The mysteries of nature
It’s tempting to think we know almost everything. After all, we have high-resolution spy satellites to peer down at us. We have instruments to detect subatomic particles (or something like that, I never really paid attention in physics). We’ve got supercomputers, massive archeological digs, ubiquitous exploration, and deep sea submarines. Oh, and don’t forget Google.
And, yet, we’re not even close to understanding some of the most basic things about nature — about our own planet. I love these reminders, these things that knock us out of our hubris zone. Here’s a great example. Wired has a great photo of “Morning Glory” cloud tubes that appear every fall in Queensland, Australia, and a few other places on earth. They can be 600 (!) miles long. And no one knows why or how they’re formed.
If we can’t explain how some clouds are formed, why do we continue to think we know everything? More important, why do we behave as if we know everything?