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.

Worm Composting

Image result for red wigglersI have a small worm composting bin. This is not it, but basically you get the idea. You keep it indoors.

Worm composting is different than regular composting. With regular composting you throw your kitchen waste in a container and keep turning it over and over until it rots into nice looking dirt for your garden.

With worm composting you buy red wiggler worms from someone on Ebay (at least that’s where I get the best luck), throw the worms in with your compost and they eat it and turn it into nice looking dirt for your garden.

You’d be surprised what you can compost with your worms.

First, never feed them oily food, meat or milk products, eggs, or stuff of that nature.

But if something grows, red wrigglers can usually eat it. It’s good to grind it up to small pieces, but they’ll eat it.  According to Cathy’s Crawly Composter, red wigglers “eat most things organic including fruit/veggie scraps, bread, coffee grounds/filters, tea bags, grains, plant trimmings, paper, leaves” and so on.

But did you know if you have a paper shredder you can throw in some of that? Yes you can. Just no plastics or stuff that’s shiny. No plastic windows over envelopes.

So here’s a list of unusual stuff you can feed your red wrigglers.

  1. Lint from your drying machine.
  2. Grass from your lawnmower.
  3. Leaves that fall off your trees.
  4. Cardboard boxes.
  5. Coffee grounds and the coffee filter as well.
  6. Crushed egg shells, but make sure you rinse out the inside to get rid of the egg white before you crush it up and drop it on your worms.

These worms never seem to sleep. Every time I look in on them they’re crawling around, but they never “wander” – crawl out of the container. Finally I figured it was all those coffee grounds that keeps ’em awake.

 

Why my Father was Agnostic

In a recent non-scientific pole at least half of my Facebook friends who responded said they believe the earth is 4,000 years old, not 4.5 billion years old.

My father could not accept Earth was only 4,000 years old, so he “doubted” God. He described himself as agnostic, which he defined as “someone who wants to believe but can’t.”

My brother, a psychiatrist and Episcopalean minister (and who believes Earth is 4.5 billion years old) lamented my father did not embrace Christ before his death, even though my brother promotes the Elementary Wave Theory of Lewis Little, our cousin.

 

Unfriended

Rationalthinking101.com is my blog and whenever I post to it, like now, it’s setup to share my post both on Twitter and Facebook.

Since I live in Texas, I’m in the Trump Bible Belt. I’ve got friends here and I work for the state, but in a recent survey I discovered most of my Texan friends don’t believe in rational science and definitely support Trump. They believe Earth was created 6,000 years ago (even though many Christians believe otherwise) and that Trump is the best president ever (mind boggling to me – don’t they keep up?).

These views make their way to RationalThinking101.com and as a result trickle to Facebook and Twitter. Once in awhile (not every day, mind you), I get a notification that some person I worked with for years and years has unfriended me.

How can that be? I accepted them as my friend and coworker, can they not do the same?

Of course, I’ve got many Texan friends on Facebook and 99.99% of them remain my friends, the occasional dropout makes me sad.

Here are a few of my views. If you don’t like ’em, get rid of me, but I still like you as a person.

  1. Earth is over 4 billion years old.
  2. Trump is a bad president.
  3. I was born in Boonton, New Jersey. I’m a democrat.
  4. We went to the moon.
  5. The Earth is not flat.
  6. Global warming is real. The main contributor is the State of Texas. Look it up.
  7. I get along with pretty much everybody even if politically I bite my lip. (I was afraid, during the last election, to put posters in my yard. I feared for my family and my home.)
  8. I own guns with real bullets. When I was a kid I owned a BB gun.
  9. I don’t eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 44 years.
  10. I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, straight, black, green, yellow, white or from another planet.

There ya go.

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Could space colonization become the main ideology of humanity?

When we completely destroy our planet’s environment then and only then space conization would become our “main ideology.”

Sadly, however, even space colonization leads to the same question – will we destroy the next planet just like this one?
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How can you prove to me that life as we know it is in fact real?

We can’t prove it. We can always suspect it is something different than what we think is in fact real. This image might help illustrate our dilemma.

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We could be just brains in a jar. However, calculations are that it would take more energy than presently exists in the entire universe to maintain such an illusion, so it’s likely that what we see is real and there is no “matrix” hiding from us.

To Be or Not to Be

My wife has gone all religious on me. I’m not used to that. For years she was leaning towards atheism. I was uncomfortable with atheism even though I lean heavily toward physics.

Atheism makes sense. More sense then most evangelicals, ISIS, Catholics, Jews and so on. At least to me. I think all religions could use a dose of atheistic realism.

However, I’m mortal, like you, and I’m sixty-four, like Paul McCartney’s song. Days flow by into months which flow by into years. I’ll die. Now my fascination with science kicks in. Survival of the fittest: evolution. All species seek to live, not die. The fittest survive longer than the weakest. So I seek to live, not die. I really don’t want to die. That’s what all people feel except those who are mentally ill and want to commit suicide.

So we dream of never ending life. Religion is born and we convince ourselves we won’t die forever.

There’s glitches in that theory, I know. Science points us to galaxies, expanding universes, black holes, the possibility of life on Titan, Saturn’s moon. But is that it? Is there no mystery to life itself?

An atheist would say no. In my heart I feel otherwise. For most of my life I’ve been devoutly religious. There’s subjective as well as objective. I really don’t feel the subjective is due to chemical reactions in my brain or the brains of many people both now and the past that have had religious experiences.

And my wife is suddenly, almost inexplicably, drawn toward religion. I mean, like, it’s her only thought all of a sudden. Weirdly, I’m the best one to teach her in the direction she wants to go.

There’s probably more to this thought on this post, but that’s what I’ve got for now.