“Singularities”

 

Science likes to use this word,

as do some of the rest of us.

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   Let’s see where the Oxford Dictionary takes us before we babble on.
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singularity –  [siNGgyəˈlaritē, noun ( pl. singularities )]
   1. the state, fact, quality, or condition of being singular: he believed in the singularity of all cultures. A peculiarity or odd trait.
   2. Physics & Mathematics: a point at which a function takes an infinite value, esp. in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole.
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   Now let’s cut to the skinny¹.
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   Science uses this foggy word to identify “one-time,” or rare, events that, to be blunt, are real but go beyond (ordinary?) scientific explanation. The Big Bang that began things is a “singularity” as well as the formation of black holes. Some would say that the Cambrian Explosion, the origin of life, or even the origin of human life are singularities as well (note def. 1, above).
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  Note that “singularity” sounds impressive, though it–in itself–doesn’t explain much scientifically.
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   At least yet.
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¹ “Skinny” is a great word btw. When used as a noun it can mean “confidential or inside information.”