“But though cognition is not an element of mental action, nor even in any real sense of the word an aspect of it, the distinction of cognition and conation has if properly defined a definite value.”
— Samuel Alexander
“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”
— Niels Bohr
“I am a member of a fragile species, still new to the earth, the youngest creatures of any scale, here only a few moments as evolutionary time is measured, a juvenile species, a child of a species. We are only tentatively set in place, error prone, at risk of fumbling, in real danger at the moment of leaving behind only a thin layer of our fossils, radioactive at that.”
— Lewis Thomas, Fragile Species
“If you keep your emotions locked in a box, then when you want to open it one day you’ll find that they’re gone.”
— M.D. Arnold
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Size – the easiest way to create the illusion of space. Objects farther away will appear smaller.
In another hand, as Bertrand Russell once said, “Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.”
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So, Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that every point mass in the universe attracts every other point mass with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
Today we still use Newton’s formula and force it into all our calculations even though we know it is wrong…
Whereas it is what is holding us back, it is not what holds us to the Earth.
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Overlapping – things that are closer to us may overlap those that are farther away.
But… it is clearly superior to Newtonian gravity, being consistent with special theory of relativity!
Besides, in the words of Winston Churchill, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.”
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Fill The Empty Spaces!
“Our ancestors move along with us, in underground rivers and springs too deep for chaos to reach.”
— Wally Lamb, The Hour I First Believed