Mind Boggling!

December 4, 2011

Do you ever think so much that you smell your brain burning?

I do that occasionally. Not always about work, sometimes I just like to think and let my mind wander.  So late last night I decided to just think about the universe, just for fun!  I’ve done this before as the vastness really is mind boggling.

Ok, for those of you who do not know, a light year is a measure of distance, not time.  It’s the distance that light travels in a year.  The universe is roughly 93 BILLION light years in diameter.  That means it’ll take 93 billion years to go from one end to the other if we’re travelling at the speed of light.  That’s mind boggling!!

Ok here is another one; The M Theory suggests that there are “membranes” beyond our universe in a constant state of flux, and when they touch, they create a new universe.  So our big bang was a meeting of these membranes.  So as far as our science goes to explain everything in our universe, which is a lot but by no means complete, how on earth do we explain what these membranes are and how they interact when they are beyond our universe and possibly beyond the rules of physics that we know? Mind boggling!

Einstein theorised that nothing with mass can travel at the speed of light as the closer we get to that speed, the amount of energy required to accelerate becomes infinite.  That said, the LHC (large hadron collider) has recorded on several occasions something travelling faster than light.  This is because these, what ever they are’s, have no mass.  Mind boggling!

The greatest scientists have always thrown out the rule book and started again.

What else is mind boggling in the universe?  Have you ever seen photos of the world’s largest cave? It’s in Borneo and is so big that you can fly a jumbo jet through it.  Many places like this are being found all the time, places of beauty right under our noses and which have yet been undiscovered for tens of thousands of years.

It’s thought that humans went from nomadic to agriculture around 10,000 years ago. Ancient ruins in Turkey put a temple dates around 2000-3000 years before this. Gobekli Tepe took hundreds of years to complete and if this was truly before agriculture, how was is made? And even more mysteriously, it was buried as soon as it was completed. Why?!

Modern infra red satellite imaging is showing us wonders of our history which have been lost for thousands of years and possibly would have been lost forever without this technology.  Mind boggling!

Enough thinking for a Sunday afternoon…..


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