Wednesday, October 07, 2009

What We Don't Know

What a couple of days. PC and Broadband problems everywhere.

One PC decided to just stop booting up for no apparent reason. A quick rejig of the internal wiring and some jerry-rigging later and it started. Why did it stop? No idea. All the hardware was wired properly and all the software had the correct settings.

This got me thinking about all the things we don't know about the world around us. In computers, why does software crash for no reason and then happily restart and give no problems ever again? Ghosts in the machine?

Our minds are a similar puzzle. Is our mind a part of the physical brain that we haven't discovered yet? Or is it a soul, a spiritual essence that only partly resides in this universe or the three-dimensional world?

There is so much we don't know, and probably never will.


Meg said...

The joy of the mystery of life.

Fun to ponder, but if I think too long about it I give myself a headache.

Martin Willoughby said...

I have a permanent headache.