Archives for January, 2010

I am not afraid to believe in the Big Bang!

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -Aldous Huxley People who don’t like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn’t have such funny beliefs. -Anonymous Over at The World’s Fair, the question of belief in science arose with the provocative question, “Do you believe in the Big Bang?” I thought about it for…

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting. -Siddhārtha Gautama, a.k.a. Buddha Last week, I started a new series on The Greatest Story Ever Told, about the origin and evolution of the Universe. In it, I asserted that inflation is the very first…

Weekend Diversion: Fitness Challenge!

Darn it! I’m sick and tired of being a scarecrow! Charles Atlas says he can give me a real body. All right! I’ll gamble a stamp and get his free book! -Countless Magazine and Comic Book Ads Last weekend, Abbie over at ERV proclaimed herself the fittest person on Scienceblogs, and one of my readers…

The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming. -Freeman Dyson When we look out at our Universe today, we see all sorts of beautiful things throughout space, from galaxies and clusters, distributed roughly evenly…

A Moon-stravaganza!

The Sun stood still and the Moon stayed — and hastened not to go down about a whole day! -Joshua 10:12-13 Did you have a good New Year’s Eve? Did you enjoy not just the fireworks and champagne, but also the Blue Moon (2nd full Moon of the month) that was out that night? Were…

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Welcome to 2010, everybody! I know that many of you have been following my writing for some time, and many of you have just started recently, so I’d like to start the New Year off right, and (re)introduce myself and…

Weekend Diversion: Snowpocalypse Now?

Things slow down when it snows everywhere. They did when I lived in New York, Chicago, and Madison, WI, and for good reason. There are a few basic rules about driving in snow that everybody adheres to, including being knowledgeable about what your vehicle can and cannot handle. It’s a pain, but it could be…