I am educated as a scientist. I’ve never gone to church, except for weddings. I respect others’ beliefs, and don’t get into any arguments or discussions about religion. I am not religious at all. Now, what I dislike is how science and religion always seem to be at war with each other. There are fundamentalists who seem to think anything scientific is of no use to them. There are some science loving Atheists who enjoy bashing religion any chance they can get. Yes, I am an Atheist. But I don’t go around bashing others’ religions. I respect their choices in their lives. Another thing I really dislike is when people who have no idea about anything scientific talk as if they are an authority on the subject.
I was browsing around on Bad Astronomy, and I found something very interesting: a discussion about Ray Comfort’s blog. He thinks Mars is just dirt. He obviously has no idea what he’s talking about. He also says that the Moon is just dirt. Actually, dirt is a product of biological processes, as someone commented on his blog. Of course, there are a lot of arguments on this blog against the cost of Phoenix. $420 million is a lot of money. One person even commented that “So many people, including children, are starving to death in our world.. and even people in American (sic) and Australia and suffering and living in poverty. I do believe that the money could have been better spent. I would rather search for life on other planets AFTER we have fed those who are on ours.” The problem that I have with this comment is that the amount of money spent on Phoenix would feed all of the starving people in the world such an insignificant amount of food. People need to understand the scale of feeding the hungry people in the world. It would take about the cost of one Phoenix every day. Phoenix could have been just a single meal for the world’s hungry people. Maybe even less. The cost of Phoenix is that insignificant. Why don’t people understand this? The cost of research is actually quite small in comparison with the cost of feeding the hungry. And this Iraq war thing, its daily cost is astronomical. The war could fund interplanetary probes for centuries.
Back to religion. Now, I don’t have a problem with people stating their opinion about something, but saying “because that’s how God made it” or “because I say so” just don’t give any credibility to an argument. It’s falling back on a crutch. “I don’t understand, so it must be useless and unimportant” is another thing I tend to get from the Ray Comfort blog.
Well, I’m finished with this topic. Back to science.