alexander-tsiaras

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I know: you're going to think I'm a nerd, and that I'm a bit of a curmudgeon, but when I watched Alexander Tsiaras' TEDTalk about his gorgeous video, "Conception to Birth - Visualized," I kept thinking, "Huh?"
Congratulations to Alexander Tsiaras for communicating the beauty and complexity of fetal development. But the message he delivers -- "it's a mystery, it's magic, it's divinity" -- is mistaken.
The most basic act of Grace is the fact that we are alive. We have entered into this world through no efforts of our own. The value of this gift is inestimable.
Scientific understanding, understanding the process of fetal development or any other complex phenomenon, need not limit the sense of awe with which we approach the world around us.
As awe-inspiring as it is, the reality is that the complexity of fetal development reduces to 3 gigabits of genetic code. We are hardware made from software, code that is elegantly written.
All of the elements in pregnancy, the whole process, truly seems "miraculous," and yet it happens thousands of times each and every day. So if it is so common, how could it be "miraculous"?
We are born in darkness and return to darkness yet through it all we are surrounded by light. It is not only a journey we share with each other but also an unrecognized journey we share with the Universe as a whole.