I've been reading a lot about physics lately. My seven year old son asks good questions. He's teaching me a lot.
For most of history most people thought that different rules applied to the heavens. It was common sense. Enormous things don't float around in the air down here. The world of the Moon and stars seems very strange and special.
Isaac Newton wondered, What if the same rules applied universally? If the apple is falling, then the Moon is falling. Earth is falling. The Sun is falling. Newton explained the motion of planets and moons and apples perfectly, but that wasn't the big shift. The confirmation of universal laws laid a new foundation we could finally build an accurate model of the heavens on. Gravity was the first fossil in the archeology of the Universe.
To make progress in our understanding of the world, we might have to challenge the common sense of our families, our countrymen, and even the thousands of years of culture and society that produced us. The weirder things get, the more potential there is for change. Chances are, we're all wrong about something that's been in the intellectual bedrock for a long time. Maybe forever.
Am I applying one set of rules to myself and another to others? Am I applying one set of rules to humanity and another to the rest of Creation? What am I absolutely sure of? Is old knowledge keeping me from understanding new information?
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