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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bucky Group 17 - Precession

We continue in "Utopia or Oblivion" and read about 'precession' - the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion. Such as when we stretch a rubber band longitudinally, we would expect the thickness of the band to become thinner. Conversely, when we exert inward (compressive) longitudinal force on a cylinder, the body of the cylinder is going to botch out. As shown:

The longitudinal forces effected a inward or outward radiating forces. These forces are predictable. In another example, when a man jumps from the stern of one boat onto another, both the bow draw towards each other. This is also predictable. See diagram...


Are all situations in a precession predictable? Guess not all. For instance if there had been a tsunami, then the boats won't have come together.

From there, the discussion strayed to the predictability and the defining of God. And that why we define God as such, since we don't know who God is. Basically, stemming from the Buddhist concept of "we don't know what we don't know".

I found such discussions futile. Why would I care about the definition of God. No matter how it will only be in words. It will not be able to encapsulate God with mere words. And for those who know God, do you think there is any point of explaining what God is. It reminds me of a Teochew saying... "If I tell you, you won't understand; and if I would bring you tell, it is too far!" :)

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