A Trip Through The Universe

Here is a neat video (with some incorrect English).  If we travelled at the speed of light (so far theoretically impossible) what could we find, and how far could we go?

Some thoughts on Immanuel Kant’s thoughts, as the video gets a little mystic at the end:

1.  There may be a God, there may not be.  The arguments for God, however, are no longer valid.  God falls into the category of a transcendant object (that which transcends the senses and all known experience).  Kant offered good arguments for why these arguments for the existence of God are not good, nor deep, enough.

2.  As scientists know, they can tell you precise things about how energy behaves, how it can be measured, what will happen according to known laws, but they can’t tell you what energy is.  That is a different question. 

3.  Science itself (while yielding genuine knowledge) also makes errors that he attempted to clarify with his antinomies.  Kant sincerely wished to encompass all knowledge.  While he may not have achieved that lofty goal, he did think some of the deepest thoughts there have been, and may still be pointing us in the right direction.

Addition:  Kant sincerely wished to ecompass the limits of reason, and while there are obvious problems with the antinomies, his concept of freedom, and the ethics derived from such ideas, he is one of the most important philosophers…..likely ever.

I’m not sure anyone has drawn new limits yet, at least not of this kind.

Addition:  According to friesian.com, “Kant’s antinomies are intended to show that contradictory metaphysical absolutes can be argued and justified with equal force, meaning that neither can actually be proven. It can be argued however, that Einstein answered Kant by proposing a non-Euclidean (Riemannian) universe that is finite but unbounded (i.e. without an edge).”

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