Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Serious Time Travel

Well, wouldn't you know it.  Not a week after I saw the marvelous IMAX film about the Hubble at the Sci-Port, NASA releases news of the latest additions to the celebrated instrument, that of the Wide Field Camera 3. And what to its wondering infrared eye should appear?  But the oldest known light in the Universe.  The object, a compact galaxy of blue stars whose light took 13.2 billion years to reach us, is one of the early manifestations following what is called the "Big Bang."

The object may or may not "be there" now.  It is, after all, only photons emitted from that instant 13.2 billion years ago, that we, rather the Hubble, is able to "see."  It's always a curious to ponder the night sky.  What we see is light emitted from a long ago past, as we recognize it.  In a sense, it's all illusion - as much as a projected movie.  Still, it's quite a show.  And well worth the admission.

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