Do you ever think about how crazy it is that we have done and built so much; perhaps even simply described as "progressed", over the last couple hundred years? And then have you ever thought about how amazing it is that we have accomplished all that whilst still not having the vaguest idea of the fundamentals of the universe?
We have built impressive systems of transportation, power and communication, yet we have no idea how a magnet can effect an object at a distance. Magnetism may as well be magic, it can not be physically described. And this is fascinatingly enough, only a single drop in the very large bucket of what we don't fundamentally understand about nature and the structure of everything around us.
And speaking of drops in a bucket, I just discovered this wildly fascinating lecture from Dr. Gerald Pollack from the university of washington on his evolutionary theory of water. Water as it turns out, may be one of the things of which we know embarrassingly little about.
Its about an hour long.. I thought it was pretty amazing and worth every minute.. but.. I doubt any of you are actually going to watch it.. which is a shame =)
Update: here is a related interview I also thought was interesting.