Saturday, November 08, 2008
More on why dark matter matters
As I continue to reflect on Dr. P's lecture, there are several questions and considerations I still want to discuss. One in particular is WHY? I feel very removed from dark matter--I cannot perceive it in my daily existence--and I don't know what bearing, if any, proving or disproving its existence has on my life. I feel little compulsion to know more. What justifications might scientists like Dr. P have for a project that seems so purely "knowledge for knowledge's sake?" Is it mere curiosity? Is it a matter of ethics? Of faith?