by Stormfish August. 01, 2014 5572 views

according to some physicists [], there are 6 constants [] that make life possible in the universe:

N = ratio of the strengths of gravity to that of electromagnetism;
Epsilon (ε) = strength of the force binding nucleons into nuclei;
Omega (?) = relative importance of gravity and expansion energy in the Universe, or Density parameter;
Lambda (λ) = cosmological constant;
Q = ratio of the gravitational energy required to pull a large galaxy apart to the energy equivalent of its mass;
D = number of spatial dimensions in spacetime.
(wikipedia [])

if the value of any of these is altered - and only to a ver small margin - life as we know it wouldn't be possible. this so called "fine tuning of the universe []“ has been debated back and forth in the ongoing quarrel of ”intelligent design", ultimative the question if there was a creator (god) or not.

i am a strong defender of richard dawkins [] thesis that there is almost certainly NO god that creates us, life, the universe or anything. it occurs to me that god seems to be only necessary when your mind is low, when humans drift away from tackling the open, complex tasks of exploring, of finding out what lays behind the “mysteries” we encounter since the first day of our conscious awareness. and for me, discovering and curiously poking into these mysteries or unanswered questions is not only imperative, but probably the biggest driving force of life itself.

behind even the smallest, but also larges scales []in the universe, but as well in your own backyard, there is STRUCTURE []. structure is not only one stone sitting on the other, structure is the relation between these stones, and this relation is made by yourself. we see lines, we see smoothness, we see a “things” when there is, actually, nothing but a blur of atoms, molecules and energy forms.

so why all the fuzz? because as an intelligent life form [], we need to compare, categorize and clarify. we can't just “be” - even though that so very often is the wish we have… simply enjoy our life without any questions. there is no alternative to do both at once, intertwined, every day until you're gone.

the bigger question remains: what is life []?

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Roxanne 6 years, 10 months ago

oh what a question... what is life. so many things. including the structure photographed here.

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Carole Gledhill 6 years, 10 months ago

Mystified by #2 its very beautiful whatever it is.

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Josy 6 years, 10 months ago

For me the life is maybe a chain of facts, events, coincidences which brought to us here and now. The same or another chain will remove us.I'm not far from believing that sometimes, we are an error :)

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Jenny 6 years, 10 months ago

Wunderschöne bilder, sehr gelungen!

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-- Lyency 6 years, 10 months ago

a post intelligently designed (in particular, the last three images)

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Antonio Gil 6 years, 10 months ago


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Jarvo J 6 years, 10 months ago

Fascinating post, neat pictures too. What is life? I guess any understanding needs to include something about the ability of complex molecules to replicate themselves. But that is more that a bit reductionist.

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 10 months ago

What is life? Being is life ...
I really enjoyed this series - and, as ever, your take on such things ...

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Gillian Parsons 6 years, 10 months ago

Interesting series, and information.

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