Why We Are Not Ready For Mars


Why We Are Not Ready for Mars There is a lot of buzz about going to Mars, but in truth we are very far from sending humans. We need a dose of reality before we get too carried away with this fantasy. Our success rate for sending robotic probes to Mars is about 50%. AContinue reading “Why We Are Not Ready For Mars”

Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?


Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die? The deepest mystery of faith is what happens when we die. Some would say that we go dark like a candle that is extinguished. Others would suggest that there is a part of us that continues. There is a whiff of smoke as the candle is extinguished,Continue reading “Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?”

Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe


Demystifying Faith – Our Place in the Universe We are born of the cosmos, and this is not some religious illusion. The iron in our blood and the calcium in our teeth were created in ancient stars that exploded as supernovae, spreading their chemical wealth across the galaxy. We are stardust, and to stardust weContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe”

Faith Demystified – Astrology as Religion


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Astrology as Religion Astrology is a system of beliefs that is not normally considered a religion. But in truth astrology really is a religion, and if not that it makes no sense at all. In ancient times astrology and astronomy were one. Both involved scanning the heavens to look for signs and portents.Continue reading “Faith Demystified – Astrology as Religion”

The Anthropocene Mass Extinction


THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION EVENT The Earth has had five previous mass extinctions events, and we are now in number six. The current crisis is called the Anthropocene Extinction, meaning that it is caused by human activity. Much has been published recently about global climate change. But there is a much bigger picture to seeContinue reading “The Anthropocene Mass Extinction”

Life in the Universe: Part 2. The Evolution of Complex Life


The Evolution of Complex Life Microorganisms, or single celled life forms, are hypothesized to be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy. Our own solar system has perhaps six planets and moons which may harbor living organisms. Life leaps into existence even in the most hostile environments and under the most difficult situations. But complex life is aContinue reading “Life in the Universe: Part 2. The Evolution of Complex Life”

Life in the Universe. Part 1: The Solar System


Life in the Universe Part 1: The Solar System It is a virtual certainty that we will discover extraterrestrial life within the next 20 years. There are many places in our solar system that would seem to make good cradles for life. Some of the best prospects include Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. Mars has beenContinue reading “Life in the Universe. Part 1: The Solar System”

The Litmus Test for Public Office


The litmus test for public office should include one simple concept, namely the belief in evolution.  We live in an age where the denial of scientific fact is rampant.  We live in an age when Republicans do not seem to believe in science at all.  They do not believe in evolution, global warming, stem cellContinue reading “The Litmus Test for Public Office”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2


The Spirituality of String Theory   String Theory or its close cousin M-theory, with their ten or eleven dimensions, is a universe beyond our comprehension.  Cosmologists are still struggling with its workings and what it means for our existence.  The origin of String Theory was in trying to describe what happened before the Big Bang.Continue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1


Try to envision a universe with nine spatial dimensions and one dimension of time.  Such is the emerging view of our universe according to String Theory.  Or, if you prefer the closely related M-theory, you will have to live with a universe of ten spatial dimensions and one of time. I used to lie awakeContinue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1”