Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Blob

Giant Mystery Blob Discovered Near the Dawn of Time.

Now that has got to be the headline of the year, or at least of the month. It was the first thing that caught my eye while logging in this morning through Yahoo. It's mind boggling. It's amazing. It's a blob.

Scientists have named their discovery Himiko, "after an ancient Japanese queen with an equally murky past."

I will need to ask Roy, our exchange student, about this. He may be able to shed some light on this strange blobby murkiness.

I wonder if this blob is a blob up close, or just at a distance. I wonder if a specialized pair of spectacles, fitted to the telescope, might help in the resolution.

My personal inclination is always to look at things from a metaphysical point of view. This is probably because it is too much trouble to learn the science. In any case, I find philosophy more pleasant than fact. I want to know about this blob on the basis of meaning. It is not enough to say that this or that giant blob is composed of a combination of gases and forces, time and distance, for the central question remains unanswered, not even approached. What is this blob and what is it doing there? What does it say about us? What does it say about God?

Moreover, one theory, in the purely scientific vein, is that at the center of the giant blob is a giant black hole. A black hole at the beginning of time! A giant light-sucking, matter eating hole!

Well! Where do we begin indeed.

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