Of Physics and Philosophy

“‘It is demonstratable,’ said he, ‘that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all created for an end, all is necessarily for the best end.” -Pangloss

As Newton’s Third Law states, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. However, for each seemingly tame assertion of philosophical optimism in Candide, there are many more horrible misfortunes befalling Candide and company. Continue reading “Of Physics and Philosophy”

Of Physics and Philosophy

A Domain of One’s Own

Need to find something?  Just Google it.  Since its introduction to the public, going on the Internet has become synonymous with answers.  If we need something, we know that we don’t have to look through many heavy tomes to find what we’re looking for.

Pic creds to cvrcak1 on Flickr.
Pic creds to cvrcak1 on Flickr.

On passing whims, I tend to look up a lot of things and distract myself from what I’m actually doing (which is usually homework).  I think it’s really hard though, when one link seems to lead to another and to another.  By the time I reach the end of the line, I sometimes realize that I have spent hours surfing the Net and doing none of my homework!

Though it’s a great distraction, the Internet is something I wouldn’t choose to be apart from.  Yes the computer is bad for your eyes and yes it probably gives you cancer in some way, shape or form, but I get so frustrated when I can’t figure out the name of an obscure song that the minute I can, I try to look it up by using the one or two lines that I remember.  To me, solving these small, burning curiosities is one thing I’d keep the Internet around for.

To many people, the Internet is a form of self-discovery.  Among our chief pursuits on the Internet is an answer to the question: “What is our purpose in life?”  Well that’s no easy question, but maybe we can get started with a quiz from Quibblo, right?  The speed with which the Internet puts us in touch with the things we like, events, movies, and songs, can help us solidify our sense of self.  Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest help us share ideas and stay in touch with friends and family, distant and close.  Most of all, sites like DeviantArt and YouTube promote creativity, giving it a platform on which to present itself and perform/ make art happen.  The best examples of the growth that people undergo on these sites is best noticed by scrolling through the gallery page of DeviantArt artists or watching a bunch of YouTube videos by one person. It’s amazing watching someone’s artwork and style evolve over the years.  Similarly, old Youtube videos reveal different people at different times in their lives.  As time lapsed, the people changed as well, creating a small timeline for that person’s personality.  As we do with most things, we approach the Internet: wide-eyed, seeking answers.

Link to cvrcak1’s work: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29320956@N03/

A Domain of One’s Own