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This is the most beautiful sermon I have ever heard. I wish all people in this world could be comforted by what is true and not what they imagine to be true... "The universe and its scientific explanation fill me with awe at the wonderment of what is, and I am comforted at the thought of my tiny little place in the vibrations and energy that make up everything. We are the stars made conscious." Amen... (John Eef Ees facebook member)

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen.

-Aaron Freeman.

This is so good... How less confusing life would be if we could all think like a physicist. thinkingblue
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  •  Man, your headline made me think Aaron had died! (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Joieau

    Fuck that shit; he'd better not die before me!

    I must've seen Council Wars a dozen times. Never got old; not like there wasn't a constant stream of new material after all...

    Unlike the Bush-era criminals, at least Fast Eddie finally did some well-deserved time in prison.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:51:26 PM PDT

  •  I read this piece (2+ / 0-)
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    TheDuckManCometh, pixxer

    At the memorial service for my father, a physics professor. He and his office were famously disorganized, so the final line was a double punch line.

  •  On: Eulogy from a Physicist (0+ / 0-)

    The below comment is written primarily in response to the 'last paragraph' of an otherwise wonderful thought by ' the Black, Jewish Brother from a Different Faith and Mother', Aaron Freeman, who's views I greatly respect.

    Interesting and surprised, Not many Catholic converts to the Jewish faith as opposed to the reverse, in comparison! Aaron, I love your stuff. You're a gifted writer, commentator, cartoonist and satirist and I often enjoy listening to you on 'All Things Considered'-----You Rock, Dude!

    Ok, Unbelievable some have said----- but c‘mon! Aaron, not intending to smash your ‘Hadron Collider’ but tell me you‘ve contemplated this before?

    Well, yes; The above is theoretically true and fascinating from a strict, empirical standpoint however, E = mc2 and the conservation thereof does not equate to ‘life’ and certainly not life after death-----which is all the more reason for an earnest inquiry into the realm of Faith!

    Otherwise, from this perspective, what would your preference be: To be the blazing, raging atoms of a thermonuclear detonation over the next Hiroshima or a portion of the trillions of racing electrons within the 2,000+ volts of electricity, coursing through the body of the next condemned, death row inmate before he dies!?

    Or, rather: The kinetic energy in wind or wave; converted by the next generation of wind and water turbines, providing abundant clean, renewable energy for the ever growing masses! Or, on a smaller scale; the highly charged, gaseous stream of electrons in a precision laser scalpel which can cut within a cells breadth in removing a cancerous tumor while preventing incidental damage to the surrounding tissues.

    One might imply the above choice is easy enough----No matter, you wouldn’t have one! Energy, in and of itself is solely a physical property---It has no ‘animus‘, consciousness (correction: Some spiritual forms of energy are conscious, but they’re not all good and ‘these’ are not to be trusted) or the propensity for self-determination.

    Now that just mother-fucking-sucks. Well, damn; Just give me my old ’entropy’ level job back then, lol!

    The problem is that physics and science in general cannot speak to things ‘spiritual’, nor can they propose to-----anymore than they can calculate, weigh or quantify the number of angels that can simultaneously dance on the head of a pin.

    So, can we agree to agree that it ain’t all just physics / science, baby, lol?

    Oh, by-the-way, I do have the answer to this particular, longstanding conundrum to the ’world’ ( angels on pin heads) but would ask that you inquire privately of me, if you are at all curious, as I would not want to cause a stir!

    Best Regards

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