Archive for October, 2007

I Hereby Declare October 4th to be Sputnik Day

October 4, 2007

Fifty years ago today, the first man made object was put into orbit by the Soviets. The fact that this had come after our failed Vanguard attempts shocked the United States, and began the space race. We Americans realized that we were slipping from our technological high ground if even the commies could get to space before we could, so we began to radically change our science education system, increase science research funding, and raised the public’s interest in science. Unfortunately, the Space race fizzled out and ended completely in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. What we need now is another space race. The public’s interest in science is waning, and pseudoscience has become as credible as real science to the general populace. Science funding is decreasing, and as a current student, I can attest to the problems with science education. I can only hope that another competition like the space race emerges, be it in computing, particle physics, space explanation- whatever. But unless people perceive an immediate benefit from science, public support will continue to wane.

Objective proof

October 3, 2007

I got into a debate with someone the other day over whether science can ever be objectively proven, and by extension, nothing can be proven. While things can be proven to beyond reasonable doubt, they can never be proven entirely, because of the way science works. while the fact that the universe is billions of years old is the scientific consensus and there is massive amounts of evidence supporting it, it is not proven, because we cannot rule out ideas like last Thursdayism, the belief that the universe and all of its components were created last Thursday afternoon, but given the appearance of being much older. I am personally a believer on  Next Tuesdayism, the day that i will pay you for my hamburger. Anyhow, there are always alternate possibilities, and because there is no evidence for or against, they cannot be ruled out. the only exception to this rule could possibly be mathematical logic, as it is the closest to “pure” reason as we have gotten. This is just another reason creationists are wrong when they say that evolution is just a theory- it hasn’t been proven. It can’t, not really.