Thursday, August 25, 2016
Stars and Philosophy
At the end of our last class session we had a short discussion about the implications of Copernican Astronomy on our lives, out look on life, and our personal philosophy. My opinion was that it didn't have very much bearing for me. Yes, we are one tiny speck in a vast universe that may be teaming or almost devoid of life. Inevitably though that has very little to do with our day to day lives or how we should live or envision the world until such a time when we could reach out to some of the other distant heavenly bodies of our universe and touch them, allowing them to their by have some bearing on us. The time is undoubtedly still a ways off, but maybe it is closer than we might think. This BBC article made me readjust my view of things a bit and maybe it will for you. it talks about the recent discovery of a planet that could potential resemble earth, discovered in a relatively close piece of the galaxy.