Uncommon Sense

March 21, 2018

But That’s the Fun!

Filed under: Religion,Science — Steve Ruis @ 12:13 pm


NASA has a satellite orbiting Jupiter right now, called Juno. Juno has been providing never before seen data about the largest planet in our solar system and that data is shredding previous conjectures about how that planet should act.

“The data’s telling us our ideas are all wrong,” says Randy Gladstone, lead investigator of Juno’s ultraviolet spectrograph. “But that’s the fun.”

“But that’s the fun.”

Scientists don’t mind being proven wrong because that means they are making progress. Just as driving down a dead-end road won’t get you anywhere, using incorrect theories to make predictions only gets you wrong answers, and wrong answers are what are sought out as proof the theory needs adjusting, as well as providing hints as to how to adjust them as a good theory always accounts for the vast majority of known facts.

Now imagine a biblical archeologist in the “holy land” declaiming over a new discovery, such as the city of Jericho having no walls in the period described in the Bible in which Jericho’s walls “came tumbling down.”

“The data’s telling us our ideas are all wrong,” says Dr. Bert Blather, lead archeologist on the Jericho excavations. “But that’s the fun.”

How long do you think he would keep his job, do you think?


  1. I like Bert Blather’s work.


    Comment by john zande — March 21, 2018 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  2. It would depend entirely on who was funding Bert Blatter’s work. If it was a religious-based organization (Jewish or Christian) he would be out of a job fast. However, if it was an entirely secular group or university that funded his work, then he would be able to write many more grant proposals and have them all funded.

    A similar thing did happen, when some of the primary researchers paid by the Mormon / LDS church discovered that there was absolutely zero evidence supporting any of the events in the ‘Book of Mormon’ that was made up and written down by fraudster Joe Smith about 180 years ago. No evidence for cultivation of any of the crops you read about in the Old Testament in North America; no evidence of donkeys, goats, sheep, horses, or camels; no iron tools, no chariots, no wheels etc etc — although they can be found in the Book of Mormon.

    But the LDS church decided merely to ignore the matter, pretend it never existed.

    Also: researchers have found zero evidence for any of the events in the Book of Exodus – no massive Jewish emigration from Egypt, nobody wandering around in the Sinai desert for 40 years, much less 40 months or even 40 weeks, no storming of Canaanite cities. In other words, all of the events described in the Passover seder, which is sort of the founding myth of Judaism, and arguably its most holy and central ritual defining who they are, is merely a myth. Probably written down when the Jews were (in actual fact) in captivity in Babylon.


    Comment by gfbrandenburg — March 21, 2018 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  3. An honest theist? Excuse this old broken down pagan/heathen/atheist, but can such a critter actually exist? This is a serious question folks, I really wish to know if such a critter can exist.
    Thanks gfbrandenburg! So much of the holly buy-bull has been proved to be wrong, worse than wrong, a total made up lie. Aha! The “Book of Mormon”. Just another in a very long list of made up from nothing but the imagination of the person who first thought it up. Of course the church leaders ignore any findings that don’t comport to their religion. If they ever admit the truth, the whole LDS house of cards falls down, same with every other religion and holy book based mythology.
    Unless we are going to mention Scientology. That crap was made up by a 10th rate failed SciFi writer who figured the best way to get rich fast was to invent a new religion. If you tell that gang the truth, they will come after you big time. They supposedly hound any high profile members who leave their gang, even regular folks who quit get nasty treatment from the ruling gang. I am absolutely certain that organized religion is THE absolute worst human invention ever. Yep, worse even than clear weapons which are way more nasty/vile than any human should ever be able to think up, et alone use.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — March 21, 2018 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  4. You have touched on the exact reason why science works, and religion fails. Fails miserably.

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    Comment by shelldigger — March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  5. Rats, messed up my proof reading again. I meant to say worse than nuclear weapons. Not clear weapons. I may need to up my O2 flow, the old brain may not be getting enough at the current rate of flow.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — March 21, 2018 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  6. I was in a little sideline debate on Mel’s the other day, and he mentioned that the theories always change. Yep, and each time we get a little closer to a truth, while religion is stuck in their faith of the invalidated, centuries old stories.


    Comment by jim- — March 22, 2018 @ 10:59 am | Reply

    • Ayep, they are stuck with revealed wisdom, even when it is revealed to be wrong.

      On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 10:59 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 22, 2018 @ 11:02 am | Reply

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