Thursday, January 3, 2019

Black Holes and Root Vegetables

One of the Great Minds when he was nineteen years old wrote, "I was born as a plant near a churchyard, as a man in a pastor's house." A plant emerging from its seed pretty much knows what it's doing, knows its roots go downwards and its leaves go upwards and everything else takes care of itself. A person on the other hand appears to need something more, in many ways he or she is the least free of all creatures, constrained, shackled by the burden of possessing the processes of mind he or she inherited from the thousands and thousands of generations that came before. But as a person settles to the condition of man, those shackles fall away and they do so not because they are gone but because they become less and less visible. Another Great Mind offered the following, "What is most thought provoking is that we are still not thinking."

 "The Singularity" are Black Holes in the universe that alter space time in ways difficult to conceive. The theory suggests there's a one dimensional point that consists of a huge mass contained within an infinitely small space where gravity becomes infinite, where space time curves infinitely and where the laws of physics as we have understood them cease to exist. Also "The Singularity" is often used to describe a moment, in our existence as people, when our creation of technology produces an intelligence that results in technological processes that will change our world in ways that we are incapable of understanding. Some in our number will argue that "Yes" we are brilliant, able to runaround, jump up and down, engage in synchronized swimming, we're totally in charge of our destiny. Others might think about thinking, ask "the most thought provoking question" and suspect that in the end we're already not that different to plants, the singularity will likely realized it for us. To each his own I guess, but in me, I hope the future sees an entertaining root vegetable.

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