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Tue, Jan 22 2008


I think I have Blogheimer's Disease. I completely forgot to post something today. I don't think it's as serious a topic as Cosmic forgetfulness, but it does concern me that I nearly let the whole day slip away without writing a few lines here.

I've never been a fan of talking about Big Bang theories as an isolated topic, simply because I enjoy the thought of a Loving Creator taking time to plan and execute the making of our universe. But when folks write about Cosmic forgetfulness and refer to loop quantum gravity and then go on to talk about time and space being in little chunks and how things are jerky and blocky, it does make me think of how human memory often operates. We remember in detail the contents of some school lunch tray from 50 years ago and yet we can't recall what we ate for breakfast this morning. We remember our first telephone number or first address and yet we can't remember the name of our cousin's husband when we see him on July 4th and at Thanksgiving. Memories often seem random and frivolous. There are certain things we'd like to forget and can't. There are other things we need to remember and yet we forget them within minutes.

I'm wondering if the folks who speak of Cosmic forgetfulness are doing a bit of wishful thinking in making the universe anthropomorphic. If the universe itself can be forgetful then it seems logical that its inhabitants also experience memory lapses and blank spots. It explains away the things we can't plainly see about the universe by making those things seem more like our own foibles and lets us pat ourselves on our jerky, blocky heads as if to reassure ourselves that we come by our forgetfulness naturally.

That's assuming, of course, that forgetfulness is a negative trait. Maybe we'll find out someday that forgetfulness really is a virtue and a talent to be nurtured and cultivated. Until then, I'll consider it mostly annoying and embarrassing.

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