Book Tag Bibliomancy

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your social media, along with these instructions, if appropriate.
5. Tag five people.


“The uniformity of the radiation is ‘a fossilized testament to the uniformity of both the laws of physics and the details of the environment across the cosmos’, and it is this homogeneity which, suggests Greene, makes it possible to meaningfully speak of a ‘universal synchrony’: ‘if the universe did not have symmetry in space – if, for example, the background radiation were thoroughly haphazard, having wildly different temperatures in different regions – time in a cosmological sense would have little meaning(FN5 – Brian Green, The Fabric of the Cosmos, Penguin 2004, 227-8).

RT: Yes, in fact the CMBR itself could be used by our so-moving observer to define a cosmic clock, obtained by measuring the uniform temperature of the microwave radiation and monitoring it as it cools down with the cosmic expansion. But even in the extreme case where you had a cosmological expansion that proceeded differentially in different directions, a so-called ‘anisotrophic universe’, instead of describing the expansion with just one number – redshift – then you would have one number for each direction. You could then possibly conceive of having different dimensions evolving differently with time.”

(Collapse, Vol 2, p123-4)

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  1. amber h
    amber h at |

    These events too must be caused by something else and so on. Such reasoning can lead us to conclude that human actions, just like events in the physical world, are the consequence of prior causes. It may seem to us that a decision to choose tea is a free action, but that choice is as much part of the causal chain of nature as a tree falling over. If all our actions are determined, it is hard to see how we can truly choose or be responsible.

  2. Sam Penman
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    In effect, like Levinas Hegel thought that the eye, not aiming at “consumption,” suspends desire. It is the very limit of desire (and perhaps, thereby, its resource) and is the first theoretical sense. We must not conceive light and the eye’s opening on the basis of any physiology, but on the basis of the relation between death and desire. After having spoken of taste, touch, and smell, Hegel again writes, in the Aesthetics: “Sight, on the other hand, possesses a purely ideal relation to objects by means of light, a material which is at the same time immaterial, and which suffers on its part the objects to continue in their free selfsubsistence, making them appear and reappear, but which does not, as the atmosphere or fire does, consume them actively either by imperceptible degrees or patently.
    (Jacques Derrida: Writing and Difference. Chapter 4 [Violence and Metaphysics: an essay on the thought of Emmanuel Levinas] p.123

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