I was wondering how really ignorant people become in charge of really important programs and everybody just turns their head like it’s not really happening. I was also wondering how these really ignorant people read their daily newspapers and not cringe. How does their brain absorb every day facts in the news? Let me explain. I want to talk about two news articles I read about yesterday. These types of articles appear every day.
The first article was about the “Diamond Planet” which is a cool story. It concerns the exoplanet system, 55Cancri. It seems one of its innermost planets may have a carbon-rich interior that is so compressed it probably is covered in diamonds; a diamond surface larger than the entire earth’s surface. Before I could figure out how to become part of the space expedition to start mining those sparklers, I read further and discovered not only would it be over a 2 million year round trip but the surface temperature is 3500 degrees….oh.
The other story was an amazing tale about our Yosemite rare gray owls. These owls were cut off from their northern family species (Canada) about 30,000 years ago during the glacial ice age.
Both of these stories are fascinating, and have many more facets that aren’t important to the point I want to make.
You see, at this point we folks of normal intelligence have skimmed over scientific facts that we know are true. The story of the owls mentioned the “ice age” which happened 30 millennia ago. Radiocarbon dating is a standard measurement that gives up to a 60,000 year picture of our past. With other measuring tools, scientists have looked at lunar rocks and earth rocks and have been able to measure the likeness of the components to trace the formation of earth back over four and a half billion years; a baby compared to parts of the universe we can view that are almost 14 billion years old. My extremely intelligent geologist-son-in-law has personally discovered sedimentary rocks in Alaska that were at one time laying in California millions of years ago.
So here’s my dilemma.
Sitting on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is a medical doctor from Georgia, Paul Broun. Wow, that sounds good doesn’t it? We know he has an advanced degree and we would certainly want to assign an important position on a scientific committee to a man of intelligence. Here are quotes from a videotaped speech made by Doctor Broun last month. “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell….You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually shows that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them….”
If you want to watch the entire 2 minutes, check him out: http://youtu.be/ZBy3MbP4WDo
So what do you think? How much research and funding do you think our Committee on Science, Space and Technology will receive with this guy a part of it? Why do people just ignore these types of comments? Do we really respect silly mythological beliefs and refuse to debate their truthfulness?
If so, then I want to talk at length to Tom Cruise about our buddy, Xenu, who brought us to this miserable planet of Teegeeack. For those of you geeks who have to have more knowledge of Xenu, here is a tour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenu