[removed]I remember asking one of my high school teachers before a religion class during my junior year if he thought physics and philosophy were related. He told me that they were interconnected and you couldn't consider one without considering the other. As an adult, I've expanded that thinking to include the belief that science with its precision and terms and measurements can beautifully describe the human experience.
As I was clearing out my e-mail inbox Sunday morning, I opened a weekly e-mail from one of my favorite sites. The e-mail talked about a new book from Alan Lightman, an author and physicist who wrote one my favorite books, Einstein's Dreams. The quote from him below complemented my sense of wonder when I took the sunset photo of Queen's Way in Long Beach. The photo was taken Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
"In our constant search for meaning in this baffling and temporary existence, trapped as we are within our three pounds of neurons, it is sometimes hard to tell what is real. We often invent what isn’t there. Or ignore what is. We try to impose order, both in our minds and in our conceptions of external reality. We try to connect. We try to find truth. We dream and we hope. And underneath all of these strivings, we are haunted by the suspicion that what we see and understand of the world is only a tiny piece of the whole."