Serious Ones with One Silly One
Some of Melanie’s questions this week sent me running for Mr Google to help me understand and give a sensible answer. Here they are.
Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?
I think that there is some order although it may not appear so at times. Evolution is not a random thing, changes happen in response to changes in the environment. There is always a reason. Here is a link that lists some examples of order in nature.
What is infinity?
According to the dictionary it means an unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity. I think of it as something too large to measure.
Does observation alter an event?
I have to admit that I initially didn’t understand this question and went away to look it up. I came up with something called the Observer Effect and examples were given of how it works in science or IT or social sciences so I think I get it now. If people know they are being observed it may change their behaviour. For example when you are in a car and see a marked police car you may observe that everyone is driving more carefully, obeying the speed limits etc because they don’t want to get pulled over. Likewise the use of CCTV may discourage unruly behaviour although I’m a bit sceptical about how well this works because in my experience it only works if the cameras are constantly monitored.
My first thoughts on this were actually about time travellers in stories always being told not to interfere in the events they witnessed as it could change history.
Do you like balloons?
I like both kinds, hot air balloons you ride in and the sort you blow up for party decorations. I am aware though, that setting those balloons free in the atmosphere is bad because of the danger to the environment. Did you know that there was an organisation dedicated to the responsible enjoyment of balloons? I didn’t, but there is. Here is a link.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)
Yesterday was America’s Birthday, does your country celebrate a “Founder’s Day” or other traditions like that?
In Australia the official birthday is Australia Day currently held on 26 January. This is the day when we commemorate the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 which marked the beginning of European settlement in Australia. The First Fleet was 11 British ships carrying British and Irish convicts and troops to set up the colony of New South Wales. However, these days it is a controversial holiday. For the indigenous peoples of Australia it is not a day to celebrate.
In recent years there have been suggestions that our national day should be moved to a different date, perhaps January 1 . Australia officially became a nation on 1 January 1901. So far there has been no move to change the date and I think it may take a few more years before that comes to pass.