Nature has been designed to perfection. Every little detail in our planet has a purpose and has been thoroughly worked out. The distance from the sun, the gravitational constant, the composition of the gases on our atmosphere, the list is never ending. Had anything been slightly different, life as we know it would not be able to exist. To some this wonderment increases their faith in the Creator, to others its just a series of lucky coincidences.

I was trying to think of how different our world would be if one was to change one minute insignificant detail. There are probably hundreds of examples but here’s the one I came up with. Imagine a world where the boiling point of water was different, higher than 100 degrees lets say. How would that change things? or would it all ? Think about it for a moment.

Here’s how I think our world would be effected. The first thing which comes to mind is the effect of this change on the water cycle. The first part of this cycle is water evaporating from the oceans and rising up to create clouds. However, a higher boiling point would mean that the energy we currently receive from the sun would not be sufficient to cause the water to evaporate and hence the cycle would be disrupted. Clouds woulds fail to form and that automatically leads to a multitude of problems. First, it would cease to rain. No rain will lead to droughts. Droughts mean no crops for the consumption for humans or animals. Animals will begin to first die out and humans would eventually follow suit. Life has we know it will come to end.

Thinking about this throws me off completely. A detail as small as the boiling point of a substance that we take for granted is essential for the survival of humans. Water indeed is a great blessing. I haven’t worked out the exact change required in the boiling temperature or the amount of energy we receive from the sun. Perhaps I have made a logical error and the effect might not be as dramatic. Needless to say, one cannot deny the profound effect this small change would have on our existence. Can you think of any other examples where an apparently insignificant change could lead to a dramatic effect?

“Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of Night and Day,― there are indeed Signs for those with understanding” (Quran 3:190)


Following are 10 realizations/observations that I have made.

1.  If everyone stopped moving simultaneously, time would stop

2.  No body is smart enough to understand why negative times negative is positive

3.  Everyone thinks that every one else is a party animal. People like to believe that they are better than the ‘other’ people that party.

4.  The rate at which time passes increases as time moves on

5.  People that you think are bad and those that you look down at are people that you don’t really know

6.  Subtraction is an illusion. Its really just the addition of negative numbers

7.  You need faith to be an atheist

8.  The perfect soul mate you are looking for does not exist

9.  Due to the conservation of momentum, it is possible for you to fart your way through space.

10.  Lowering your expectations and standards is the key to happiness

The Mayans predicted the end of our world will be on 21 December 2012, approximately four years from now. Some people say that is a misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar system while others think that is what they actually predicted. Either ways the Mayans were pretty smart and there are a lot of people out there concerned about this prediction. Some have been seriously thinking of the possibility of a cataclysm happening in 2012.

I have been thinking about the possible ways the world could actually come to an end with in the next four years. There might be a natural disaster perhaps; a huge flood, hurricane, earthquake… perhaps the polar ice caps will melt. Maybe a big war might take place; a nuclear holocaust that might kill off the human population. An outbreak of disease to which no one is immune or perhaps an astronomical disaster… like a asteroid hitting planet earth. The problem I find with all these disasters, or perhaps the good thing, is that they don’t guarantee the total extinction of the human race or planet earth. In either scenario, there would be a small population that would be left behind and it might be possible that they re-populate planet earth. The only possible way total extinction can happen is if some how all of the above events take place at the same time; which is highly improbable.

I recently came across a situation which might actually mark the end of our world. What I am about to say is far fetch, unlikely and improbable; but still theoretically possible. Scientists at CERN have been working on the Large Hadron Collider or LHS. The thing they are after is the Higgs boson particle aka ‘the God particle’. If discovered, this mass less theoretical particle might explain the origins of our universe. They are trying to recreate conditions similar to that at the beginning of the universe in the LHS and have already been able to bring it down to temperatures lower that in outer space, about 2.2 Kelvin’s. Here’s how the end of the world might come out of this experiment. Scientists have confirmed that they will be creating black holes when colliding particles against each other. Even though these black holes are supposed to be very short lived and are of a small scale, many people fear that there is a chance that these black holes might get out of control and actually swallow planet earth into them! Several reports and surveys have confirmed that the experiment is safe and that there is no danger to planet earth (click here for more info). However, the possibility still exists and the timeline goes perfectly with the Mayan prediction. The LHS should be up and running to its full capacity by 2012. We’ll just have to wait and see if the world actually comes to an end as a result of this experiment. (Hopefully not, because that would mean that CERN would loose all its funding)