Thinking Out Loud!:Reach Out and Touch Space

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I just read that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has been advanced with the confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves in space. I always thought that space was a place to see things. Now, people will be able to listen to the universe. LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) has allowed scientists to hear the sound of black holes colliding in space. As the collision is about to occur there is a “chirping” sound indicating the imminent collision.
So let me put this all in perspective. I wanted to “see” the universe; now I can ‘hear” the universe. Can the astronauts taste, touch and smell the universe? If so, what is it like? I live on a planet where a satellite can fly around the circumference of Earth in ninety minutes and NASA is suiting up for a trip to Mars which will take about 260 days depending on the orbits of Earth and Mars just to get there.
The human body has about 60,000 miles of blood vessels and that would stretch about two and one half times around Planet Earth- for one person. I have also been advised that humans gain about seven miles of blood vessels for every pound they gain; therefore, some people have great interstellar potential when using their blood vessels as a tool of measurement.
I do not want to complicate things but I am told that no two snowflakes have an identical shape and each year snowfall on this planet is 1 followed by twenty four zeros (a million billion kilograms). In case you were wondering there are approximately 7.5 x 1018 grains of sand, or seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains on Earth.
It is fun to look at numbers, but sobering to reflect on them, as we contemplate our identity amongst the numbers. We really cannot conceptualize ourselves in a distinct linear tempo-spatial frame. Rather, we have to view ourselves embedded in and through time-space events. Simply, knowledge and information is advancing at such a fast pace that some might feel the eroding sand beneath their feet as the wave retreats into the ocean as they attempt to “keep up”. We cannot “keep up”; we have to adapt to “keep up”. Therefore, I am going to do a lot more listening, seeing, tasting, touching and smelling to try to adapt to my ever changing world.

2017-02-22T15:11:59+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|