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Since it’s the 3rd day of 2009, I have decided to post a statement of beliefs

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This is developed from a text model in Bill Cohen’s book about Life Mapping. But the story told below is all mine. My notion in posting this is to put down a mark in the sands of my time in this Universe.

The purpose of my life

I believe that there is a natural force and random (genetic) process that made all aspects of the Universe possible, including human life. My own life came from the fertilization of eggs in my mother’s womb from my father’s sperm introduced by penis penetration of my mother’s cunt. But that genetic process is simply another in a long line over billions of years looking backward in time and a no less long line into the future.

I am a unique genetic instance. I have left my genetic imprint since I fathered 3 children and will eventually die and turn to “dust”.

The purpose of my life is to find a satisfactory understanding of this Universe and my itty bitty place in it, so that I can enjoy the good days and not rue too long the bad and horrible ones. In this way I should live up to my full potential and not be too much of a burden to those closest to me.

My way to understanding my emotional dilemma in this world is the recognize the ANGUISH I bring on for myself, understanding the cause and nature of that anguish, accepting all that and taking a path of action to address the negative aspects of my anguish and its immediate causes.

My beliefs

Evolution exhibit (Taronga Zoo, Australia)
Image by Colin Purrington via Flickr
I believe that Darwin spoke practical sense when he said:  “My theology is a simple muddle: I cannot look at the Universe as the result of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent Design.” (Letter to Joseph Hooker, July 12 1870).

I believe that it’s not the what fate and my lifetime cause for me but how I deal with it to live as well as I can and not destroy my spirit by mindless resentment and obsession with redress of the wrongs I receive.

I believe every being is unique and must deal with circumstances in his own way with or without help from others.

I believe everyone makes mistakes, but the wise one learns from them.

I believe in the Golden Rule of “do unto others as I would hope for myself”.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/03 at 08:05

Jim Fallows writes about the Fibonacci series

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The range of his interests is amazing. In this piece he writes about that particular part of math that has a lot to do with beauty in nature:

Why didn_t I know this before? (Math dept_ Benford_s law) - James Fallows.jpg

And here is the link to that article in The Atlantic

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/23 at 10:00

8 new natural wonders of the world

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And here is one of them:

Eight new natural wonders added to World Heritage list | Environment | guardian.co.uk.jpg

If you want to see images of the other 7 go here!

And now MSNBC.com offers 28 natural wonder images at this link. Click on the Slideshow Launch icon.

Just to balance things here is a UN World Heritage map:

worldheritagemap

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/08 at 08:50

Another view of the cause of the Universe

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The Templeton Prize 2008 has been awarded to Prof Michael Heller. Here is an excerpt from his writings about life, the Universe, Mathematics et al:

“Various processes in the universe can be displayed as a succession of states in such a way that the preceding state is a cause of the succeeding one. If we look deeper at such processes, we see that there is always a dynamical law prescribing how one state should generate another state. But dynamical laws are expressed in the form of mathematical equations, and if we ask about the cause of the universe we should ask about a cause of mathematical laws. By doing so we are back in the Great Blueprint of God’s thinking the universe. The question on ultimate causality is translated into another of Leibniz’s questions: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” (from his Principles of Nature and Grace). When asking this question, we are not asking about a cause like all other causes. We are asking about the root of all possible causes.”

-Professor Michael Heller

Michael Heller, 2008 Templeton Prize Laureate, speaks to this question in his book “Creative Tension” (Templeton Foundation Press, 2003)

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/03/13 at 08:31