The Surprise-Packed Cosmic Funhouse

The world is a magical place. I believe this to be true, although many would quarrel with the meaning of “magical.”

It is surely a realm possessed of wonders. Many of these can be classified as natural. The Earth alone is an awesome, infinitely rich organism of astounding beauty, extravagance, eccentricity, diversity — and the meticulously harmonious precision of it all. And yet it is but a pocket-size gem in a lavish cosmos, with its millions and billions of stars, galaxies, nebulae, sink holes and dark matter — and unfathomably vast spaces. To gaze into a night sky, consider the workings of plate tectonics or evolution, or ponder the origins and very existence of the universe is to confront mysteries too profound to confine.

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March 8, 2019

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