Today’s Interesting Stuff

An article “13 Things That Do Not Make Sense” on NewScientist.com had an intriguing bit of information which plays right into the ‘old earth’ hypothesis related to creation.

The horizon problem

OUR universe appears to be unfathomably uniform. Look across space from one edge of the visible universe to the other, and you’ll see that the microwave background radiation filling the cosmos is at the same temperature everywhere. That may not seem surprising until you consider that the two edges are nearly 28 billion light years apart and our universe is only 14 billion years old.

Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, so there is no way heat radiation could have travelled between the two horizons to even out the hot and cold spots created in the big bang and leave the thermal equilibrium we see now.

This “horizon problem” is a big headache for cosmologists, so big that they have come up with some pretty wild solutions. “Inflation”, for example.

You can solve the horizon problem by having the universe expand ultra-fast for a time, just after the big bang, blowing up by a factor of 1050 in 10-33 seconds. But is that just wishful thinking? “Inflation would be an explanation if it occurred,” says University of Cambridge astronomer Martin Rees. The trouble is that no one knows what could have made that happen, but see Inside inflation: after the big bang.

So, in effect, inflation solves one mystery only to invoke another. A variation in the speed of light could also solve the horizon problem – but this too is impotent in the face of the question “why?” In scientific terms, the uniform temperature of the background radiation remains an anomaly.

This is beautiful. According to the ‘old earth’ view of creation, God created the earth as though it were already ‘old’. Instead of every natural cycle having to begin for the first time when God created all things, all the cycles were already full functioning with all parts of each natural cycle in a state of happening. Even though the entire universe had just come to be moments before in our finite time, it’s various members were fully functional. So the temperatures of microwave radiation across the entire universe were already uniform as though the universe were billions upon untold billions of years old.

Isn’t our God amazing? And isn’t it sad that so much effort and brilliance is wasted on hypotheses which are full of dead ends because their root assumptions are so false?

Peaks, Valleys, and Rails…

An article in Christianity Today really spoke some profound truth to me. I must say I’ve been a proponent of the ‘mountain-tops and valleys’ view of life in general, and in the context of this article, relationships.

Joy and difficulty are an odd combination, but much of life is lived seeking one and avoiding the other. I used to think they came one at a time, like alternating currents. Now I realize they’re both present, all the time.

I’m developing eyes to see both simultaneously.

A peaceful coexistence On our honeymoon, Susan and I chose the wrong day to spend at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida. Shortly after we paid our admission and entered the park, a tropical storm moved in and dumped more than four inches of rain on us.

Within minutes we were soaked. Normally, the idea of spending several hours in sopping wet pants, shirts plastered to our skin, and shoes squishing water with each step, is not my idea of a good time. It could have been a miserable day.

But I was with the woman I loved, and she was with me! We took photos of each other splashing through puddles with our stringy hair arranged in crazy ‘dos. That was the first time in our marriage that I realized joy and difficulty could coexist. But it wasn’t the last.

The idea that life is like the rails a train rides on, constant contact with both joy and adversity being important to growth and a normal mode of life should have a profound impact on how we live our lives.

And a final bit of absurdity…

Apparently I’ve been misinformed: there are worse things than dying a sinner.

A Dutch escort agency is launching a special virgin service for computer geeks.

Sociology student Zoe Vialet, who set up Society Service last year, says she has had a lot of demand from virgins.

She says most of them work in the IT sector and added: “They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared.

“Every booking lasts three hours minimum. Longer is possible, shorter not. We take the time to take a bath together, do a massage and explore each others body.

“When the date is over, you will have had a fantastic experience, and you will be able to pleasure a woman.”

Zoe and her colleague Marieke have specially trained five girls to look after the needs of virgins, reports De Telegraaf.

She added: “You better practise before having a girlfriend. Woman expect men older than 30 having had some experience.

“Some men need a little bit of help. But it makes them happy and they are glowing .There is nothing more terrible than dying as a virgin.”

Article printed in the Independent Online April 21st, 2007.

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