"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is." J. Danforth Quayle

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Immutable Laws of Nature

We reside on one of innumerable worlds all conducted by the laws of Nature, unerring and immutable. π is a mathematical constant - a transcendental number being the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. c is the speed of light in a vacuum. Avagadro, Planck, Boyle Bernoulli all apply. The sun does not rise and set, its apparent movement is caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis.

The Bills will disappoint me this season. Again.

These laws, and others like them, are not subject to faith based analysis. They vary neither due to mood nor expectation.  They apply today; they applied yesterday; they will apply tomorrow. If I drop this computer in a vacuum, there is no reason to question whether it will fall to Earth at 9.81 m/s². I must simply accept that fact. 

So there is no use applying deductive reasoning skills. There is no use in wondering if it will be different this time. Accept that it is as it always is. Lie back and think of England.

That car up ahead - seven or eight cars up. The one driving in a manner inconsistent with the clear road conditions, and lack of construction or emergency vehicles. The one that for no logical reason is holding a line of cars ten or fifteen miles under the speed limit.

It is a Buick.

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