Now the major problem is of the how best to sort the wheat from the chaff variety. There is simply so much news and information that some, items of maybe of huge significance, are lost in a welter of gossip or trivia that crowds the media. I pondered over two such possibly lost items this week:
Firstly the report that the whole of the long standing theory that about a fifth of the universe is composed of 'dark matter' may be erroneous. That in turn could mean that some of the billions of euros being spent on the Large Hadron Collider with a view to detecting the existence of dark matter may be being spent in vain. This news snippet includes learned commentary on the possibility of categories of cold dark matter (but maybe this category is false too) stale neutrinos and warm dark matter as forming the basic building blocks of the universe as we know it (or not). The news snippet gave no commentary on the effect of such scientific doubts on the religious faith of millions of peoples around the world of our being created by God but such scientific doubts surely strengthen the partnership between faith and reason; to me they give even more credence to the Credo (pun intended!). In my view man's religious faith is inextricably bound up with human doubt so the fact that even in C21 sub atomic scientific analysis is subject to human doubt is reassuring - quantum physics is almost as fascinating as theology.
Secondly with all the news about wars, killings, banking crises, rogue traders, Euro zone woes and the risk of financial contagion sweeping the world, the news of disastrous floods in Pakistan and the misery/poverty they are causing, are going almost unnoticed if the absence of any significant international financial relief provision is any yardstick.