Why Write this Blog?

I used to think I wanted to be a scientist. I love to explore the way things work and discover new truths. But I was also realistic enough to know that I would never be satisfied working my whole life dedicated to the investigation and solution of one or two specific mysteries or problems.

I have too many questions going through my head and too many interests to pin myself down to one of them. How would I choose? How would I keep myself from changing my mind and switching fields of study over and over?

When I think of Albert Einstein and scientists of his caliber, I find them admirable, but also kind of limited. What did Einstein do other than to revolutionize classical physics? He was never even able to come up with a unified field theory and just couldn’t accept quantum physics or come up with an alternate hypothesis for observations of weird subatomic behaviors. OK, maybe Einstein is a bad example. I suppose it would have been worthwhile to discover the theory of relativity.

On the other hand, I love the authors of Freakonomics because they have been able to investigate so many different questions. I’m not trying to diss Einstein. I’m just saying that it takes so much focus to be a scientist, that it just might stop being fun at some point. And what if you never even come up with a solution to that one little problem? What then?

What if you do solve the problem but nobody really cares or somebody else beats you to it or steals the credit? Can you tell me who invented the radio? No, it most likely wasn’t who you think it was. Nikola Tesla, a Serbian, died with little money and ostracized by many as a mad scientist despite filing the first U S patent for the invention of radio. However, the US government reversed its patent decision when it later awarded the patent for radio to Marconi.

This had the side benefit of allowing them to avoid paying royalties to Tesla and favoring well- known and wealthy US investors. What, did you think the world of science is completely fair and objective?

Who first discovered that the world was round and calculated its circumference to amazing accuracy? An ancient Egyptian whose written work was forgotten or lost until it was discovered well after later scientists such as the Greek Eratosthenes had to rediscover what he and others had already learned. Look it up.

I talk a lot about god in this blog, so why didn’t I decide to be a theologian? For the same reason I didn’t become a scientist, with one additional small detail. A theologian has a much harder job than a scientist because he can only use facts that meet the expectations of his hypothesis, which can only be changed if a few unwanted facts sneak in and everyone else agrees that they can no longer be ignored. Oh, and the hypothesis isn’t even his own, as it has been given to him by an unknown author who isn’t around to explain why it is inconsistent and often makes no sense at all.

Naturally, this doesn’t work for me since I like to ask questions, come up with my own hypotheses, and test them with all available facts and maybe a few thought experiments when facts are insufficient. I happen to be a fan of the TV show Myth Busters, so I have no problem blowing up a hypothesis when need be. It is just as fun as coming up with one in the first place, since you get to start all over again!

Do I believe everything I’ve written here? I will tell you for a fact that I do believe that every hypothesis in this blog actually came out of my brain. Some of it may have come out of somebody else’s brain first, but that’s beside the point. I’m not going to go so far as to claim it is all correct and I’m not going to claim that I was using all of my brain at the time. What I can tell you is that some of it is most likely wrong, but I haven’t figured out which parts yet, so I’ll probably have to make some edits as soon as I do.

So, if you don’t like what I’ve written, it won’t help to stalk me or call me names. The ideas are already out there for others to read, but they have to compete with about a billion other books, news articles, and blogs. So, if you are really mad, just turn the other cheek and hope it gets lost in the ever-growing mountain of information our society is creating. I don’t exactly expect this to become a top-rated blog, a best selling book, or a classic of literature or science. So, just enjoy it if you can and pass it on to someone else. I know that many of us read blogs purely for entertainment so we don’t have to think too hard about the reality of the world. But please consider turning on your brain while reading and let me know what you think. I ‘m always looking for another good new hypothesis and some facts to support or destroy it.

Most people only get the chance to whine and complain to a very small number of friends and family members. But if they whine too much, that number can quickly shrink until there is nobody left who can stand listening to you. I rarely complain to people, although that might be because I don’t have many friends to begin with. In any case, I thought that one advantage of writing a blog would be the ability to offer up my pet peeves to a really large audience, assuming anybody actually finds it and bothers to read.

I figure that, as long as I put a limit on the amount of complaining and tuck it in between more useful or entertaining information, it might go by relatively unnoticed or at least tolerated. My greatest hope is that I might even give an idea or two to someone who can actually do something to fix a few small, annoying problems, and maybe even one of the big ones.

So, this blog is a little like the meatballs your mother may have made for you. Not 100% beef, but rather a combination of beef, spinach, flax seed, or whatever vegetables, grains, or other good- for-you additives she was able to tuck in there to get into your body unnoticed.

Much of this blog is about god and aliens, but not because they are important elements of my daily life. I think it is because I am attracted to things that are ironic. One of these is something that large number of people eagerly believe in, or pretend to believe in, despite a total lack of evidence or even a coherent and consistent explanation. The other is something that a relatively smaller number of people believe in, even if they don’t admit it, because there is a relatively large amount of evidence that is also fairly coherent and consistent across a wide number of observations. We might even speculate that god and aliens really derive from the same poorly understood phenomenon.

So, there you go. Start reading if you dare.

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