Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Wow, She's Huge

So the Andromeda galaxy is bigger than scientists previously thought.  Its one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way in our little universe, a mere two million light years from earth (a hop, skip, and jump in galactic terms, which makes me feel like I should actually be writing about Star Wars). 

One of the things that I’m astounded by is the way that some people throw their entire being behind what we know today.  Every day we are learning more about how our bodies work, how the earth functions, the food that we eat and whether its bad (eggs) or good (oh wait, eggs go here too) for us, and just about everything else that we study.  It is generally stated that our collective knowledge of everything has doubled in the last twenty years.  The world wide web doubles every year.  The total amount of information in the world doubles every five years now.  With all of this information flowing, we make assumptions and hypotheses about the future, and how things are today in our lives, the universe, and everything.  Some scientists put forth that the earth is warming up, leading to massive climate change that will destroy the earth.  Others defend that cell phones cause all kinds of awfulness.  Yesterday, the sun was bad for you, but today, scientists believe that it might be essential in fighting cancer.  Then there’s this whole site

As with everything in life, don’t believe something just because someone who looks intelligent says it.  Science, politics, religion, and everything falls into this category.  Do some searching on your own, you’ll be better for it.

Because hey, I really have no idea what I’m talking about here anyway either.

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