had won the recently-awarded Nobel Prize for her courage and perseverance.

And yet, in quiet moments, listening to music that moves me with my cat peaceful and asleep,  all these thoughts fade away and I am amazed at the wonder of existence.    How can science ever explain the miracle of life?




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  1. Amir Vokshoor Said...

    Tom I completely agree that our current reductionist view in science cannot explain the joyous feeling that the seemingly ordinary events of life create, but we could from a neuroscientific standpoint expand our observation methods of exploration (group meditation fMRI studies as a small example) we will more and more rely on our own nervous system’s ability to teach us the interconnectedness of all forms of biophysical energy …to make us empathize and evolve beyond the “ordinary” confines of self… The quest is worthy as it will change us forever and make us get closer to the magic you produce with every passage you write and “feel”…