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Something Sizzling Hot Somewhere

Expelled: No Intelligence allowed: Something hot in the west. I sure would like to see the show. It must be a great, like some Spielberg’s. Aside from entertainment, one might draw some good lessons from it. With all the controversy created, the movie must be box office hit – is not that what everything is all about to its producers? But, oh yeah, this is a free world.

About the noise around Intelligent Design (ID) and Expelled, I don’t see any critical point why man should question, like for example, why hair grows on head and not on back. Or, why a dog has four feet with no hands, or why man has two hands and two feet… But the noise, I think, is more of a clash of religion and science rather than the subject matters themselves. This has been a nagging issue that I guess stretches back since the time of Galileo or even before that.

General Science and General Evolution: Everything in this world is there and that’s reality. Everything by their own right must be good, too good, or they’re not there today (after billions of years of existence of planet Earth). Could not man just look at things, see them as they are, in out and all sides, learn all about them and circumstances surrounding them? For future reference of course… Materialism.

Biology: If we look back at history, the average height of Americans is not the same since white men first came to that land hundreds of years ago. This was attributed to modern diet. Filipinos have been to four corners of the world but I did not see any report about that regarding Filipinos. My personal observations of Filipinos of the countrysides and of urban areas, there indeed are notable differences. I would attribute them to diet and inter-racial breeding, the Philippines being known as the Melting pot of Asia.

Some 50 or 100 thousand years from now, because of inter-racial cross breeding, average man will probably have a different profile and color of skin. Pure, like black, white, brown and yellow would probably be spectacles and weirdos.

Man still keeps on evolving whatever, wherever. My guess is, Mother Nature has been at work silently and we don’t even have to think about it. The air today is very dirty compared to yesterday. It is killing everybody. I’m sure nature is already working with dirty air so man and animals do not become extinct even if man does not do anything to clean his air. If genetically I don’t belong to the fit, then sorry for me and my likes, we are headed for extinction. But we are Sapiens, let’s make it safe for all.

About Genesis: It did not mention about the Dinosaurs that existed hundreds of millions of years before man appeared. Its originators were not even aware about the existence of the Negroes, the Chinese, the Asians, the Native Australians, the Native Americans and others. They were not aware of all the species of animals that, collected in pairs, wont fit Noah’s Ark.

Of religion versus Science: Galileo himself did not intend to clash science with religion. He simply persisted with his facts and theories that the Earth is round and not flat, that it revolves, and revolves around the Sun and not the other way around, and that it is the Sun and not the Earth that is the center of the Universe (which itself was short from true because as seen by time, our Solar system is nowhere at the center of the galaxy). These facts were viewed by church then as head-on conflicts with Revelations.

Two thousand years ago, people who disagreed with established religions were crucified or put to death. Christ himself was a victim of Judaism. Christ, the man, was a Judaic freak that caused a branch out. Christianity shares common limb, trunk and roots with Judaism – Abraham and Moses. The Romans had their own religion and they used to feed Christians to the lions. It was in the time of Constantine of Rome when Christians came to the vantage of whispering into ears of emperors, kings and queens. Christianity then came to be known as The Holy Roman Catholic Church. The Church caused the death and persecution of many people for heresy, witchcraft and atheism. Galileo must have been lucky he was not one of those burned. [He is the greatest symbol of Intellectual freedom from religion, Folks. The world of Religion, the general world itself, has not been the same since Galileo.]

Social evolution: In the aspect of religion, institutions that are not evolving are headed for extinction. They will whither down naturally, become obsolete, replaced by those that are more consistent with time. The Roman Catholic Church has become the most fragmented or branched out so that most from there today simply say they are Christians.

Since the beginning of deity and since the beginning of State, Church and State has always been entwined. Separation has progressed since then. Watching evolution is boring. It would be like watching a seed sprout and sprout its first leaves until one gets bored because no progress can be noted at all. It could be Like watching micro-transformation in video recording. Making assessment from time to time is better. It could be like watching a slide show. Notable changes, where any, is called quantitative-qualitative leap. Debates in Quantity-Quality pointed more to them as peculiar specifics but are inseparables, or simply stated – Quantum as in quantum leap.

We are in the Philippines. Our public educational system was developed by the Americans. It has been patterned after the western system of education. Children learn about Galileo, Darwin, Mendel, Einstein and the rest [except Marx, social-political science, shelved by politics and economics]. So, I guess it’s all the same – objectivity, truths, facts, and norms. Its all Sciences in there. When my first born, Janice went to college we had a hard time deciding which of them. I tried selling Civil Engineering to her, but she bought Electronics & Communications (ECE) from a long list of Engineerings. Myth has no place in there. No fairy tale allowed.

Mythology is mythology and will always be with man as he also needs it at the side. In fact it is also objectively taught in schools, in Philosophical Science.

For those fighting, and fighting established religions head-on out out there, solve all mystery in this cosmos and religion and God is dead.

But, ah, this must be bad time for any static religious mind. People no longer can burn people at the stakes for disbelief in another man’s belief.

