The fall semester is only two weeks away (I feel like an online ticker) and I'm watching probably one of the best summers of the past few years just slip away. It's been full of long walks and spirited conversation; good books and just time to sit and think.
And sleep, let's not forget sleep. I won't be getting much of that in the coming months.
A couple of days ago, I had some doubts about starting the print version of TVG. I started worrying about who would read it, if all those people who asked "why" might be right and whether or not it was relevant. I was thinking maybe all the IDers, creationists and the general anti-science sentiment across the country is inflated, exaggerated.
Then I read this, and realized that none of it is exaggerated. There are campaigns against reason in this country. We are retreating into delusions of end times and spiritual warfare.
There are lists of harmful books published, games, movies and art banned, the indoctrination of college students by Campus Crusaders, and perhaps worst of all, the rejection of accepted scientific fact with a wave of the subjective hand.
Why? To defend our primitive intuition.
The conclusions drawn from science and mathmatics, and subsequently art and literature, are counter-intuitive, and therefore in direct conflict with ideas about our origin and development that stretch back several millennia.
How could our ancestors have known that the sun was a ball of gases? It went against everything with which they had experience. It seemed much more likely that a giant humanoid dragged it across the sky with a chariot.
Indeed, the same can be said of our existence. Our mere existence is said to provide evidence of design by an eternal creator (an argument over 200 years old), but this is an anthropomorphic argument, a conclusion drawn without the math and science necessary to transport our minds outside of their inherent subjectivity and assist us in divining the true nature of the universe.
Needless to say, I have redoubled my efforts. I've been working on a podcast addressing the basics of evolution by natural selection to be published on our website and it is truly a test of patience. I'm finding out that it's best to take it one section at a time, with small pauses, so I can go back and edit things without having to start over.
If anyone has any ideas about what I should cover this semester, give me a shout, leave me a message.