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I came across the above formula in "Valiant Hearts: The Great War," Ubisoft's new WWI video game. This puzzle/platforming genre game very sensitively handles the subject of war in a manner that both inspires and informs the imagination, without desensitizing the spirit to the subject of death like so many war genre games. There is much irony. The artwork is in the comic strip motif and the piano melodies are sure to create an intensely emotional experience for any age gamer. I haven't finished the game, so I don't know if the main characters or the dog die. I know it makes me cry so frequently while playing that I have to have several days emotional break between play sessions.
Einstein's theory of relativity is probably the most well known formula. It helps us find the fastest way across country and the fastest way to destroy our enemies. (Our smartphone GPS uses it today, and it led to the development of the Manhattan Project... nuclear weapons.)
Newton's universal law of gravitation affects things like satellite TV and space travel. The formula calculates the force of gravity between two objects.
Taking the history back a bit further, Pythagoras' theorem tells us that the square of the hypotenuse of a triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of its legs. But, more than that, we use it for triangulation for GPS navigation.
The Normal Distribution is better known as the Bell Curve. It's not only used by some teachers, but is a huge part of statistics, politics, and social science. But, more importantly, physicians use it to determine the effectiveness of drugs compared to their negative side effects in any procedure. To break that down a little more tangibly, does the benefit for those in the median outweigh the risks for those at the lower end of the curve? It reduces human life to an "acceptable level of loss" model.
The 2nd law of thermodynamics started out with the idea that nature does not have reversible processes. All things decay. There is a cost to everything, since energy and heat dissipate over time. It helped us understand atoms, the limits of work, the conservation of energy, and gave us steam engines. It really is essential to an understanding of all human life as we know it.
1. Would the doctor who medicates "on the curve" feel like the loss of a limb was an "acceptable loss" if it had at one time been attached to his or her own learned torso?
2. What is the acceptable 'gain' on the flip side of the loss coin physicians are tossing in this statistical game? (Hint: $$$)
3. How much money can you take with you to the grave?
4. Is there anything worth more than money?
5. If all things decay, why do we think we are improving as a society? Technologically? Morally? Are we really?
6. Why is life a "one-way street?" (You can't go backwards.)
7. Is it reasonable to think that we started out at the pinnacle of life and end up dead?
It is an immutable law of God that we must be born into the spiritual kingdom of heaven to go there after death. Jesus claimed to be the one way to heaven, life, and salvation. Without Him, we are essentially lost.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.