Religion vs. Science – What it’s All About

It’s all about proving each other is wrong. It permeates the entire political sphere. It determines policies of U.S. Presidents, the Environmental Protection Agency and so on. It’s about trashing Earth or saving it.

So who is wrong, who is right?

Philosophy 1: God created Earth – perhaps as recently as 4,000 years ago. With the creation the entire fossil record, stars, planets, life, life forms, species, were all created simultaneously.  God created Adam and Eve. We all descend from them.

Philosophy 2: The universe started with something like “the Big Bang” about 14 billion years ago. Life evolved from chemicals and is likely to be found on other planets than Earth.

Religion historically has found science a challenge and – for example – convicted Galileo of heresy for saying the planets orbit the sun. Science has proved religion – in this regard – to be wrong.

However, no one has proved that life has evolved from matter to date. No one has found life on anywhere than Earth. Religion says God created life. Science says chemicals created life. Neither has been proven.

To date – no one has found evidence of life developing on another place than Earth.

They would like to.

That’s what it’s all about.

How did life on Earth begin? How was it formed?

We don’t know. Some people think we know, but a real scientist will agree with my first sentence.

The theory, still unproven, is that life evolves from dead matter. We’re still searching for life on other planets to prove this wet-dream of scientists, but still we have no proof of concept – just a concept – to the chagrin of science. We are frankly disappointed we haven’t found life elsewhere than Earth.

Evolution starts with creation of stars that create elements like the ones we have on Earth. We think when conditions are right that the chemicals develop amino acids (this is proven), which are the basic building blocks of life.

From there, eventually by combination and permutation it develops into something that could be called life.

Again it’s not proven but widely accepted. We don’t know for sure, hence my first sentence.

Why are we so obsessed with finding the smallest amount of life on another planet when we have amazing life that we take for granted here on Earth and we destroy it?

We have no proof life exists anywhere in the universe other than Earth. Given a planet with the right conditions, life can spring from matter and eventually evolve into something greater is the wet dream of science, but still an unproven theory.

I don’t think this scientific quest detracts from our appreciation for all the wonderful things we have here on Earth.

You’re right. We need to do both.

However, just why are scientists “so obsessed” with “finding the smallest amount of life on another planet” in the first place, and why are people taking life for granted here on Earth and destroying it?

First, the searching for life in space boils down to an ancient feud between Science and Religion. Galileo (1564-1642), father of modern physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics and philosophy, was put on trial by the Catholic Church and convicted. This has never been forgiven.

We spend billions of dollars listening 24/7 for repeating radio waves, sending rovers to drill rocks on Mars, search the nearby stars for signs of “Earth-like” planets, and so on just to have at least some evidence that life has evolved on some other planet in the galaxy or moon in our solar system. It’s such an important endeavor that finding an alien and a UFO from space would delight scientists. If only. Unfortunately, we don’t even have a fossil of a microbe from space. No evidence at all.

We have no proof life exists anywhere in the universe other than Earth. Given a planet with the right conditions, life can spring from matter and eventually evolve into something greater. No God required. It’s the wet dream of science, but still an unproven theory.

Second, people taking life for granted here on Earth and destroying it because – even in our schools – children are being brainwashed to believe the Earth was created 4,000 years ago and not 4.5 billion years ago, and that God created life on Earth and all life and things on Earth are meant for the descendants of Adam and Eve to rule over and enjoy. That mentality drives people not to care about what we do to Earth.

Meet Bennu, the small asteroid that could kill you.

In 2035, to be precise. It’s a Thursday. It looks something like this and is about the size of the Empire State Building.

If it does hit us it’s going to destroy a lot of things on the planet, but not kill us completely. It’s not an extinction event, just a big bad event.

Bennu has only a 1 in 2,700 chance of actually hitting Earth. It’s too early to say of those odds might change. We have near misses of asteroids all the time.

If it does wind up heading straight for us, we’ll know in advance and then NASA wants us to think that Bruce Willis will go up there and shoot it down.

Has there ever been, or will there ever be, a time when the earth was/will be void of all evil, rogue, repressive (use your own adjective) regimes?

Will Earth ever be rid of bad guys? Yes, because in the future there will be no life on Earth at all.

When all else fails, the sun will grow so hot as it ages the oceans and fresh water will dry up. Vegetation and all other lifeforms will cease to exist. Then the sun will grow and become a red giant, completely swallowing Mercury and Venus, and possibly Earth, but if not Earth, Earth would be too close for comfort from the sun’s surface.

At that point I suspect Earth will be completely void of all evil, rogue and repressive regimes and bad guys. In fact, it will be completely void of pretty much everything and look much like what Venus looks like today!

How big will the impact of nanotechnology be in my life in the next 20 years?

You asked: “How big will the impact of nanotechnology be in my life in the next 20 years?”

Great question and the answer depends on whether you’ll get sick and need nanotechnology. Twenty years is not long. I’ve lived twenty years 4 times over. Each time the situation is basically the same. You are born, grow old, get diseased and die. They have new cures, and new medicine, but you’re still going to grow old and eventually die.

Nanotechnology, if ever realized, will be another medical breakthrough to cure this and that, but you’ll still grow old and die eventually.

How close are we from attaining immortality via technological and medical advancement?

We are no closer to attaining immortality of the body at all. We can cure and/or treat certain diseases and conditions of the body which undoubtedly extends our lives past the malady. However, certain things cannot be overcome. Most deaths are not caused by old age but by other means, however, when all else fails old age catches up and will always catch up.

There is only one living creature that I am aware of that is thought to be immortal and that is the flatworm. It regenerates itself continuously and never seems to die.

We, however, are not flatworms.