Monday Talk: Mon 12 February 2024 (Part 2)
7 pm (Beirut Time GMT+2)
Parts 1 and 2
How Nature Repeatedly Humbled Humanity who Thought it was
at the Center of the Universe
(You can attend Part 2 without having attended Part 1
If you wish to view the video of Part 1, Click Here)
Speaker: Akram Najjar
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On the 29th of Jan, we found that the talk was too long. It would be completed on the 12th of Feb:
Note: you do not need to attend Part 1 to follow Part 2 . . . . it will cover 3 new assumptions
Here are the assumptions that were made by “Humanity”:
1) The Universe is Geocentric
2) The Sun is at the Center of the Solar System and the Universe
3) Milky Way is at the Center of the Universe and is the Only Galaxy in the Universe
4) We are Alone and Unique in the Universe
5) The Universe is Designed to Host Humanity (and Life)
Note: Akram could only cover assumptions 1 and 2. Part 2 on the 12th of Feb will complete Assumptions 3, 4 and 5.
Nature is more Intelligent than Human Beings. As soon as
Homo Sapiens got consciousness, they felt they were the center of the universe.
This talk will show how a few geniuses helped Mother Nature humble human
beings: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Bradley, Hubble, Einstein and many others.
Initially, humans thought the earth was the center of the
universe. (Some even thought their country was the center of the earth). This perspective
was adopted for more than 1500 years with a few scientists facing intense
resistance. When the Sun took the place of the earth, humans thought the Solar
System was the center of the Universe. When the Solar System was shown to be in
an insignificant arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, humans insisted that the Milky
Way was at the center of the Universe.
These demotions were mostly “cosmological” in nature. But
other aspects of nature also encouraged humans to think they are significant,
and that the Universe was created for their convenience: the Anthropic
Principle (fine tuning), the intelligent design of biological organisms and
A graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology and organizational management. He spent a lot of time on reengineering business and public sector processes.
When Akram was 11, he had a problem with his knee which necessitated his staying in bed for 6 months. To keep him busy, his mother moved their record player to his room and that is when he fell in love with classical music. Akram never studied music, academically. However, it interested him so much that he took an analytic view of classical music always insisting that works must be understood to be really appreciated.