Monday, January 18, 2016
The Children's Hour
When they tell you that faith is a chimera and belief in God is belief in an "invisible Sky Daddy" who will solve all your problems by and by....
Read them some of the comments at this article. The article is absolutely right: space travel is the chimera, the physical universe is the obstacle we cannot overcome, and "colonizing" a planet that doesn't now sustain life would require a journey of millennia (good luck with that) and "terraforming," an idea that's vague and amorphous in science fiction stories, much less being something we will someday do because "technology." (Just recreating the ecosystem that sustains the bacteria that sustains us is literally beyond human comprehension. But we'll do it! Science will find a way!)
It's blind faith. It's blind, simple, stupid, doo-dah faith, trust in science and engineering (i.e., technology) to solve all the problems we decide we have.
And since we have a problem living here, we'll solve that by finding another place to filth and foul. Which is, to some degree, the summation of human history, especially of American history. If it is our "Manifest Destiny" to go to "the stars," then who, pray, set that destiny for us? The cosmos? Life? Intelligence?
The very discussion of the topic puts into context all the other discussions that heat up the internet. We can't agree on whether Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton should be the Democratic candidate for president, but we'll all agree with the technology that solves all our problems so we can escape this planet and find another one where we can start over and make sure this time everyone lives the way we want to.
Posted by Rmj at 9:03 AM