The Greatest Question in Science

by Jörgen Eriksson on December 31, 2015

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

2001 A Space Odyssey

New Years Eve, the final day of 2015 in the modern Western calendar. For me the year we are about to put behind us was both the best in my life and the most unexpectedly challenging. Hopefully the new year will revive the good and bring less challenges, but what if this is a matter of subjective personal preferences and not objective truths? Maybe after all, reality is pre-determined and not for us to change, as I wrote about three years ago in this article.

Pondering the meaning of reflection, I think I better focus on some easier questions to solve, like how I can make 2016 a happy year for my family, or like the question if there is intelligent life in the Universe. Well, maybe it depends on if we count in Earth or not, or does it?

Below is an entertaining, crystal clear treatise on the latter subject by The Economist.

Life in the Universe

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