Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A conscious universe

Back to a heap of unread magazines that accumulated during the summer, including the current issue of Scientific American, which is dedicated to the legacy of Albert Einstein.

Einstein once said that "the most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible." And when you think about it, it is indeed remarkable that a mass of nerve fibers the size of a softball can comprehend the cosmos -- a myriad of galaxies with a 13 billion year history.

Of course, some softball-sized masses of nerve fibers are more remarkable than others, which is why we are remembering Einstein.