Well, For those who think that this planet has been overrun by the Devil who has invented science which is gradually killing God, maybe its time to pack up, create a retreat and a last stand for God somewhere in the deep jungle of South America, or maybe join those who have holed up in a tunnel in Russia to wait Armageddon they say will happen this April. What do you think, Folks?

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4 Responses

  1. If you want to know the real story on Galileo, click here – http://www.evangelicaloutpost.com/archives/004215.html

  2. T.Y. I tried in there but my browser cannot open the page. We don’t have broad band. I’m still using modem 56kbps and its choosy in opening sites. I discovered it also depended with the kind of I.S. Provider. Anyway I have the link. (I have a habit of looking everywhere. Nobody holds any patent to any idea, you know, haha)

    I had my reference Microsoft Encarta Premium Suite. I think they are also fairly objective. Neutral point.

  3. I’m a full service blogger. Here’s the information from the link:

    The Myth of Galileo:
    A Story With A (Mostly) Valuable Lesson

    This is a story about Galileo Galilei. It’s not the story about an enlightened scientist being persecuted by a narrow-minded Catholic Church because that story is (mostly) a myth. It’s not a story about a great scientific genius either, though he was that (mainly). It’s also not a story about someone being reincarnated with the soul of the old astronomer like the song by the Indigo Girls that, for a few weeks in ’92, I thought was (almost) profound. (And I should point out that it not an original story but one that cribbed together from other sources.)

    But like all good stories this one provides a (mostly) valuable lesson.

    In Galileo’s day, the predominant view in astronomy was a model first espoused by Aristotle and developed by Claudius Ptolemy in which the sun and planets revolved around the earth. The Ptolemic system had been the reigning paradigm for over 1400 years when a Polish Canon named Nicholas Copernicus published his seminal work, On the Revolution of the Celestial Orbs.

    Now Copernicus’ heliocentric theory wasn’t exactly new nor was it based on purely empirical observation. While it had a huge impact on the history of science, his theory was more of a revival of Pythagorean mysticism than of a new paradigm. Like many great discoveries, he merely took an old idea and gave it a new spin.

    Although Copernicus’ fellow churchmen encouraged him to publish his work, he delayed the publication of On the Revolution for several years for fear of being mocked by the scientific community. At the time, the academy belonged to Aristotelians who weren’t about to let such nonsense slip through the “peer review” process.

    Then came Galileo, the prototypical Renaissance man, a brilliant scientist, mathematician, and musician. But while he was intelligent, charming, and witty, the Italian was also argumentative, mocking, and vain. He was, as we would say, complex. When his fellow astronomer Johann Kepler wrote to tell him that he had converted to Copernicus’ theory, Galileo shot back that he had too–and had been so for years (though all evidence shows that it wasn’t true). His ego wouldn’t allow him to be upstaged by men who weren’t as smart as he was. And for Galileo, that included just about everybody.

    In 1610, Galileo used his telescope to make some surprising discoveries that disputed Aristotelian cosmology. Though his findings didn’t exactly overthrow the reigning view of the day, they were warmly received by the Vatican and by Pope Paul V. Rather than continuing his scientific studies and building on his theories, though, Galileo began a campaign to discredit the Aristotelian view of astronomy. (His efforts would be akin to a modern biologist trying to dethrone Darwin.) Galileo knew he was right and wanted to ensure that everyone else knew that the Aristotelians were wrong.

    In his efforts to cram Copernicanism down the throats of his fellow scientists, Galileo managed only to squander the goodwill he had established within the Church. He was attempting to force them to accept a theory that, at the time, was still unproven. The Church graciously offered to consider Copernicanism a reasonable hypothesis, albeit a superior one to the Ptolemaic system, until further proof could be gathered. Galileo, however, never came up with more evidence to support the theory. Instead, he continued to pick fights with his fellow scientists even though many of his conclusions were being proven wrong (e.g., that the planets orbit the sun in perfect circles).

    Galileo’s fatal mistake was to move the fight out of the realm of science and into the field of biblical interpretation. In a fit of hubris, he wrote the Letter to Castelli in order to explain how his theory was not incompatible with proper biblical exegesis. With the Protestant Reformation still fresh on their minds, the Church authorities were in no mood to put up with another troublemaker trying to interpret Scripture on his own.

    But, to their credit, they didn’t overreact. The Letter to Castelli was twice presented to the Inquisition as an example of the astronomer’s heresy and twice the charges were dismissed. Galileo, however, wasn’t satisfied and continued his efforts to force the Church to concede that the Copernican system was an issue of irrefutable truth.

    In 1615, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine politely presented Galileo with an option: Put up or Shut up. Since there was no proof that the earth revolved around the sun, there was no reason for Galileo to go around trying to change the accepted reading of Holy Scripture. But if he had proof, the Church was willing to reconsider their position. Galileo’s response was to produce his theory that the ocean tides were caused by the earth’s rotation. The idea was not only scientifically inaccurate but so silly it was even rejected by his supporters.

