Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Northern Lights - Michigan
Here is something I invariably think about whenever I hear of a new scientific discovery (or a discovery of any kind): We've only just now DISCOVERED it but the fact - the possibility - the "thing" discovered has, perhaps, always existed.

The human genome began to be mapped in 1990 but those 20,000 genes existed back in the days of the cave men in exactly the same way. It took us 6,000-10,000 years to realize they were even there!


The solar system, all the way out to Pluto and the newly discovered dwarf planets of Haumea and Makemake (discovered in 2008) have been circling our sun for a hundred thousand  years before we knew it! The microbes and black holes and every physical principle that makes computers work always existed.


The drugs we take that make us well come from a combination of elements and flora and fauna that existed before humans walked the earth.


What a complex world we live in - so complex that there seems to be no end to the discovery of new things (to us) that have always been.


I am awed by that. I am awed by the fact that God had the ability to make it all to such detail that it has taken us and continues to take us whole lifetimes and eons to just  scratch the surface.

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