The opening scene of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (2014) starts with this beginning of this quote.
The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. (Carl Sagan, "Cosmos (1980)")Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us that Carl Sagan started us on a great adventure.
This adventure is made possible by generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules
- Test ideas by experimentation and observation
- Build on those ideas that pass the test
- Reject the ones that fail
- Follow the evidence wherever is leads.
- Question everything
Accept these terms and the cosmos is yours.These rules fit perfectly well into the rules of spiritual exploration too. As I experimented on Alma's word I observed the Good Word of God swelling in me.
I have come to see that not all of my childhood suppositions seem to actually be real and I am OK with that.
I love the allegory of the olive tree in Jacob 5. The tree is dunged and pruned to remove the most bitter branches, according to the strength of the roots.
Line upon line we learn, live and become the Good we receive from God.
And science has been a gift of God to us. And is part of the great whole of good and truth.
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