    Fed up with being dismissed, Galileo returned to Rome to bring his case before the Pope. The Pontiff, however, merely passed it along to the Holy Office who issued the opinion that the Copernican doctrine is “foolish and absurd, philosophically and formally heretical inasmuch as it expressly contradicts the doctrine of Holy Scripture in many passages…” However, the verdict didn’t stand and was quickly overruled by other Cardinals in the Church.

    Galileo wasn’t about to let up, though, and to everyone’s exasperation, pressed the issue yet again. The Holy Office politely but firmly told him to shut up about the whole Copernican thing and forbid him from espousing the unproven theory. This, of course, was more than he was willing to do.

    When his friend took over the Papal throne, Galileo thought he would finally find a sympathetic ear. He discussed the issue with Pope Urban VIII, a man knowledgeable in matters of math and science, and tried to use his theory of the tides to convince him of the validity of his theory. Pope Urban was unconvinced and even gave an answer (though not a sound one) that refuted the notion.

    Galileo then wrote A Dialogue About the Two Chief World Systems in which he would present the views of both Copernicus and Ptolemy. Three characters would be involved: Salviati, the Copernican; Sagredo, the undecided; and Simplicio, the Ptolemian (the name Simplicio implying “simple-minded”). And here is where we find our hero making his biggest blunder: he took the words that Pope Urban had used to refute his theory of the tides and put them in the mouths of Simplicio.

    The Pope was not amused.

    Galileo, who was now old and sickly, was once again called before the Inquisition. Unlike most suspected heretics, though, he was treated surprisingly well. While waiting for his trial, Galileo was housed in a luxurious apartment overlooking the Vatican gardens and provided with a personal valet.

    In his defense, Galileo tried a peculiar tactic. He attempted to convince the judges that he had never maintained nor defended the opinion that the earth moves and that the sun is stationary and that he had, in fact, demonstrated the opposite by showing how the Copernican hypothesis was in error. The Holy Office, who knew they were being played for fools, condemned him as being “vehemently suspected of heresy”, a patently unjust ruling considering that Copernicanism had never been declared heretical.

    Galileo’s sentence was to renounce his theory and to live out the rest of his days in a pleasant country house near Florence. Obviously the exile did him good because it was there, under the care of his daughter, that he continued his experiments and published his best scientific work, Discourses on Two New Sciences. He died quietly in 1642 at the ripe old age of 77.

    As the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “In a generation which saw the Thirty Years’ War and remembered Alva in the Netherlands, the worst that happened to men of science was that Galileo suffered an honorable detention and a mild reproof, before dying peacefully in his bed.”

    As Paul Harvey would say, now we know the rest of the story. So what can we learn from this tale? I think it provides different lessons for different groups of people.

    For scientists it shows that if you are in agreement with most of your colleagues, you will most likely be forgotten while history remembers some crank. For advocates of Intelligent Design theory it teaches that claiming your theory is correct is no substitute for backing it up with experiments and data (even if you are right). For aggressively self-confident people the lesson is that sometimes being persistent and believing in yourself will just get you into trouble. For Catholics it provides an example of why you shouldn’t insult the Pope.

    I suspect that there are many more lessons that can be gleaned from this story. But I find that the real moral is not so much in the story itself but in the fact that the story even needs to be told in the first place. While I first heard the story of Galileo in elementary school, it wasn’t until long, long after I had graduated from college that I finally learned the truth. No doubt some people are just now hearing about it for the first time. How is that possible?

    I suspect it may have something to do with the fact that for centuries people like Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Carl Sagan, Bertolt Brecht, and the Indigo Girls have been passing on the myth. I don’t think any of them were intentionally lying. In fact, I doubt any of them ever bothered to examine the facts themselves. They didn’t need to. The story fit what they already believed — that science and religion were natural enemies — and that was all they needed to know.

    It would be easy to mock such gullibility and intellectual laziness. But the truth is that I’m probably guilty of doing the same thing quite often. Perhaps it’s because I was a once a journalist (sort of) that I am more apt to believe whatever version of a story I find more interesting. As a newspaper editor I often favored David over Goliath, even when the powerful Philistine was more credible than the person slinging the stones. “Boy Shepherd Slays Powerful Giant” always makes for a better headline.

    As a Christian, though, I don’t have the option of favoring the position that will sell more newspapers. Instead, my duty is to side with the truth. When I hear a story that fits my agenda I should examine all the relevant facts before accepting it as Gospel. I may not always be absolutely certain which side of the line the truth lays. But I do know on thing for sure: That is the side that God will be on.

    Sources:

    George Sim Johston, “The Galileo Affair”

    John Appeldoorn, “The Myth of Galileo”

  4. I guess that’ another side of the story. I’ll leave that there for all. Versions are all out there for everybody to think freely for himself – the essence of democracy. Nice.

    By any account, Galileo was of course victim of Church persecution. In this light he was viewed as someone who vacillated before church inquiry. I think for fear of his life. Many Intellectual dissents against church think Einstein or Darwin is the great symbol.

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