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Charles Mabey
Posted 4 months ago
Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world
Believing that the universe is some mindless progression of accidental randomness culminating in a body of scientific knowledge misplaces the human intellect at the center of the universe. If scientific knowledge is attained by observation of the “real” world, then the observed should be at least as intelligent as the observer otherwise how would the observer make sense of it? It seems far more rational and logical to me that everything known to science was true BEFORE science discovered it, placing intelligence where it belongs – in the observed. And that is why I believe the beauty, balance, and symmetry of creation has an intentional component that transcends human understanding. If “God” is offensive or lost its meaning in a blizzard of religions, then call it something else, or better yet, don’t call it anything at all because this presence is incomprehensible anyway. But human intellect is no more the center of the universe than the earth was centuries ago. And the deeper science goes into its understanding of the universe, the more evidence of intention there will be because perfection is rarely mindless, random or accidental. Perfection is quite intentional.
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Charles Mabey
Posted 4 months ago
Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world
I love beauty that makes me wonder, and so I wonder: Human beings can appreciate beauty, but can nature appreciate the beauty within itself? Will there ever come a time when science can acknowledge the intentional component of evolution, that there exists within the force of life a symmetry and balance that is neither mindless nor accidental? Perhaps more importantly, will science ever acknowledge this intentional presence of beauty in nature as tangible evidence of God’s existence? And should that day ever come, I wonder if perhaps humanity might realize human beings are how God (nature) appreciates the beauty within itself. And finally I wonder if that realization might be enough to truly change the world or at least change how some of us see ourselves.
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Charles Mabey
Posted 4 months ago
Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform
Put “None of the above” on every ballot no matter what level of government. If “None of the above” wins the majority vote, then candidates on the ballot are disqualified and a new election is held. At least that would add an element of risk to anyone attempting to buy a position and give some small measure of voice back to the people.
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Charles Mabey
Posted 4 months ago
What one event set the direction of your life that made you who you are today?
My life changed the moment I realized I had done things in my life that the most famous people prior to the 20th century would dare to dream. Common things like driving a car, talking on the phone, watching TV. That revelation is even truer today as I can almost literally hold the world in the palm of my hand with a smart phone. In the context of human history, I am alive in a climactic unprecedented moment. And I share this moment with everyone else alive. The questions that became my passion in that life changing moment, what is going on here and what does it mean?
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Charles Mabey
Posted 4 months ago
Are tensions, conflicts, and wars permanent part of the human condition? How can we avoid wars or mitigate the ravages of war?
One of the great ironies of the modern world is that scientific knowledge with all its power and potential for good makes war a real threat to human survival. Biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons can easily end life as we know it. These are not sticks and stones being hurled at one another in some struggle for hunting grounds. Sadly, the human nature that caused primitive peoples to hurl sticks and stones at one another is the same human nature that threatens human survival with the power of knowledge. The knowledge has changed, but human nature has not. Without a fundamental change in human nature, survival is no guarantee. So, human history has come to a point where human beings either evolve to adapt to the power of scientific knowledge or perish. It would appear we are the ones who will either prove or disprove the theory of evolution. Should be interesting.
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Charles Mabey
Posted 6 months ago
What is art? And why should we care what it is?
A definition of art, like art itself, is in the eye of the beholder. As for myself, art is the tangible evidence of imagination, a processing of experience originating in a place where something can come from nothing giving a fleeting glimpse to the potential of the infinite. At its inspirational best, art is the light that gives me hope of a renaissance following the dark ages of world wars. At its violent worse, art leads me down the dark tunnel of death seeking the light at the end.