Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
My thoughts on yesterday’s eclipse were a lot like those of Nicholas Kristof, who reminds us that the prediction of eclipses is so accurate because of science.
We know the time and place of every partial and total eclipse that will occur from now till Kingdom Come, yet a large chunk of our population – maybe even a majority – won’t accept the science that warns us to do something about global warming or there’ll be hell to pay. Almost literally. It’s gawn get hot.
It’s the same science that got human beings to the moon, that has sent probes into deep space, that has cured polio and tuberculosis, that has given us computers and cell phones and television and brain surgery and coronary stents and air travel and DNA and electron microscopy and meteorology and quantum physics. (Granted, it has also given us nuclear weapons.) There is no getting around the fact that the scientific method works. It tests its propositions with rigor and demands repetition of its results.
Unlike some approaches to life on Earth I could mention …
But as long as more than half of our politicians reject science and pander to that section of the population that doesn’t want to accept certain facts because to do so would let the air out of their worldview, we’re going to stare in awe at the eclipse that arrives right on time but turn our backs on the inconvenient omens of trouble ahead.
I hope everyone enjoyed the miracle in the sky that the gods staged for us yesterday!