Hydrogen


Thinking about how the universe grew from unimaginably tiny and simple particles into, well, into us, cheered me up yesterday (I’m the sort of guy that gets cheered up by these odd thoughts).

Then I happened to stumble across this little speck of genius today:

History of the universe: Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people and ends up thinking about itself.

Hydrogen atom
Hydrogen

That’s genuinely true, as far as I can see.  The universe began with nothing but a few elementary rules and lots and lots of identical tiny particles.  But the interaction between those simple rules and all those tiny particles – and nothing else – have worked together over a very long time to give a universe of the mind-boggling complexity that we see today.

Of such mind-boggling complexity, in fact, that conscious beings are able to evolve and grow within it to begin to appreciate how mind-boggling it truly is.

It’s nice that even now, just a month shy of my 40th year living in this universe, there are still really obvious things like this that I’m only just beginning to grasp.  Is that a good thing – that I’m still learning – or a bad thing – that I should have realised this ages ago??

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