Small Fires In the Deep

Seen, and duly noted.

I've bookmarked this perfect meditation; pressed it between digital pages like a hopeful, Spring rose.

There's few things quite so wonderful as sharing a luminous mystery with a million of your closest friends. Happy Valentine's Day, Gerard, to you and yours.

Posted by Joan of Argghh at February 14, 2012 2:58 AM

You can know everything and understand nothing. Understanding is a leap beyond rational knowing and depends on faith, of course.

And. A wiser man than me pointed out that discovery is the 'action' of the unknown.

And. The wisest man I've ever encountered noted that we should leave ultimate secrets of the meaning/purpose of the universe to the creator and be happy with our lot which is to search endlessly for the same.

Posted by John Hinds at February 14, 2012 6:02 AM

Ever since I took a graduate course in Chinese history 45 years ago, I have wondered why science and scientific method emerged in the Western world and not in China. The Chinese, of course, also wondered why. After all, the brilliant historian Charles Needham documented the hundreds of inventions that ended up being merely toys or gimmicks in China, such as gunpowder and currency, but that had long ago been created by the Chinese. So it seems that the seeds of science--inventiveness, creativity, cleverness--existed outside the West too.

I believe I recently discovered the answer. In my reading about religion in the West, I discovered that theologians and historians of Christianity again and again comment upon the lawfulness of God. Now I see that only in a context where there was an underlying and strong believe in the lawfulness of God could there arise a corresponding belief in the lawfulness of the universe in general. Science--the search for the laws of the universe--arose from Christianity.

Science couldn't arise in China because there was no substrate of belief in a universe guided by a lawful being. Science couldn't arise in the Islamic world because the Islamic God is capricious--Allah's will cannot be predicted.

The question for the present age is: can science continue to exist without the substrate of belief in a lawful God provided by the Judeo-Christian heritage? Have some scientists, by rejecting Christianity, actually uncut the basis of their own science?

Posted by Gloria at February 14, 2012 11:36 AM

Millions of tiny little creatures, glowing as they dance the dance of life. Tiny little creatures with long splendiferous names, known and loved as individuals not even by themselves, yet lighting huge swaths of the world, like tiny galaxies in the sea of night.

Naming and explaining it deepens the mystery and beauty, really.

Posted by Maureen at February 14, 2012 2:01 PM

The word bioluminescent just tickles the tongue, even as beholding its effect tickles the eyes.

Posted by Jewel at February 14, 2012 6:09 PM

How humorous the power of a life form as simple as bacteria to confound.

Posted by robinstarfish at February 14, 2012 8:53 PM


Posted by M. Simon at February 19, 2012 6:40 PM

G, I do love this feast you've prepared and shared. My thanks to you!

Very glad also to read Gloria's thoughts.

Posted by DeAnn at August 3, 2013 6:12 AM

In the end, we, as humans, seek answers through science to become one with God.

The ability not just to feel the wonder and amazement of phenomena, but to create that wonder and amazement in the hearts of others is a powerful force. It is the power to capture hearts and minds, even if only for a moment.

Those who understand the relationship between God and awe are constantly revelling in their own amazement at the beauty and complexity of his works, happy to be following his path.

Those who deny it are driven mad in their inability to explain why they cannot match or even truly understand the depths of the power emanating from a being they are trying so hard to prove does not exist.

Posted by dan at January 23, 2015 8:23 AM

Issac Newton would have witnessed bioluminescence as a religious experience, after he deduced what it was. The Rationalist commonly mistake the great man to be one of their own and the father of scientific method.

Newton resurrected would overturn the tables of science at the temple of government like the wild man he was. His records were sealed for three hundred years because he was a heretic in his day, in other words, a proper skeptic.

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