Monday, October 23, 2006

A Lot Of Rice

I was watching the NASA channel and they said something quite interesting about the Hubbell space telescope.

They said you can take a grain of rice between your thumb and forefigner, hold it at arms length, point it anywhere in the night sky, and Hubbell has shown us that in that small space hidden from view behind that grain of rice are thousands of galaxies. We, of course, can't see them with the naked eye, but Hubbell has found them.

And it doesn't matter where you do this. Behind that one grain of rice are thousands of galaxies, most of them far larger than our own milky way galxay, which is small and relatively insignificant by astronomical standards.

Try to imagine enough grains of rice--held at arms length--to cover the entire night sky. How many would that be? Now multiply that number the by the thousands of galaxies behind each grain.

That's the portion of the universe we can detect using our best human technology, most probably a small portion indeed.

Science wants us to believe that all that came from some incredibly small point of "something" that exploded into everything that exists today. All the mass, all the energy--the entire universe--from a spot so small we humans could never detect it.

Religion wants us to believe that some vastly superior life form spoke a few words and created it all from nothing.

Religionists ridicule scientists for their "everything from a eentsy-teensy speck" theory, and scientists chuckle at the religionists over their wand-waving super being. Religionists can no more prove the existance of God and heaven than the scientists can prove the existance of that original speck.

Near as I can see is that it takes blind faith (thoughtess acceptance) to believe in either idea, because if you actually stop to think about it, they're both full of holes.

"Thumpers" point out that a lot a scientists have admitted to the existance of God. Well, those folks are no longer scientists, they've become religionists.

"Eggheads", if they wanted to take the time, could point out that a lot of church-goers have accepted the big bang theory. Well, those folks are no longer one of the flock, they have lost their faith.

At this point in the debate, I can only conclude that humans, biologically limited as we are, may never know the facts.

As a result, I would dearly like to all the arguments, grief, misery, fights, wars and destruction being caused by the people in both camps--who really don't have a clue--to just stop the mayhem, until somebody has some real answers, like maybe in 500 million years or so.

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