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Friendly or Hostile Cosmos?

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In a philosophy group to which I belong, a fellow calling himself Barleycorn posted the following thought:

People like to think of the universe as some magical godly force of creation but really it's just the earth that houses life. The universe for the most part is death. Put anything living up in space and the universe instantly kills it. The universe is not your loving friend. This little bubble on earth called an atmosphere is the only thing stopping the universe from instantly murdering you. So why all the memes about the magical mystical universe and all this spirit science crap? And why do so many people feel like the universe will absorb or save your soul at death. No it won't. That's a very romantic idealistic view of the universe. Life struggles AGAINST the universe.

My reply was, and is, as follows:

First, the "little bubble" of life on earth is only possible because of a continuous stream of energy from the nearest star, and because we are held safely within the gravitic embrace of that star, neither too close nor too far. Second, we don't know that this little bubble is the only such bubble, and in fact that seems improbable, since other solar systems analogous to our own are known to exist, and since there is evidence that the life within this bubble didn't start here. Third, cosmologists hypothesize that one universe's black hole is another universe's big bang, that the "singularity" at the heart of each is one and the same, seen from different perspectives. This makes the universe itself seem akin to an organism, and makes a black hole into a womb. There is much to be said for that "romantic idealistic view," within and through the language and achievements of science as it has arisen within this little bubble.


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