I am dead… and alive!

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Meet Dr. Michio Kaku. He is both dead and alive at the same time!

I was just listening to Dr. Michio Kaku on the radio in the car.  That guy is awesome.  I had no idea he has his own radio show now.  He’s the physicist that developed the “String Field Theory”.  Not String theory.  I’m not smart enough to tell you the difference, but anyway one of the things that was really interesting.  There are 100 billion galaxies that the Hubble telescope can see.  Within each galaxy are 1 billion earth-like planets.  

So in the part of the universe we can see, there are 100 billion X 1 billion earth-like planets.  He actually said he thinks that given that there are that many planets were life as we know it is possible, there is no question that there are more advanced beings that have mastered space flight to the point where they can visit our planet.  It would actually be crazy to think otherwise.

I think the real message here is that my book The Tree Readers may be closer to nonfiction than I thought!

I also learned that it is possible for me to exist in two places at once, and I can be both dead and alive at the same time.  

Mind blown!

It is on my mind – Scientific Inquiry

I watched the History Channel‘s from Ape to Man on Netflix last night (released in 2005), which is basically a history of our attempt to find the missing link.  Without calling it bias, it was really about the scientific communities changing bias over the centuries and how that bias led to rejecting significant fossil discoveries.  Decades later those fossils were re-examined and included in our lineage.  I’m sure the same is happening today.  The one thing we’ve never been able to do as a species is evolve non-biased thinking.  That bias is why the Piltdown Man was allowed to go unchecked for 40 years.

My concern with scientific inquiry is that science isn’t devoid of the vanity that comes from the desire to be right.  It’s so ingrained in we Homo sapiens that we don’t even recognize it at all or if we do, we don’t necessarily see it as a flaw. Being wrong is bad science, and no one wants to be a bad scientist.  The people who say what is and what isn’t rarely leave their egos at the door.  To say that’s not true is to ignore the history of science.

True scientific advancement comes from disconnecting from conventual thinking and risk being a bad scientist.  Maybe our society should put more of a premium on admitting when we’re wrong.  Maybe we should purge the word impossible and its variations from all languages.  I like the word improbable so much more because it leaves room for further consideration.  I say we should do the impossible and embrace the improbable.

But hey, I’m will to consider the possibility I’m wrong, no matter how improbable that may be.

BTW – This is not an argument for creationism.  I’m an evolutionist.  In the spirit of this post, let me just say that the creation theory is highly improbable.

Here is the UK’s version of the program.

How Big is Earth?

This video is really an eye opener.  Want to feel really small?  Watch this:

Woman Sells Her House to Clone Her Pit Bull… Meanwhile, Millions of Dogs Are Euthanized in Shelters!

I love my dog. I really do, but I would not sell my house to have her cloned after she dies. A US woman has done just that. She sold her house, flew to South Korea, and paid the biotech firm RNL Bio $50,000 to clone the dead dog. They apparently took skin samples from the dog two years prior to its death. She walked away from the cloning clinic with five cloned puppies.

The $50,000 Pooch

The $50,000 Pooch

Excuse me, but this is nuts! By some estimates, there are 4-6 million dogs that are euthanized in this country every year. Most are perfectly adoptable dogs that just need a good home. This woman could have saved her house and a dog if she would have just driven to the local shelter and picked out a loveable mutt.

Ahhhh!