Now You Know What I Think

9. June 2010 11:37
by nickolay_kolev
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Why do we exist?

9. June 2010 11:37 by nickolay_kolev | 6 Comments

I guess many people ask themselves why life exists and what is the purpose or the idea of life in the first place. I ask myself this very often and I think I found an interesting way to look at the problem and I will try to answer it from a different perspective. This of course will be a mechanical explanation, as anything else in our society.

Some people try to find the reason for their lives and don’t question the existence of life as phenomena at all. Others are trying to outsmart the problem by changing the question, like for example “What is my reason to life”. It is not a bad question and changes the perspective quite a bit and in the right direction too, I think, but still it is just a way for an individual to find one’s reason for existence. More...

7. May 2010 11:21
by nickolay_kolev
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Souls and Evolution

7. May 2010 11:21 by nickolay_kolev | 13 Comments

There are lots of facts that are in favor of Darwin. If you follow the theory and the anthropologists’ findings you can see that the evolution is a good natural and logical explanation.

As any theory, to be a theory it needs to satisfy 3 conditions: to be verifiable, falsifiable and be able to predict future events or experiment results.

The theory has explained very well everything found so far. It is also very easy to falsify it - you only need to find a single fossil that doesn't belong the era the layer belonged to, where you dug it out and the theory will be declared false. So far it holds perfectly. More...

26. March 2010 06:02
by nickolay_kolev
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We still are at the center of the Universe

26. March 2010 06:02 by nickolay_kolev | 53 Comments

The other day I was listening to Carl Sagan's Essay audio book and he was discussing the fact that it took few centuries for us humans, to remove ourselves from the center of the Solar system and put the Sun where it belongs.

While I was listening to the audio book and to all of the arguments and facts that Carl Sagan was presenting, I was wondering where did we go, after we removed ourselves out from the center of the Solar System. We can't just float around randomly in space (hmm, aren't we doing exactly that?). We should have positioned us somewhere else, preferably more important place than the center of the Solar System. More...

1. February 2010 19:15
by nickolay_kolev
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Evolution on steroids

1. February 2010 19:15 by nickolay_kolev | 120 Comments

Evolution accelerates. History shows that next steps in life development take less and less time to happen.

  

It took about 3B years to evolve from simple life-forms to multicellular organisms. Craniates appeared few hundred million years ago, mammals ten million years ago and so on.

 

We, as species, emerged some hundred thousand years ago. Civilization started a few thousand years ago.

The reason for this shortening of the evolution time spans is probably the fact that each sequential step is based and uses the development of all previous steps. It is easy to evolve, once you have done the hard part - start the life and sustain it for a long period of time.

 

This pattern of shortening the time of development is most likely to continue, unless something disruptive happens, like nuclear war, global warming (already happening), or the Moon decides to leave us (which, in fact, is also happening). Each new development requires a fraction of the time required for the previous one. More...