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    My Problems Are Nothing... (You MUST See to Understand)

    ...compared to the size and glory of the universe!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ptdbNUtpx4

    You need to enlarge film to fully comprehend.

    Puts thing is perspective, now doesn't it?

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    How many Scraper Bikes could you make from a Death Star?
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    As strange as it may seem, one of the most comforting things that I heard when I was growing up was:

    You are a fluke of the Universe
    You have no right to be here
    and whether you know it or not
    the Universe is laughing behind your back...

    Anytime I start to take myself a bit too seriously, I remember I am but a spec and my time here is but a blink - and any problem I am going through is less than a blink in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude
    As strange as it may seem, one of the most comforting things that I heard when I was growing up was:

    You are a fluke of the Universe
    You have no right to be here
    and whether you know it or not
    the Universe is laughing behind your back...

    Anytime I start to take myself a bit too seriously, I remember I am but a spec and my time here is but a blink - and any problem I am going through is less than a blink in time.

    That's beautiful. I'm going through a rough patch right now, but it's incomprehensibly insignificant in the scheme of things!

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    Here in our frontier town, well I am someone. I have more than a few employees and considerable amount of land. But, if you let yourself start thinking you are mister wonderful - it starts setting you up for disappointment.

    I look at the Donald Trumps of world and think "What a clueless jerk". He looks absolutely miserable but thinks he is a bigshot. I mean, he doesn't even have good hair!

    Whatever your situation, do your best and enjoy the ride. The bad things shape you to be better and stronger - unless they kill you of course and then you won't be worrying about it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude
    Whatever your situation, do your best and enjoy the ride. The bad things shape you to be better and stronger - unless they kill you of course and then you won't be worrying about it anyway.
    I would really like to open a broader discussion on the nature and spectacle of the universe.

    Other life forms...do they exist?

    Is it (space) infinite?

    If not, the what is the nature of it's boundaries?

    Does time have a beginning and end if the universe is finite?

    Since we are but particles to a Red Giant, then what is the nature of our own atomic particles? Are these things really the same? Does that mean that stars are sentient?

    If data can be stored as binary waves, are memories subject to the same conservation laws as energy? If so, then is there an argument for the continuance of consciousness?
    Last edited by Serendipper; 05-31-07 at 07:25 AM.

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    Yeah, but they don't have any problems. They're just big balls of gas.
    Wait, maybe that's why they don't have any problems.

    hmmm, maybe VegasVic is on to something.
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    Did you just say "minarchist?" I'm going to start a 10-page vaginathon because only Libertarians can define Libertarianism. Also, you're mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude
    As strange as it may seem, one of the most comforting things that I heard when I was growing up was:

    You are a fluke of the Universe
    You have no right to be here
    and whether you know it or not
    the Universe is laughing behind your back...

    Anytime I start to take myself a bit too seriously, I remember I am but a spec and my time here is but a blink - and any problem I am going through is less than a blink in time.
    I have always derived a sublime pleasure from looking at the stars on a clear night.

    There's something immensely comforting in laying there just staring at all those points of light and not letting my mind try to make order of it. Just to lie there and take in all that wonder, and know that I can never truly comprehend how vast and beautiful this universe is makes me feel insignificant and wonderful.

    The Southern Hemisphere's great for that sort of thing - nice view of the Milky Way. My best experience was in Namibia - 85 miles from the nearest light bulb.
    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    Did you just say "minarchist?" I'm going to start a 10-page vaginathon because only Libertarians can define Libertarianism. Also, you're mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus
    Yeah, but they don't have any problems. They're just big balls of gas.
    Wait, maybe that's why they don't have any problems.

    hmmm, maybe VegasVic is on to something.

    If one's awareness is in direct proportion to one's worriedness, then God must be miserable.

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    I would really like to open a broader discussion on the nature and spectacle of the universe.

    Other life forms...do they exist?

    They'd better do. We're making a mockery of sentience.

    Is it (space) infinite?
    It better be. We need breathing room!

    If not, the what is the nature of it's boundaries?
    Probably something akin to a very stretched out fruit roll-up. Strawberry flavour.

    Does time have a beginning and end if the universe is finite?
    Yes.

