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The questions of life – food for thought

March 22, 2010

So, this past weekend on our way back from the lovely Mont st. Michel, I was talking to my friend Natalie about all the random questions we wish we had answers to. Now, I am sure most of these questions have some kind of answer, but it is still interesting to think about them.

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Earth’s mass – If the earth’s mass is always the same, and the population is increasing, what is actually decreasing? Land mass? (Mass is always conserved, the earth doesn’t get heavier with each new person born – it is just a transfer of mass)

Reincarnation – So let’s say reincarnation is real, and that every second the number of living things on this earth increases – which I would think it does – there aren’t enough “souls” to go around, so when are new ones created?

Aliens – I have to say I believe that there is life somewhere else out there in the universe. I mean it is infinitely huge right? So even if the chance of us being alive – the chain reaction of events-  is 1 in a million, these odds would be good considering how big the universe is. So you have to wonder if there are planets like ours that can produce life. If so, how different than us would they be? Also, who is to say that our definition of a planet being able to produce life is the only one out there? Maybe there is other life that is just so different from us that even their basic needs are different. (This question is probably answerable by scientists and researchers etc., but I still like it)

Evolution – Are we still evolving? If so (I believe so) what is being improved? Will we gain appendages? Lose them? Become smarter? Personally I could do without my damned ring finger. That thing is annoying, it is too attached to the movement of my pinky. Grr

Ghosts – So, we were both talking about how we have no idea what happens when we die. And that maybe nothing happens and you are gone forever. If this is true though, what are ghosts? Usually they are spirits that died violent deaths and don’t want to move on, or have unfinished business. I would say that I would probably rather be a ghost than nothing. And if they are only here because of unfinished business, then there must be something afterwards right? What would be the point of finishing your business if you just become nothing?

Theory – I read an interesting theory in a book once. It said that you go through stages of “life” . So right now we are in a first stage, and when we die, we go to another stage of life. Another dimension or something maybe? Who knows. Maybe the whole point of this life is to not know what happens after.

Anyways, as the title says, this is just food for thought! Interesting questions, and I would love to hear any of your views on any question! Or even other crazy questions!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    March 23, 2010 12:01 am

    1. The earths mass isn’t always the same. It is increasing and decreasing constantly due to extraterrestrial phenomenon. There are the obvious things: the dust particles and asteroids and comets, but also more subtle things: solar wind that scrapes off helium molecules from out atmosphere …

    … though it is an interesting question because though we know the mass of the earth pretty well, the mechanical workings and shit that go on way deep are still mysterious. There is a universe of exploration below our very feet.

    2. No proof whatsoever for reincarnation so the exercise of determining implications of the theory is useless.

    3. Aliens is cool stuff, you’re right about infinity – if infinity is real as we understand it, there has to be life out there, the odds are there. I bet that there’s even life within our solar system even if its microbial and mundane.

    4. Of course we are still evolving. It will never stop. The rate though is far far far far slower than rate of human technology etc. so most likely it is artificial selection that will make humanity smarter not natural.

    5. Ghosts are very unlikely – considering there has been no concrete evidence to prove the existence of supernatural life. However, I like to think that what people think of as ghosts are apparitions or i guess like glitches – like crashes between our world and a multidimentional one or like weird effects of some sort of different reality that we aren’t able to sense. Who knows. Probably not casper.

    6. I had this thought as a kid, way back. Its cool to think this but just because its an imagined possibility doesn’t give it any merit in the real world. It would be equally cool that this life is a test designed for each of us uniquely and if we win, its like decoding the matrix or something and we get to control everything in the world and become its god. False.

  2. March 23, 2010 12:04 am

    that was me above

    jason

  3. caseyjerk permalink*
    March 23, 2010 12:17 am

    1. Well the earths mass I guess does change, but not alot. My point was that the actually shape/mass of the earth itself has to be changing if our population is increasing. I am just wondering how so. Like does the land get lower because of the food we produce?

    2. Yeah i know there is no proof, but I like thinking about the what ifs

    3.Agreed

    4.Yeah agreed as well. But I also just thought of like how there can be jumps in evolution, right? This wikipedia article is cool – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuated_equilibrium
    It reminds me of like a brave new world (i think) where people start using science to change how their babies will come out, and then over time the super babies aren’t able to mate with normal humans anymore effectively creating 2 distinct races

    5.Well i like your theory about clashes or crosses between other worlds. Pretty interesting. I still believe in a type of ghost though – whether it just be some kind of energy or an actual spirit. It is one of those things that I don’t think science will ever be able to prove or disprove though

    6.Haha well put. I like the idea of everyone being tested and then I think judged. Also, ever wondered how weird it is that you are you? Its kind of very hard for me to explain, but if you can really think about it, its weird that I am me and not someone else. i don’t know – its very hard to explain

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Anonymous permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:26 pm

    Posts like this are reasons I think you would love smoking weed… or have you already started a serious drug binge since you’ve been over in Europe and us Americans just don’t have a clue. Ecstasy anyone?

  5. caseyjerk permalink*
    March 24, 2010 7:36 pm

    HAHA who is this. I love summer heights high. Ill never smoke!!!!! bwahahaa

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