A Short Story on The Big Picture by Sean Carroll

The Big Picture by Sean Carroll sparked my interest while listening to Sean speak as a guest on Sam Harris’s “Waking Up” podcast.

“Sean is a theoretical physicist, specializing in quantum mechanics, gravitation, cosmology, statistical mechanics, and foundations of physics, with occasional dabblings elsewhere.” (Autobiography Taken from the home page of Sean Carroll’s site https://www.preposterousuniverse.com)

For a while now, I have been driven by my interest to learn about the workings of the universe and what the point and Big Picture of life really is.

I love listening and reading about long discussions based around the topic keeping an open mind and asking questions.

We can make the assumption that by doing A you will get to B, but what is A, and do we really know it will lead to B?

In the short term, you can make a prediction that A will lead to B, but what about 6.5 years from now? The further into the future you ‘look’ the less order there is.

The Big Picture talks about entropy, gradual decline into disorder, starting from the big bang to present day. Ever since the big bang the universe is becoming more and more disorderly. The past had more order than the future, and will continue this way for the rest of life.

As explained in the book The Big Picture, Carroll states, “To know the future—in principle—requires only precise knowledge of the present moment, not any additional knowledge of the past.” (Page 32)

How far can we predict the future? How do we know what new opportunities will arise in the future, or what tragedy may affect our life?

We can only predict the future based on what knowledge we have in the present moment. and the further ahead you predict the more blurry it gets.

To be living for the future is to be living someone else’s life.

And, living in the past gets us stuck in dogma.

The Big Picture is to realize, become aware, that the present moment is the only moment and that the future is more disorderly. (my interpretation & understanding from reading the book)

This realization (awareness) gives the individual power to create the life they want to live, how they want to live, who they want to live it with, and it doesn’t stop there. New fields such as Quantum Mechanics / Quantum Physics is introducing ideas and theories about life possibly showing how interconnected everything really is.

Sean Carroll talks about Quantum Mechanics / Quantum Physics in the book, but due to the vast question mark surrounding this field, and my lack of understanding, I do not want to butcher trying to interpret what it is because I am still trying to wrap my head around it hahah.

Topics Sean Carroll discusses in the book are: Cosmos, Understanding, Essence, Complexity, Thinking, and Caring.


What are your thoughts? Have you read The Big Picture?

If not, you can read The Big Picture by Sean Carroll by following this link. https://amzn.to/2J4mxWS


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