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Monday, January 10, 2005

Better Living with Chemistry

A nameless chemist (I've forgotten his name) reminds us that given a little water (h2o) plus a source of energy: life abounds. This same chemist thus speculates, that extra-terrestrial life (probably not human) is certainly to be found within our galaxy. A neuroscientist (the Science of brains studying brains) speculates that natural selection has helped human beings evolve a 'sense of mystery.' This 'sense of mystery,' allows us to believe in things greater than simple, mundane acts of life and death (come on, there's got to be a punchline!). It seems we are basically enigmas wrapped in conundrums. I'm willing to hone, to cater to this sense of mystery; since it kind of kicks the door open to new and un-imagined possibilities. So, instead of being bummed out by the thought that we have evolved from apes, (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) we can take satisfaction in the knowledge that we have evolved a sense of mystery, which leads us to curiosity, awe and wonder. I guess it's this sense that drives our efforts in science and art. Just because we ask questions (questions are fun, absorbing) doesn't mean that there are satisfactory answers. What is the sound of one hand clapping? What is one's original face? Where have all the flowers gone? Why a duck?

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