It says a lot about society today that if you talk about willys and farts everybody thinks your normal and accepts that as an acceptable direction for a conversation to go. But if you talk about something which is actually relevant or which affects hundreds and thousands of people then your seen as weird or a ‘bit odd’. In this post I’m going to have a quick look at one thing, and it is only the single most important thing not just in Ireland, or Europe, or even the world but in the universe. It is called the atom and it is something which connects us to every single thing absolutley everywhere.

Already there might be a feeling of apprehension at the word atom and all the connotations one might attach to it. Generally negative thoughts to do with school, big boring books, difficult maths, and a general lack of interest in the subject might be floating around in your head creating that feeling of apprehension. But what if I throw in a willy or fart joke here? That’s probably already stemmed your interest. I might hold it in for now though, happy that I just alluded to holding in a fart.

I don’t really understand why there is no talk about trying to inspire students in primary schools or even secondary schools. I can’t help but think that if we were educated in schools that made students aware of the actual make up of the world around them; that the world we see is actually a very small frequency range, within an infinite energy field of infinite frequency ranges rather than a solid world of rocks and cars and tangible items, that students would be inspired and we would be much more capable of comprehending some universal truths. If, as I’ve found some people don’t believe in quantum physics and you’re one of them, then you have no reason to believe that your radio sends frequencies along wavelengths of no higher than 300 GHz. You should have no right either to get an x-ray or use a microwave or even to tune a channel on your television to your favourite willy and fart joke channel. The inspiring science behind all this is because of the atom and whats inside it. As Bill Bryson says in his book A Short History of Nearly Everything; “Look around you. It is all atoms. Not just the solid things like walls and tables and sofas, but the air in between.” Even though we were taught about this in secondary school we didn’t come out of the classroom talking about how amazing it is to think of the world as being made up of atoms and that inside the atoms there are neutrons, electrons, and protons and that inside them are vibrating strings of energy and how amazing it is to think of a stone wall as actually just a very (incomprehenably) slow dense vibration. No, instead we came out talking about the willy we had drawn on the back of johnny’s head and how amazing that was.

So it always comes back to cocks and poo really. And I blame the education system which completly fails to inspire the youth with wonder and awe about the wonderful and awesome universe we live in. There is really so much more to write about this but instead of me writing on and making it sound like I’m trying to convert people or something I will leave you with some food for thought videos and a few quotes so that you can think for yourselves. More will be written if people are interested but if not then there’s no point writing a fully comprehensive piece. <insert-token-poo-joke-here>

“So we are all reincarnations – though short lived ones. When we die, our atoms will disassemble and move off to find new uses elsewhere – as part of a leaf or other human being or drop of dew.” – Bill Bryson

“Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you.” – Bill Bryson

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. ” – Carl Sagan

“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” – Albert Einstein

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” – Carl Sagan

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” – Albert Einstein

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” – Carl Sagan

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” – Albert Einstein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_quantum_mechanics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom#Subatomic_particles

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