Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Sun Don't Shine in Texas


I'm a bit too old to have grown up with Bill Nye's science program. I still enjoyed his show whenever I caught it, and I am a huge fan of anyone who tries to popularize science for the layman. I also enjoyed his solar battle with Ed Begley Jr. to see who could add the most electricity to the power grid.

Bill recently spoke at McLennan Community College in Waco Texas, it was part of a series of discussions on general science topics such as global warming and solar energy. Bill made the seemingly innocuous comment about how far our scientific knowledge has come by quoting Genesis 1:16 "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

He then followed up by pointing out that the lesser lights origin is also the sun, albeit reflected by the moon. The crowd responded with a cacophony of catcalls and boo's and members of the audience fleeing from his blasphemous speech. A woman yelled, "We believe in God!" while marching out of the auditorium with her family in tow.

I'm not sure what this denotes, other than that the Republic of Texas could possibly implode due to a temporal paradox. Surely, Waco is actually in the midst of the Bronze age.

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