~ PROLOGUE ~ HOW I MET THE CLIMATE ~ THE MEANING OF SCIENCE ~ THE STATE OF THE CLIMATE ~ BEGINNING
ONE CHANCE ~ TRIBES ~ SENTIENCE ~
~ AGONY ~ LETTER TO PRESIDENT REIF OF MIT
WHO IS AT FAULT ~ CRITIQUE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES ~
WORLD CLIMATE AUTHORITY ~ A BIT OF BIO ~ APOLLO 8 ~ EPILOGUE
IN THE BROAD SPAN
of the history of our planet, man reached his and her current state of evolution about two million years ago.
IN THE BROAD SPAN OF HUMAN INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT the age of enlightment in the late 18th century foreshadowed the vastly deeper understanding of nature in the work of Albert Einstein. His theories of general and specialty relativity and of gravity opened a window on the natural world unlike any other before or since.
SOON AFTER, THE WORK OF MANY GERMAN PHYSICISTS, among them Max Plank, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrodinger opened the world of quantum physics, which despite its rock-solid experimental verification remains a mystery so counter-intuitive that the great 20th century physicist (and contributor to quantum physics) Richard Feynman is often quoted as saying "anyone who claims they understand quantum physics is lying." Nothing in more recent science has countered this view, for quantum physics remains utterly counter-intuitive.
HOWEVER, TAKEN TOGETHER, RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM PHYSICS establish a foundation of knowledge that no discussion of philosophy, psychology, religion or evolution is valid without this science as a foundation. These in turn prepared the way for the discovery of the Singularity (big bang) that formed the universe and pervades all cosmological science today.
AND THIS, IN TURN MUST UNDERLIE all biology from the first single cell bacteria to homosapiens. If one follows the progression of the states of energy and matter they follow well established physical laws. There are no options in the overall progressions, although likely many options in details. And the Heisenbery Uncertainty Principle provides for "wiggle room" that in turn creates variations within the basic laws.preserve a semblance of our concept of natural life on earth.
FOR ANYONE WITH A DEEP CURIOUSITY about what underlies all of life the Wikipedia article, on quantum mechanics (click here) provides fascination and an open mouthed astonishment for what one has been missing.
There is too much science here to cover in less than several books or even a library. Science provides a foundation but also leaves large gaps for which there seems no path to understand, particularaly the functioning of sentience and consciousness, not to mention why the big bang happened in the first place. The common response is to give creit to god, but then one realizes that all one has done is given a name to a cause, rather than an explanation. Does it mean there is no god. Just as the large vacancies in science that question also has no answer.