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The Universe awes me more than anything else, hands down. I image the Hubble Telescope traveling through space and still sending back photos, and I am amazed at how much is out there and how beautiful it is. The Hubble will keep going I assume, past the point that it will be useful to us, unless it can still be tracked regardless of its ability to send pictures. How far will it go? How big is space? Will it go on forever? How long is forever?

When I think about eternity, I equate it in a way to space. Certainly it has religious meanings — but that just because no one knows what eternity is. It’s a catch all word for the unknown continuum of time and space.

I don’t think it’s within our scope of mind to understand eternity, the size of the universe, the fact that it is known to extend beyond what we can see. How big is the universe? Does it stop at a wall, and another universe begin? So many questions and only the brainiest minds can even hazard a guess, if they do.

I watched a Stephen Hawking special called Genius where Dr. Hawking sets up experiments for participants to discover some of the truths about themselves, mankind, evolution, the big bang theory, the origin of life, how the brain works, etc. It’s fascinating and bring some rather large concepts down to bite-size portions.

Says PBS, “Professor Stephen Hawking challenges a selection of volunteers to think like the greatest geniuses in history and solve some of humanity’s most enduring questions.” In Episode One, “Professor Stephen Hawking reveals our true potential in a radical new science show which challenges a selection of volunteers and the viewer to think like the greatest geniuses of the past and answer some of humanity’s toughest and most enduring questions. Using large-scale experiments and incredible stunts, we’ll follow the volunteers’ journeys as they get to grips with molecular biology, astrophysics and even quantum mechanics. Likewise, we’ll learn about the geniuses whose discoveries helped build our scientific knowledge and allowed us to solve questions like “Where are we?” “Are we alone?” and “Can we travel through time?”

These episode are available online, and each time the volunteers are able to develop, through various experiments, the great truths of the underlying math and science, often coming to the same conclusions that great minds of the past have offered.

The series, and others like it, just blow my mind. Yes, I can see what he’s trying to do with his simple but carefully devised experiments and understand the conclusions, but it’s still awe inspiring.

The universe is so vast and so many questions so elusive that I am amazed that great minds continue to search for even more answers.

Is it all God’s creations. Could be. One feels that since there are immutable laws, these were set in place by some force, being, higher power, but, wow, that’s one pretty complex power. Truly awesome.

As an aside, what a way to teach. (I’m a retired teacher of technology). It shows how much students can be lead to really use their brains and come to devise their own knowledge — and that process and knowledge will lead them to greater discoveries and more curious, inventive minds in the future.

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