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Galileo’s Middle FingerDecember 22, 2003
Published under: Galileo, Symbols + Numbers
The digitus infamis.
A symbolic gesture preserved for posterity?
Galileo’s contributions changed our view of the world. His explorations lead to many discoveries — including the invention of the microscope, the improvement of the telescope, and the discovery of the moons of Jupiter.
In spite of his success, he was ultimately tried for heresy; condemned, and sent into exile. As a defender of Copernican Astronomy (which states that the sun, and not the earth, is the center of our solar system) — Galileo was going against the doctrine of the Church. He spent the last years of his life blind and in declining health. His middle finger was ultimately wrested from his body as his remains were being moved to their present location.
Fast forward to the present. We find ourselves living in an age when the creative sparks are igniting all manner of scientific discovery. And as before, we find ourselves coming up against the dictates of the church. Whether its in stem cell research or birth control — we’re again faced with the prospect of being held hostage by narrow worldviews.
But, keep the faith. Amazing insights are continuing to expand our understanding of our quantum universe. We’re moving toward the discovery of a revolutionary framework that will unify our scientific and mystical realities. Let’s keep our eyes on the horizon. A new day is dawning.
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