Image Credit & Copyright: Optical (RGB+Ha): Aldo Mottino & Ezequiel Bellocchio (Argentina); Infrared: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
And what's the connection between mathematics and technology? Science - experiment and real world data! Dah!
- Sophie confronts Silas. She asks Silas if he murdered who she thinks is her Grandfather. Silas responds with "I am a messenger from god." I find people think in these kinds of ways all the time. It's like they don't want to get close to the truth; they don't want some inner them being exposed.
Even a 400 A.D. Bishop of Constantinople Gregorius of Nyssa noticed this type of thinking and complained,
"People swarm everywhere, talking of incomprehensible matters, in hovels, streets and square, marketplaces, and crossroads. When I ask how many oboloi I have to pay, they answer with hairsplitting arguments about the born and the unborn. If I inquire the price of bread, I am told that the father is greater than the son. I call a servant to tell me whether my bath is ready; he rejoins that the son was created out of nothing."
There an earlier scene of character Sophie with Robert Langdon. They're in a truck and talking about little things. She asks Mr Langdon, "are you a god-fearing man professor." Langdon replies, "I was raised a catholic." For which she correctly replies, "that's not really an answer."
- Some extra about Silas. Silas is a Herodian who had at least one successful fight against the Romans. This victory led the Jews to think they could fight againgst the Romans. The Romans wiped out the Essenes on Masada,
Josephus was with the Romans trying to convince the Essenes to just surrender. They commited mass suicide instead.
- I made a post about what I like to call "the dark side of the force" before. Well, I've made several. I posted movie scene from "The Day the Earth Stood Still", and I've wrote some stuff(that very well written) linking these irrationalists techniques to gangs and violence, and then gangs to cults, and cults to religion. I almost certainly should try a new writeup combining all these thought . . . someday!
http://www.nature.com/articles/nmat2756.epdf?shared_access_token=7QL4U8_DAs_uAswDVHef29RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PmkmfbnDnPWahfUl3vKs6MNEyqXsFnwbtgI3qv7uFIoW49KhY8Vlxya4aZaO4PotuHb5M8vf5O-4Zcj7cGtYDv9iNFW5ZlpCs34SBjOEJmPn1VNVb0Zbte1K7mNCaS70w3g6cRMYa0vIq7YepwvN0EknPzId_4dgJZP4p0bNeHTg%3D%3D inventor of the maser/laser dies at 99 years old. There's some interesting connections in the discovery of the laser. Well, Einstein also, perhaps independently, thought of the laser as well.
- Queensryche's innuendo,
innuendo definition - an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.