Discover Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine


After reading Alan Lightman on the Longing for Absolutes in a Relative World and What Gives Lasting Meaning to Our Lives – Brain Pickings, I am very curious.

A cool Sagan quote in the post:

The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.

And from Alan Lightman, the author of the book:

Nothing in the physical world seems to be constant or permanent. Stars burn out. Atoms disintegrate. Species evolve. Motion is relative. Even other universes might exist, many without life. Unity has given way to multiplicity. I say that the Absolutes have been challenged rather than disproved, because the notions of the Absolutes cannot be disproved any more than they can be proved. The Absolutes are ideals, entities, beliefs in things that lie beyond the physical world. Some may be true and some false, but the truth or falsity cannot be proven.

Sounds like something I want to chew on.