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Welcome To The “Big Empty”

Welcome To The “Big Empty”

"Life" Issues, Astronomy, awareness, Big Bang, Biology, Cosmology, Creation, curiosity, Entropy, Evolution, extraterrestrial intelligences, mathematics, Milky Way Galaxy, Nature, physics, quantum physics, Science, Secularity, SETI, Skeptic, solitude, Thermodynamics, Uncategorized, Universe, Wholeness
I have written before about the likelihood of intelligent life in our Galaxy, and how the existence or non-existence of life in the Milky Way relates to human religious sensibilities. Now I want to take a more “global” perspective and approach that same question, not from the relatively parochial standpoint of intelligent life “merely” in our Galaxy, but from the standpoint of intelligent life in the entire Universe.  But the questions I pose here are essentially the same in all respects as the questions I posed in the original “Skeptic’s Collection” column.  Given some realistic-seeming, in fact, most likely optimistic, assumptions about the probability that intelligent life will evolve on any given planet orbiting any given star, how widely separated – across the entire Universe – mu
Daily Practice for June 28, 2016

Daily Practice for June 28, 2016

Word: This weekend, as we pushed to move the United Methodist Church to full inclusion at all levels, the inclusive movement was widely in the majority. It was clear. So that is when the privilege talks came: "I feel like I don't have a voice in this." "I am left out." "There's no room for me." "It is no longer equal." Inside my head, I just was screaming, "Have you looked into a mirror?" People were bemoaning their ability to no longer prosecute a minority and that they were now the smaller voice. In fact, nothing is being taken away. We are just becoming more grace-filled. There is now room for all stories to come to the table. As my clergy friend, Ruth Marston said (paraphrased), "When I meet you, I am afraid you will find out who I am because who I am is a prosecutable