Without the darkness, there can be no light. Without light, there is no energy, no quark. Without the quark, there can be no atom. Without the atom, there would be no matter and no mass, no gravity. Without gravity, there’d be no way to get down with our bad selves.
And while getting quarky within the dark – much like the following hour of our programming does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the University of California at Davis, KDVS or its sponsors – the more you look, the more it becomes clear.
The universe is an intricate, complicated place where even the most basic components are far from intuitive to our human perspective. Without this unintuitive complication, we would not be here. Without science, we wouldn’t know where here is or even where or when here is. And so, we couldn’t be possibly saying, This Week in Science, coming up next.
Nature in all its splendorific glory cannot answer the fundamental question asked by mankind, “Why are we here? Why are we here?”
Nature does offer answers of course, we are to eat, to reproduce and to survive for another day. This would be fine if the opposite were not just as true, that we are here to be eaten, to die and to fertilize the soil – The Cycle of Life.
Appealing at first, seemingly unfair later, is perhaps the greatest driving behind all of human knowledge, what we learn of the world, what we teach our children, what we discover in the darkness of the unknown and light the torch of the future generations to blah, blah, blah, see clearly.
Is knowledge part of ourselves that outlives flesh and bone, propels our minds beyond the limitations of nature’s life cycle? And while propelling reproductive questions – much like the following hour programming – does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the University of California at Davis, KDVS or its sponsors.
Think deeply from the fountain of immortality knowing that knowing will connect you not only to the here and now, but to the past and the future as well. For it is knowing that allows us to live in happiness on This Week in Science. Coming up next.
There has been a movement under way in the world. It began long before the ancient civilizations and continues into our modern age.
It is a movement of the mind, a revolution in thought and technology and possibility. It is called reason. It is called enlightenment. It is called science. And it is good.
And while the revolution may occasionally be televised, it – much like the following hour of programming – does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the University of California at Davis, KDVS or its sponsors.
Your role in the revolution – should you choose to accept it – is to enjoy thinking, to seek out new knowledge and to share that knowledge with others. The revolution is now broadcasting, podcasting and tweeting. So do your scientific duty. Play your part in the history of thought. Live up to your mental potential and fulfill your intellectual destiny.
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The future is not difficult to see. Unlike the past, events of the future have yet to commit themselves to exacting detail. Yet in the mystery of an unfolding world, there is much that can be foreseen. The little things we expect from the future often come true with incredible reliability, like when the rent is due or whether or not it’s going to rain.
The more often our future unfolds as we have expected, the more comfortable we are in commanding the course that it will take and that we get to go where we want to.
And though, comfortable foreseeing of the otherwise unforeseeable – much like the following hour of programming does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the University of California at Davis, KDVS or its sponsors – through science, the past is always becoming clear.
We can see how one event lends itself to another. Through science, we can understand so well the workings of the world that the future cannot only be predicted, it can be manufactured to our liking, making the only time that is not as well known to us as the past and future is the one we are currently in – the moment of now.