    Since we are but particles to a Red Giant, then what is the nature of our own atomic particles? Are these things really the same? Does that mean that stars are sentient?
    By that logic the curry paste in the back of my fridge has as much right to be sentient. I find that disturbing. Especially since the jar of sambal also has a right to sentience. And if that were the case I do NOT want to be in the middle of that sauce war. Those two are nasty.

    If data can be stored as binary waves, are memories subject to the same canservation laws as energy? If so, then is there an argument for the continuance of consciousness?
    That's an interesting question. I don't believe that consciousness continues, but I am curious about some of the stuff I've read about entropy and information theory and stuff like that. I'll shut up now, let's see if anyone useful has something to add...
    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus
    Since we are but particles to a Red Giant, then what is the nature of our own atomic particles? Are these things really the same? Does that mean that stars are sentient?
    By that logic the curry paste in the back of my fridge has as much right to be sentient. I find that disturbing. Especially since the jar of sambal also has a right to sentience. And if that were the case I do NOT want to be in the middle of that sauce war. Those two are nasty.


    Why man...whyyy?You're killin' me!!LOL!

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    The Earth may be nothing on the Universal scale.

    I may be but a speck on the Earth.

    Spider bites still hurt like a m*********!

    It's all relative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyLowe97
    The Earth may be nothing on the Universal scale.

    I may be but a speck on the Earth.

    Spider bites still hurt like a m*********!

    It's all relative.
    Stars also die eventually. Perhaps they lament over their regrets and feel pain as well.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JSR_6qfXTg

    "So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
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    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
    'cause there's bugger all down here on Earth."

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    Other life forms...do they exist?
    Absolutely.

    Is it (space) infinite?
    Possibly, but we will never know unless someone figures out a way to travel at velocities much greater than the speed of light.

    If not, the what is the nature of it's boundaries?
    And what happens at that boundary? If there is a physical boundary, there must be something beyond, otherwise the boundary would be a plane like singularity, which according to physics as we currently understand it can not exist. I believe that at the end, the only boundary is space and time. There is a practical boundary, not a physical one. Either that or it wraps around like in Ms. Pac Man.

    Does time have a beginning and end if the universe is finite?
    There must be a t=0. In my mind there must be a beginning. I can not accept the concept of "it always was". That doesn't mean that this is the first time that the universe has experienced a "Big Bang" then collapsed again until all the mass was in one place and Planck temperature was reached, starting the cycle over.

    Since we are but particles to a Red Giant, then what is the nature of our own atomic particles? Are these things really the same? Does that mean that stars are sentient?

    No, size does not dictate consciousness.

    If data can be stored as binary waves, are memories subject to the same conservation laws as energy? If so, then is there an argument for the continuance of consciousness?

    Does that mean that I am merely the continuance of someone else's thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polara426sh
    Since we are but particles to a Red Giant, then what is the nature of our own atomic particles? Are these things really the same? Does that mean that stars are sentient?

    No, size does not dictate consciousness.

    {I am not predicting that size dictates consciousness, but that "as above so below" we may be but micro organisms, part of a larger living being, celestial in nature. Similar to bacterial systems, with solarites as the body. **

    If data can be stored as binary waves, are memories subject to the same conservation laws as energy? If so, then is there an argument for the continuance of consciousness?

    Does that mean that I am merely the continuance of someone else's thoughts?

    { ..Or a continuance of your own? Pehaps DNA is also a map of consciousness and personality along with genetic information? **

    *My notes bracketed in coloured text.

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    There is a star named Betelgeuse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    There is a star named Betelgeuse?
    Say that three times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    There is a star named Betelgeuse?

    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    Say that three times.

    I've seen this trick. Do not want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    I am not predicting that size dictates consciousness, but that "as above so below" we may be but micro organisms, part of a larger living being, celestial in nature. Similar to bacterial systems, with solarites as the body.
    We are as but a virus traveling through the bloodstream of a giant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    Or a continuance of your own? Pehaps DNA is also a map of consciousness and personality along with genetic information?
    With the birthrate being greater than the death rate would there not be "blank slates" being born every day?

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    So the satellite radio company that employs Howard Stern is bigger than our sun? Where do they office?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    I've seen this trick. Do not want.

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    Will they be snackrificed on a roll of sourdough?

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