david brodie photography
david brodie photography
visual thinking
God, Nature and Humanity
this is not an apple
useful delusions
the one true way
stepping not flowing
Zeno's singularity
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1. We can all be selfish, believing that we are the centers of the world. 2. We also belong to groups. People outside of groups are not happy people. We find identity in groups; we feel included. Which means that others are excluded. The danger, more than danger because it happens, is that we regard outsiders as lesser beings, perhaps barely human in the way that we are. It creates 'us and them', and thousands of years of bloody conflict and genocide. We'll be smart if we can train ourselves to be aware of the dangers and rise above them. 3. How 'special' are people? We are unique, yes, with our 2-D images and our powerful use of symbols to store and share ideas. But if we suppose that we are central to (or even worse, at the peak of) life on Earth, then we may face our comeuppance. 4. We used to think that we were so special that the entire Universe revolved around us. But the sums didn't work, and we had to accept that we ride on a planet of modest size in orbit around a quite ordinary star, one among billions. Humbling. 5. So we saw the Solar System as the major part of Universe, with the stars somehow beyond at unknown distance. But then we found that the distance to even the nearest star was so much bigger than the scale of the neighborhood of the Sun with its captive planets. 6. Then came galaxies. Billions of them, each with billions of stars. Where was the center of all this? There wasn't one. Now we were adrift in incomprehensible vastness. Feeling humble yet? You should be.