Professor Hawking

RIP Stephen Hawking, the only person in Star Trek to star as himself. Diagnosed with ALS in 1963, he was given 2 years to live. He survived 55 more years. As a kid, I read 2 of his books (I even understood some of it!) and will never be able to thank him enough.

 

Professor Stephen Hawking:

 

  • Born on the 300th Anniversary of Galileo’s Death
  • Died on π Day
  • Died on Einstein’s Birthday

 

 

My Archeopteryx Toy

People who use the scientific method to make observations about the world establish theories to explain the patterns they see. Creationists do not establish their own coherent theories. Instead they spend time poking holes in actual scientific theories. The claims they make against true science frequently even contradict.

I love collecting museum gift shop quality accurate dinosaur toys. I have at least 10 of them. On Amazon.com I finally found a toy of my favorite dinosaur – an archeopteryx. After I received it, I posted pictures of it on Facebook along with a brief statement about its being the first dinosaur discovered to have feathers. This fact makes its fossil the first one ever found that is likely a transitionary fossil bridging the gap between dinosaurs and birds. In other words, the fossil’s existence supports the theory of evolution – a theory that flies in the face of creationism and many people of faith.

A religious acquaintance from my home town asked “Isn’t that the fossil that was debunked as a hoax?” I replied that it was a genuine specimen. He quipped, “No, I’m pretty sure it was debunked.” Instead of explaining his claim he just insisted that the fossil is a fake. For the record, reputable scientists agree that the specimen is real. I asked him if he was bringing this claim into my celebration about the newest piece in my collection was for “Jesus reasons.” “Of course not.” He replied. I remain skeptical.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Rather: Now, More Than Ever, We Must Stand Up For Science

(scientificamerican.com)

 

The Trump administration is outlining policies that put our response to climate change in deep jeopardy and threaten to change the fundamental direction of science in the U.S.

 

When historians look back at the presidential election of 2016 they will certainly have many questions, but perhaps the biggest one isn’t getting enough attention today. “What the (insert the popular profanity of the future)?” they will likely ask. “Why was there hardly any mention of climate change?” Or will the future inhabitants of Earth be so distracted by survival that they won’t even care what happened in 2016 when the greatest country on the planet at that time denied this problem existed?