They locked up Galileo

“The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is the successor to NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which surveyed the Milky Way for planets orbiting other stars. Covering a larger area of sky than Kepler, it will examine 200,000 stars, and scientists expect it to catalog more than 2,000 potential planets.”
That is in quotation from the New York Times. It’s supposed to launch today, btw.
There is a secret message here. Do you see it? Here is the secret message.
We do not know if life exists anywhere other than Earth. We will never know if life exists other than Earth. We want to see if life can exist other than Earth. We’re spending billions of dollars to see if life can exist other than Earth even if we will never know for sure.
The ultimate secret message: “They locked up Galileo. Science makes sense. Let’s get ’em back.”

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.

Well Traveled

I’ve been to 37 countries, 49 U.S. States and most of Canada.
A lot of the places I’ve been have been transitory. Some of them have been semi-permanent. I can tell when I live in a semi-permanent place when:

  1. I get my mail there.
  2. I pull up weeds and get my fingernails dirty.
  3. I plant stuff and it grows.
  4. Sometimes, but not always, I get a paycheck from there.
  5. My phone number is the same area code.
  6. I’m with a woman.
  7. I have a motorcycle that I drive around and come back to.
  8. My bills are mailed there.

That’s how I know. BTW, I’m in a semi-permanent place. After this I think I’ll move to an oceanless state called Missouri.

Self Driving Cars

“Are our social and legal structures ready to deal with self-driving cars? Or to put it another way — are we ready?” – asks the Los Angeles Times.
Here’s the rational way to think about this. Self-driving cars are the safest way to go on the road, just as flying is the safest way to travel period. There have been crashes and deaths with airplanes but we don’t ban the planes. Statistically, self-driving cars are the safest vehicles on the road by far. So why ban them?
But who do you blame if someone is killed?
That’s the problem.
In aerospace, the blame is studied. Was it pilot error, mechanical error, air traffic controller error, birds or what? Then suggestions, findings and corrections are made to make it better.
Self-driving cars should have the same rules, except here there’s no “driver” error. You must consider “software error,” other person error, other driver error, other circumstances, and so on. Then suggest findings and corrections can be made to make it better.
Should we really scrap the safest travel on the road because of a fatality?
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Monkeys are not friends

Here is a story posted today on the UK’s Daily. The story is also carried in multiple news outlets. I’ll have a commentary below.

A newborn baby has been found drowned in a well after allegedly being snatched away by a monkey in eastern India.
The infant was sleeping under a mosquito net at his home in the eastern state of Odisha on Friday when he was taken by a rhesus macaque monkey.
His mother claimed to have witnessed the monkey take the child away, but was not quick enough to get her baby back, local police said.
On Sunday, the 16-day-old baby was found dead in a neighbour’s well in Talabasta village, near Cuttack, Odisha, and authorities believed the monkey may have dropped the boy in the water.
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I lived in India several times in my life and I had one of these macaque monkeys take my eyeglasses right off my head. He and other of his “cronies” ran off with them. All we ever found was one lens – a huge scratch on it. Until I had them replaced, I was without clear vision!
These Macaque Monkeys are a serious problem.
These monkeys are NOT cute. They are a menace!