Science is Beautiful – Mars Ice Crater

March 7, 2008

I’m a huge fan of science and technology, the only two things that have consistently improved the quality of life for everyone on our pale, blue dot.

Some find refuge in religion or New Age beliefs, complimentary and alternative medicine or fantasies of being abducted by aliens with an bizarre interest in human genitalia. But when they have a toothache they go to a modern dentist, not a Reiki healer or an aromatherapist. Even if someone swears by acupuncture and believes that being practiced for two thousand years lends it some credibility, no one I know is willing to go back to the dental practices of 2,000 years ago.

Here’s a question to ponder: MDs, Ph.Ds, astronomers, chemists, economists, physicists and academic researchers are well represented among the ranks of those who have won Nobel Prizes in their fields. Why hasn’t an acupuncturist or a naturopath or a homeopathic doctor or an herbalist ever won a Nobel Prize for their ‘contributions’ to science or medicine?

A friend who is heavily into astrology and a therapist I know who does alleged “past life regressions” both claim my skeptic, science-oriented world view devalues the mystery and beauty of life. Nonsense. There is real mystery and beauty enough in the universe without having to resort to the manufactured mysteries of frauds, con artists and miracle-mongers.

In support of this I present the following: a link to a stunning image of an ice crater on the north pole of Mars, from the the website of the University of Virginia Department of Astronomy.

I submit this is beautiful and mysterious and only science and technology could bring this view to us.


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