When I was a kid, I memorized each of the 9 planets in order, placing Pluto in it’s proper 9th place. Sadly, a number of years ago, scientists removed Pluto from the list of planets in our solar system. Yet, Pluto fights on. Just yesterday astronomers discovered, with the help of NASA’s Hubble Telescope, a 5th moon orbiting the non-planet. They cleverly named it P5. There is a P4 and three others with actual names: Hydra, Nix and Charon.
Of course, the Hubble orbiting telescope has discovered many other important space secrets- secrets that the writers of the Bible could not have imagined. Those authors ‘believed’ that the stars were affixed to a dome that floated over the earth. Period.
So much for any space knowledge.
I’m wondering if fundamentalist Christians in Congress voted to fund the Hubble Telescope? After all, should we be ‘tampering’ with God’s Creation?? Well, it was 1977 when the Hubble was funded so there were lots fewer Fundamentalists in Congress in those days.
Last July in an attempt to “further tighten the national economic belt,” the U.S. House moved to cut the James Webb Space Telescope from the budget, effectively threatening NASA’s follow-up to the Hubble, and the future of our eyes-in-space program. The Webb Telescope should have launched in 2014, but it’s currently delayed until 2018. Or longer.
Fortunately the Large Hadron Collider was constructed in Europe, immunizing it from fundamentalist American legislators. The God-Particle, you know. I wonder how many fiery sermons were delivered on the weekend after the existence of the Higgs boson was announced? No doubt those fundamentalist preachers loudly and thoroughly rebuked the findings of the CERN scientists, assuring their congregations that the God of the Bible rules the universe just like ‘He’ has done for, well, 6000 years. Too funny. Pathetic, but humorous.
Here’s that other Pluto that I knew as a kid reading comic books during the summer. None too bright, like the dim former planet, at least he was faithful and predictable. We always knew what he was going to do.
Predictability. Now there’s a good trait. Of course, too much of it, like chocolate, is not a good thing either. I believe the term is labeled OCD. Which leads me to wonder if OCD and fundamentalism are cousins.
Oh well, what the hell else there to blog about today?