Today I listened to an episode of RadioLab called The Cataclysm Sentence
, which refers to a rhetorical question posed by physicist Richard Feinman: “If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence was passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?” Then they asked people from different fields of study to answer that question from their own perspectives (I won't spoil it and tell you Feinman's or anyone else's answer, but here's the link: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/ra ... m-sentence
For myself, I couldn't decide between two sentences:
Our similarities are far, far, far, far more important than our differences.
Make transparent disks with curved surfaces.
Then I started wondering what sentence I would leave if some cataclysm wiped all organized religion off the globe. Mine would be:
Don't believe anyone who claims they know what invisible beings want. Especially if they ask for money.
Then I wondered what message I would teleport back to the 1820s Burned-Over District. I'm still working on that one.
I'm curious what message my NOM brothers and sisters would leave the world in any of these situations.
“The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” -Mark Twain
Jesus: "The Kingdom of God is within you." The Buddha: "Be your own light."