The Infinity of Eternity and the Philosophy of Change

Flammarion Woodcut depicting Aristotelian conception of the universe

Evolution does not prove God does not exist. If anything, evolution is a testament of the Creator’s glory. In my essay on evolution, I stated the possibility of the hand of God directing the process of evolution. Due to the flaws of humanity’s pure reason, external senses and subjectivity to time, we can never comprehend the absolute will of the Creator. This imperfectness in the quality and characteristics of humanity’s faculty, establishes a priori in my philosophical works. A priori knowledge is one that is independent of experience or empirical evidence (the senses) and thus is true even for your fathers and forefathers (for example, all triangles have three sides) .

In my essays found in the meditations, I stated that there were two limitations to which humanity would never breach. The first meditation, is the limitations of human understanding and the seventh meditation, is the limitations of man himself as a physical being and an object of matter. As long as one is human and not God (I believe it is impossible for a human being to become God), he is subjected to these two limitations. Similarly, man’s work and product (including this essay) is also subject to these two limitations. However, as long as man acknowledges his imperfectness, he can work to understand things that are within its confines.

Just as doubt is the only thing that is undoubtable (which is why we have faith and trust in God and a philosophy in religion and a religion in philosophy), change is the only constant that is unchangeable. As certain as time flows from past to future (there is no ‘present’ for the ‘present’ has already pass), change is something that flows from one form to another. A clear example of this is the rotation of planets around the sun. Thus change in its essense, is related to the four dimensions, namely, length, height, width and time. Where there is matter (length, height and width that has both mass and volume), there is time. And when matter is subject to time (matter I believe cannot be independent from time), there is change.

Prevailing model of space time

Therefore, if change happens, evolution which is change should also happen. People in general, hates change. Take for example, how the human resource department of companies these days, hates change more than any other thing in the company (change of employers, change in employees, trying to nurture new corporate cultures, shift in workloads, proliferation of duties and longer working hours). However, people working in the human resource department often forget that if there is no change in the company, they would lose their jobs! Ironically, people still hate change after knowing this. Perhaps this is the ultimate reason why people hate evolution.

My friend once said. “My great great great (times a million times) grandfather is not a monkey or a pokemon!”

I did not quite agree with my friend (he is still my friend) on whether his great great great (times a million times) grandfather was a monkey or a pokemon. However, I do know that after whatever change that humanity has gone through, my friend is no longer a monkey or a pokemon (this is not true for all people as I still see some men becoming monkeys on a daily basis….take a look at Malaysia’s political situation….we can study zoology when we read political news!). Barring monkeys and pokemons aside, change is one of the beauty in life. Look at the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, the changing of seasons, the blooming of flowers, the migration of animals and the rise of modern human architecture.

Change is beauty in its fullest!

We often assume that we know a lot about a lot things. In truth, we should know a lot about a lot of things we do not know.

Just take a look at how big our solar system is and judge for yourself.

The solar system has an estimated 19 trillion miles to explore and study! There is unlimited possibilities of the impossible happening! There are three scales to which the solar system can be divided into. The first is the inner planets, followed by the outer planets, and lastly the oort cloud.

Inner planets

The inner planets comprises of Mercury, Mars, Earth, and Mars. All four are terrestrial planets with solid spheres of rock and metallic cores. Because they form close to the young sun, the tremendous heat of creation evaporated their gases, leaving dense airless planets.

Newly designated dwarf planet, Ceres is the largest of the million plus rocky bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists were recently surprised to discover three comets orbiting within the asteroid belts. They appeared to have formed there rather than the outer solar system beyond the planet Neptune. Since they contain water ice, it is possible that such asteroids comets brought water to Earth.

Outer Planets

Born in the cooler parts of the swirling nebula from which the sun emerged, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn swept up stupendous amounts of Hydrogen and Helium. The Planet Uranus and Neptune on the other hand have no solid surface and are ice giants comprising of largely water and ice. Dwarf planets Pluto and Eris reside in the Kuiper belt.

The Kuiper belt is a realm of rocky, and icy bodies whose existence was confirmed in 1992. Sedna, discovered in 2003 is a sphere smaller than Pluto and is now regarded as the most distant solar object ever seen.

Oort Cloud

The oort cloud is never ever directly observed but is thought to surround the system about 19 trillion miles away from the sun. All these parts coalesced from the material thrown off during the birth of our star 4.6 billion years ago.



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