The magic of science – how I went from hating it to loving it

science-illustrations-17th-century-middle-temple-libraryThe noble prize winning Swiss physicist, Heinrich Rohrer said:

“Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction – in short, between an old today and a new tomorrow.”

I believe what he means by this statement is that science is more than just an intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic structure of the physical world. It’s philosophy, it’s connections, it’s secret codes that need to be unlocked by detectives in long white coats.  

Why didn’t they teach us that in school? 

For years I have loathed everything that’s got to do with science, including the universe, planets, biology, chemistry, physiology, and mathematics. Oh, and science fiction – I was known to talk badly about the books and the movies. I didn’t understand why anyone would be so concerned about what goes on in space. Traveling to Mars, what is it good for? Why not try to fix life down here on earth? In schools, they would present scientific subjects in a much serious way – telling us that if we were interested in science, we’d probably wind up being doctors. Did I want to be a doctor? No. Absolutely not! So I decided to fail it. I studied rarely, I only knew about names such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, and Nicolaus Copernicus. Little did I know what they stood for, how much of an impact they’ve had on this world – that we can actually thank THEM for all the knowledge we know NOW about the universe, quantum physics and the possibility of time-travel. 

Now you may ask … so how did I end up liking all of this? Can a person actually go from loathing science fiction to … loving it?

The answer to that is yes. Because it happened to me. And here’s why: 

It all started with an innocent movie called “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” from 2001. Yep, you heard me. I began my journey into scientific enlightenment through a Disney-film. Now, as surprising as this may sound, if you take a good look into the production, it actually makes a lot of sense. In short, the story is about a young man, Milo, who decides to unlock the key to unraveling an ancient mystery by looking into both historical, mythical and scientific evidence. This archetypical hero’s journey is not unheard of. In fact, these types of investigations can be found in all of the sciences: When you’re solving a difficult equation in mathematics you’re basically being a detective. The same thing applies to chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Now, this movie has been with me since I was a child, but it wasn’t until three months ago when I decided to see it again, that I found myself lost in complete fascination over the investigation of a lost kingdom, only mentioned in historical, religious and philosophical texts. We have all heard of Atlantis I thought, just like we hear about the stories from the Bible. But how fun would it be to actually take a myth and apply it to real life – see if it actually exists? 

And so I began my research into different conspiracy theories and speculations about Atlantis. I found out that Plato talks about Atlantis (in the Socratic Dialogues) as a miniature utopia that ruled over several other islands and parts of the continents of Africa and Europe. His theory surrounded a mysterious kingdom which was highly advanced and surprisingly technological. Allegedly, the kingdom got destroyed and vanished from the earth’s surface as a result of “The Great Flood” that – according to many philosophical and religious writings – happened in 4004 BCE due to the prior Ice-Age. After this natural catastrophe, the few humans that survived would have to start from scratch – time therefor began from zero again, 200 000 B.C. 

But was this true? To me, it sounded like a fun idea, but very much a false conspiracy-theory, 

So I dug a little deeper: As a somewhat childish attempt at solving the puzzle, I began to mix philosophy with science. I dove into the Greek myths, ancient texts written by the big greats (Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato) and mixed them with contemporary scientists today, such as Michio Kaku and Yuval Noah Harari. 

As a result of this, I discovered the links between the philosophers and the scientists. They were all – somehow – onto the same thing … 

  • In Harari’s new book, “Homo Deus” which came out in 2015, the author suggests that we – Homo Sapiens are slowly evolving into Homo Deus (meaning God Humans). With the technology expanding so rapidly and scientists experimenting with advanced genetical research –  at this very moment – on how to receive eternal life, it is very likely that we will, in the end, become like the Gods in the Greek mythologies. The questions then would be … are we moving forward, or backward? Can it be that humans like us have existed before? Is there a link between Atlantis and the myths inspired by the Greek Gods?
    Michio Kaku (The Tibetian physicist) is onto something similar in this video: 
     

According to this scientist, we’re still in the type 0 status, however, we are transitioning into the type 1 Status, which is the status that will eventually lead to Type 2; SUPERHUMANS. 

All of this led me to think that maybe we might have existed before. In other words, this civilization of technology and us evolving into superhumans could very likely have been a time before The Great Flood after the ice-age, exactly 2.4 million years ago. Does this mean we coexisted with dinosaurs? Maybe. Maybe not. But certain discoveries tell us that we definitely have existed before the official birth of Homo Sapiens, which supposedly would have been 200 000 B.C. That’s right. Not long ago, in 2017, there was a 6 million-year-old footprint discovered in Greece. The footprints are small tracks made by someone walking upright on two legs—there are 29 of them in total, and these tracks are so specific that they can’t possibly stand to comparison with any vertebrate or other living creatures that have existed on this planet. Is it possible that the historical timeline of Homo Sapiens – as we know it today – can be disproved by the next upcoming scientists? 

I don’t know. All I know is that I love science. I love space, I love the universe and I love science fiction – all because of one Disney-movie that inspired a fire in me – an interest I did not know of before about a month ago. 

I guess the conclusion is, anyone can fall in love with science. It just depends on how you present it to the individual. If Schools taught us the whole story behind mathematics and physics – not just the basics – but the whole reason why we do this, I am sure that more students would excel in these subjects. Physicists have superpowers – as they are the key-holders to our society and the future we have yet to experience. They know what we don’t know, they have most likely already predicted extraordinary, otherworldly things in which we have no clue about before we see them happening in the world. Isn’t that insane? 

I truly wish I could write more about my discoveries and more about other scientists, but that will have to wait for another article. I hope you got inspired and remember to let me know what you thought about this article below:) 

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

 

 

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