Cassie Rodenberg: Electron-ic Bonds

Defying the unseen
April 21, 2009, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Musings, Science

I like to define. Ironically, though I am unwilling to be defined, I like to define objects and abstract terms around me; the thesaurus is a good friend. In science, it’s much the same: the be all and end all of knowledge is definition and, thus, understanding.

Recently, I’ve thought of forces unseen, abstract terms like love, power and hate define our lives as much as the principles of physics. These you cannot touch, but you can feel. These are often brushed aside, deemed unscientific, but aren’t they? Can’t you feel your force upon others or their force upon you? These immeasurables constitute much of day to day life. Unseen physics dominate our psyche the way actual physics make us fall.

These “felt” physics seldom contain ruled edges, content to lurk in the shadows of our conscious thought, where we remain only vaguely aware of their presence. This, I argue, is the problem. We have obligations to these forces as much as we do to physics.

We wear seatbelts in cars to prevent a crash because we know crash rates and dangers. Shouldn’t we have the same in life – remembering sympathy and reason? These, unlike physics, we can choose to ignore. Shouldn’t empathy come as naturally as gravity? It should, but it doesn’t.

We remember our obligation to gravity: we hardly jump and remain in mid-air. What has happened to make our innate physics equation go awry? We become all the worse when steeping a brew of disregard and hatred: kind, sympathetic efforts are dulled and lost. Physics is known for innovation, yet we muddle our equation, defying for no reason at all.


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Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

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Thanks so much – enjoy!

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