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Some interesting things I’ve learned along the way 1) Tune your television to any channel that it doesn’t receive, and about one percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by … the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe. Bill Bryson “A Short History of Nearly Everything” 2) “The music of the spheres,” the Pythagorean metaphor that has inspired great composers throughout the ages, is no figment of human imagination. As music critic John Rockwell commented, “Who knew? All those philosophers and scientists and theoreticians who believed in the ancient Music of the Spheres were on to something. There is such a music, and it’s the note B-flat.” Rockwell refers to the fact that in 2003 astronomers using the Hubble telescope registered a “cosmic hum” emanating from black holes with “a frequency equivalent to a Bflat which in their instruments calculated to be 57 tones below middle C.” Among musicologists, this news from outer space has sparked an Internet quest for the emotional and

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aesthetic significance of B-flat …” Elizabeth Michael Boyle “Science as Sacred Metaphor”

3 ) “Why do kids today wear their baseball caps the wrong way round? asked someone wearing his peak-forward. “Two reasons,” said Kipling … First, you need ask yourself what signals a male needs to transmit to a potential mate in order to advertise his suitability as a source of strong genetic material, more likely to survive than that of his competitor males. One answer is brute physical strength. Now, consider the baseball cap. Worn in the traditional style it offer protection against the sun and also the gaze of aggressive competitors. By turning the cap around, the male is signaling that he doesn’t need this protection: he is tough enough to face the elements and the gaze of any who might threaten him. Second, inverting the cap is a gesture of non-conformity. Primates live in highly ordered social structures. Playing by the rules is considered essential. Turning

the cap around shows that the male is above the rules that constrain his competitors, and again signals that he has a superior strength. Julian Baggini “The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten” 4) For the first time in human history belief in God has become implausible in Western civilization, and to the very same extent it had

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been plausible for earlier generations. As a result, the religious believer is in a defensive position. He knows his belief will be challenged and that if this happens, he will have to explain himself either in religious terms that more often than not irritate the other rather than enlighten him, or in secular terms that are not adequate for expressing transcendence.

Therefore, you may expect people to draw back from talking about their religion and their spirituality, and to be afraid of encountering incomprehension if not down right rejection. Agneta Schreurs “Psychotherapy and Spirituality”

sion of self-consciousness. Marsha Sinetar “A Way Without Words” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@ communitypress.com or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

5) If spirituality has any single benchmark it is naturalness. Another seems to be the slow but steady ero-

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