Sunday, May 22, 2011

The End Times... don't exist

So as yet another doomsday nutter finds their "predictions" end up just a bit wide of the mark, I wonder if we, the rest of humanity, might just face the fact of an existence that speaks way beyond the nonsense of the self appointed loons in the US who reject evolution, but demand absurd respect for absurd ideas of destruction.

Science can essentially prove evolution, but as we see today, religion makes up ideas of "end times".

In a Universe of essentially infinite extent, where we find an evolution of time and space, the magic that we may choose to escape from our limited lives may well exist- yet we simply do not know how or whereof such magic may proceed. One thing we do know: fools like Harold Camping would not even begin to understand the truth that may, or may not, exist. Religion and stupidity are clearly too close bedfellows.


Anonymous said...

Thinking we live in "a Universe of essentially infinite extent" is as much magical thinking as Harold Camping's prediction. You have no proof for such an idea - the concept of infinity is an unfortunate byproduct of the axiomatic definition we use to explain our number system. It doesn't infer, and there is no proof whatsoever, that it can be used to represent something in the physical domain; for example, the extent of the universe or the density of a black hole.

Numbers were created in order to represent discrete physical entities, if there is no corresponding entity then the number is of dubious use, and we're forced to question the axioms. Infinity is a concept that people use to control the less educated, just like religion, but they're usually aware that there's nothing analogous in the real world.

To conclude, you're clearly wrong - the End Times do exist, either that or you "believe" in infinity. If that's the case you're actually doing something very similar to Camping; buying into something someone wrote in a book that can't be proven and has shown no real merit as a concept, yet you believe regardless.

Cicero said...

the word "essentially" is quite important: form the point of view of Mankind, even our fastest probes have let to travel an appreciable distance to the nearest star. We have no means of getting even 4.5 light years within the span of a single lifetime. In a Galaxy 100,000 light years across and 1,000 light years deep, then even the Galaxy is essentially infinite as far as a single human life is concerned. So your comment while of course strictly true does not bring home precisely just how vast the cosmos is.By the time you get to the scale of the great wall, there is really nothing except Mathematics that can comprehend the size of the distances involved.

"You may its a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts compared to space"