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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Just Say No

I remember reading one of those small "Introduction to..." books on Stephen Hawking a few summers ago. It was fantastic and quite enlightening to read about his ideas regarding space, time, black holes, and the retention of information. When he applied science and thought to the mysteries of the universe, he came up with innovative solutions to the difficulties before him. Any time someone shows that much creativity within a scientific field and uses the resources surrounding him/her, it draws the attention of the church.

Hawking said that Pope John Paul II asked him not to study how the universe came to be, saying, "It's OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God." You know, it truly is amazing to hear the desire for ignorance come out like that; just dangling there all slippery and disgusting. That is the desire of religion stated blatently by the Head Water Buffalo himself. Heads bowed down so god can shit on the back of your neck.

When the Catholic church finally recognized that the Earth was not the centre of the universe and that Copernicus was correct, they also had to admit that they treated Galileo poorly. Of course Pope JP2 didn't just come out and say the church was wrong and acted horribly, he said the imprisonment was due to, "tragic mutual incomprehension." Right. That's sort of like a guy beating the crap out of his wife and then, years later, trying to right that unforgivable act by saying there was a "mutual misunderstanding."

If religion had their way, any area where their precious Invisible Man lives would be out of bounds to study. Ideally, there would be complete regression of knowledge so the population could be controlled and made to bow to the "truth", which is actually more like "truthiness". Hawking said that JP2 told him, "God chose how the universe began for reasons we could not understand." The underlying message is much like what you'd imagine the Mob saying: Lay off the pokin' around, Ironsides. This is a God 'n Jesus town.

Hawking still works and forges towards a more complete understanding of the universe. Other sciences continue to delve into the mysteries of life and shine light on the few dark corners out there. The Pope and his minions try and try to keep the shroud of confusion and ignorance over everyone, but it is to no avail. The only weapon against overbearing ignorance is books and learning - something the sciences have in spades.

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