I read the mini-bang machine article (see Greg’s post below),Â and here’sÂ my thoughts:
While science (this truly mind-boggling kind in particular),Â does interest,Â amaze and excite me, it also frightens me.Â Â How much fiddling about can we doÂ before we get burned?Â Â I’m not referring to the possibility of the apocolypse mentioned in the article – norÂ am I thinking of fire and brimstoneÂ being hurled downÂ upon us by an irritated God/Creator/Almighty (no, not even thatÂ He Who Is Called “I Am” bloke) – at least not literally.Â I just wonder if there are things we shouldn’t leave well enough alone.Â I acknowledge the factÂ that the lovely folks performing these incredible experiments are much brighter than myself, but maybe we’re supposed to have limits?Â Its like we’re poking a giant in the eye – one day he’ll wake upÂ in painÂ andÂ pissed off, and simply stomp out the source of his discomfort.Â And should we be messing about with “new” universes when we can’t even seem to live peacefully and healthily in our own?Â I mean, really, we haven’t even been able to manage our own little blue planet.
The article reminds me of something… and ha! I’ve just remembered it.Â Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.Â A trilogy of books,Â categorized, I suppose as children’sÂ lit (though it does get pretty heavy), dealing with the idea of multiple universes andÂ dark matter (dark material), criticisms of religion, etc.Â A quote from the Wikipedia article:
“The three major literary influences on His Dark Materials acknowledged by Pullman himself are the essay On the Marionette Theatre by Heinrich von Kleist, the works of William Blake, and, most importantly, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, from which the trilogy derives its title as well as many of its basic ideas. Pullman’s stated intention was to invert Milton’s story of a war between heavenÂ and hell. In his introduction, he adapts Blake’s line to quip that he (Pullman) “is of the Devil’s party and does know it.” The novels also draw heavily on gnostic ideas, and His Dark Materials has been a subject of controversy, especially with certain Christian groups.”
Anyhow, the books are very good, read them.Â Apparently New Line is adapting them for film.
Wow, I’m famished.Â In search of dinner I shall go.Â Â Â