…and I still feel like experimenting with the look of this blog.
When I was a kid, my sense of aesthetics was always changing. I would re-arrange my surroundings — consisting solely, at that time, of my bedroom — on a monthly basis. I was restless, and looking at my blog, I’m restless here too. Not with what I’m writing, and reading, but with the appearance of the blog. I know there aren’t many out there actually reading this, but of the ones who do, if you have an opinion on what you see, please share it.
The picture at the top is that of Saturn eclipsing the Sun. I found the picture over at the Edge. I had to crop it for the header – but if you look closely inside the rings on the left side of Saturn (there’s a larger picture here), you’ll see a little dot. That dot is us. Earth. Gaia. Our world. The picture is accompanied by a short comment from Steven Pinker, in which he says:
It is not only perhaps the most stunning photograph ever taken, but the fact that it has not appeared on the cover of Time, New York Times, etc., is a sign of our culture’s indifference to science.
There is nothing so fascinating as a picture of a celestial body. When I think of Heaven, I don’t think of billowing clouds with the deceased walking around in sandals. I think of this picture, and pictures like it, of the billions and billions (imagine me saying that with the inflection of Carl Sagan) of galaxies, and the hundreds of millions of stars in each of them, with the billions and billions (Carl again) of planets contained in solar systems we’ll never see, never visit, and probably never even know exist. That’s heaven, or more properly, the Heavens.
I’m one of those people that truly believes that Science will be the ultimate cause of the demise of religion. I am always deeply amazed at the beauty and wonder of the Universe. Like Richard Dawkins, I find more spirituality gazing at the Heavens than in reading any holy book. So I thought the above picture was a good image for an atheist’s blog – one that signifies just how puny humans are in the grand expanse of the Universe, contrary to most religious thought that puts us at the center of the universe. That little dot places everything in proper perspective. And a more fitting image for this blog, I could not think of.
At least until next month.