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Today I finished reading The fabric of the Cosmos. Frankly it is the
first of such topic books I ever read to the end.
I will read it again to become more familiar with some the concepts it
reach out to each other ever more closely, through string theory and
beyond, to find the answer.
It was initially my growing awareness of this second aspect (b above)
which made me turn away from Christianity (and any other formal religion)
when I was in my teens. Living in the Martinshof woods, surrounded by
farms and nature I concluded very decisively that no existing formal man
made religion was anywhere near compatible with even the most simple
component of nature, like for example a single blade of grass.
It is to my mind highly surprising (although in some ways understandable)
that in this modern day and age, where we have advanced so far and
comfortably live with TVs, mobile phones, computers and the Internet, so
many still cling to the "naive fairy tale" formal believes (as the
well known 20th Century philosopher Bertrand Russell describes them) which were formed at a
time when humans thought the earth was flat and the entire universe was
rotating around it.
The astonishingly fast development and consequent changes in our lives these 60 odd post WW2 years, especially after the emergence and now dominance of the computer, has had the immediate effect of a storm raving over a corn field. Some strands have flattened backwards to the ground, some are still standing upright, others have bent forward following the direction of the wind. In other words, some have fled in fear back to what is familiar, their formal religion, some are still unaware of what is going on, but many are going forward with the wind, and by doing so are gaining a greater awareness.
I have noticed that in every single Australian bookshop I have entered this
past year they hold an unusually high number of copies on the shelf of
Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion. It obviously is
selling like hot cakes. People are searching for new answers. Whether in the
end they believe Dawkins is perhaps not so important. They are searching and
increasing their awareness, making them more true human beings. And
that I believe is important.
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