Have you ever found yourself in the last waking seconds before sleep, in the shower, or daydreaming in a meeting, asking the big questions about yourself or the world around you?
Who am I? Why am I here? Am I the only me out there? What is the meaning of life? Is there a meaning? Are we the only intelligent creatures out there? Are we alone?
Today we will look at two questions for which nobody has a definitive answer: How many universes are there? And, Why can’t we see evidence of alien life?
While these questions may seem deeply rooted in science, their answers bring us to the edge of knowledge and force us to ask bigger questions residing in philosophy and religion.
In the following video from one of our favorite creators, TED, curator Chris Anderson shows us what we know (and what we think we know) about our place in the universe, and the neighbors we may have out there:
If this video left you scratching your head, don’t worry; it did, me, too. I wanted to bring this video to the Ever Widening Circles community specifically because of the questions it leaves us with, because I think wonder lies among them. Questions without answers make us realize that “it’s still an amazing world.”
It is amazing that we might be alone here, and it is equally as amazing that we might not be. It is amazing that our universe is so vast that we can barely comprehend it, and it is also amazing that we know so little about what is out there.
At the edge of knowledge, we are forced to ask bigger and better questions. This is where progress is made, and where we learn about ourselves. Keep asking the questions without answers. Be lead by wonder.
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge
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- Anderson, Chris. “Questions No One Knows the Answers to (Full Version).”YouTube. TED-Ed, 17 Mar. 2012. Web. 08 Dec. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SWvDHvWXok#action=share>. ↩