Last evening PBS presented a marvelous program on NOVA detailing the search for planets outside of our solar system- planets which might have the same properties of ‘life’ as those we experience on our planet. The Kepler space telescope has found 2,740 planets just in a small section of our own galaxy. In them, 207 are earth-size. Of those many fall within the ‘Goldilocks Zone.’ Two seem to possess large oceans and are near twins of our earth in size, type of star and distance from that star.
Here is the small section of the Milky Way that Kepler has studied:
I wonder how many Americans can name our 8 planets? How many can name 5 of our 8 planets? I wonder how many know the difference between a planet and a star? How many think a star and our Sun are different? Science knowledge is not a bright spot in many places in the Land of the Free. Considering that 77 percent of American adults believe in the existence of angels, our lack of scientific knowledge ought not be too much of a surprise. Add to that, 60% believe in the story of Noah’s ark and a global flood as true!
Yes, it’s the Bible again. It has become, in my opinion, the curse of this nation. Scientific data takes a back seat to what was written 2700 years ago. Seriously. Besides the bible-thumping preachers spewing their ignorance, Right-wing Media tap into this demographic and exploit them in political ways, surreptitiously connecting religion and politics in order to drive their ideology.
Take this news item as a prime example of my hypothesis: “Already no stranger to controversy, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, is coming out with a book that claims President Barack Obama is clearing the way for the Antichrist.”
Jeffress, head of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas and the church owns and operates a school, a college and several radio stations.
There it is in black on white.
Stupidity raised to the high heavens.