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You Will Get A Real “Keck” Out Of This!

You Will Get A Real “Keck” Out Of This!

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I write this the morning (13 February) after Diane and I had a wonderful, long, and calorie-filled dinner with two very senior people associated with the Keck Telescopes and the other telescopes atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a memorable evening that still resonates with me. One reason that conversation sticks with me -- aside from having discussed dark energy, blue-sky (black-sky?) projects for exploring the Proxima Centauri system, gamma-ray bursts, gravity waves, black holes, etc., etc. – is that one of the subjects we touched on banged down pretty hard on one of my hot-button issues:  scientific illiteracy in general in the US and the western world, and the need for informed, literate teaching of science to non-scientists. I mean science per se, not just astrono
Of God, SETI, Science, and the "Wall Street Journal"

Of God, SETI, Science, and the "Wall Street Journal"

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There are some times when I am less skeptical about God than at other times. Back in late October I wrote a post entitled “SETI and Religion: Why We Need Little Green Men”. Now, that post was about the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (hence the SETI acronym), but in that post, as a kind of sidebar, I also alluded to the tendency of Americans, as by a wide margin the most religious of all First World nations, to systematically misrepresent, misunderstand, and misinterpret current scientific theories in order to fit the Procrustean bed of Americans’ often-bombastic and covertly insecure religiosity:  like the victims of the inkeeper Procrustes in the Greek myth, science is often trimmed to fit faith. Well … in what a more theistically devout believer than I might see as an ad hoc d