What ever happened to the old scientists contention that, what was before the Big Bang, was simply beyond the limits of science and would always belong to the realm of religion, much more so than anything that can seriously be called science?
I also find it fascinating how often I will hear someone telling us how the atom is almost all emptiness - yet at the same time we need to build billion dollar machines that suck up the power of a city to smash them. Why isn’t there some cognitive dissonance going on?
I also find it fascinating how well so many smart people, scientists, business people, enthusiasts can talk breathlessly about colonizing the moon and Mars, and all these other wonderful things science/technology has envisioned for these next decades - all the while outside our window we are watching a terrifying civilization upending climatic transition coming at us fast and furious, with no end in sight. Why isn’t there some cognitive dissonance going on?
Self fantasizing is what we do best. It’s served us (well some of us) well, up until we needed to start learn to accept limits on our expectations, along with recognizing our life sustaining Earth’s limits.
But limits is something our human imagination finds utterly incapable of accepting, so it’s left to mother earth to give the reality spanking we deserve for our flippancy towards the reality we find ourselves embedded with in.
(Yes embedded! - try living outside Earth’s atmosphere before formulating your objections.)