American Elephants

“Space” is a Remarkably Interesting Word! by The Elephant's Child
November 17, 2022, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Politics

We talk easily about “space” but we don’t know if it has boundaries or just goes on infinitely. Does it have edges? We don’t know. Our world society is founded and maintained by our sun. There seem to be other suns out there, but do they have planets and peoples? When such questions are asked, there will be those who are trying to find answers. We clearly do not know it all yet, or even very much, but we cannot get our minds around the enormous amount we just don’t know yet. Are there any boundaries there, limits to what we can know? We know there are other worlds out there, or at least lots of other stars. Do they each have suns and planets? Or are we somehow unique in the vast array of space? Does it go on forever, or are there limits and walls? It’s hard to get your mind to even consider the possibilities. Then consider the beginning of our world and our efforts to understand it and what it is. We’re still working on that.

At the same time we are reaching out into the space around us trying to understand who and what and where we are, and is there more out there? And more what? More space? More worlds? More civilizations? Anything?

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From “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, by Douglas Adams:

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space. Listen . . .” and so on.

Also from Douglas Adams:

“Population of the Universe: Zero.

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”


Comment by Lon Mead

Thanks for that one! Good quote!!!


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