Re: This cultural vandalism (Re: Evidence for "Big Bang Theory"

Peter Ceresole (
5 May 1995 11:27:37 +0100

In article <>, (Gil Hardwick) wrote:

>Compelling to the physicist, no doubt. Evidence of elaborate myths of
>origin, on the other hand, make our capacity to predict the extent to
>which humans create stories, music and high drama for themselves the
>most compelling model for human cultural integrity.

Gil, what relevance does human cultural integrity have to the nature of the
universe and the way the physical world works? None at all, I think.

We, as humans, are just complicated bags of chemicals living on a ball of
rock. We are necessarily interesting to ourselves, and anthropological work
is hugely important to human beings on one level, but none of it has
anything whatsoever to do with the reality or otherwise of cosmic expansion
and its confirmation (or otherwise) by red shifts and background radiation.

The reverse is obviously true; reality has nothing to say about the human
propensity to invent consistent myths.

But you are sounding terribly defensive and irrational. Cultural vandalism
indeed. What nonsense.