UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Callow, evangelical scientists

While watching, today [5/18/16] a series of shows about the Universe on the Science channel, I was disturbed by something I’ve noticed during NASA’s moonshots and other scientific endeavors, mostly those involved with space, the cosmos….and it’s this.

Scientists, not all, but many, exude a mind-set that isn’t far from that of evangelical Christians: a euphoric state of mindless ecstasy, steep in belief and faith and an optimistic joy that is adolescent.

The scientists used in the Science channels show I watched [The Big Bang, Life on Saturn’s moons, and Dark Energy] were gaga about the possibility of travel to far off places in the Solar System (and Universe), something that they will never be able to enjoy in thiir lifetimes, but still a giddy adventure they anticipate, for humans.

Such mental (emotional, psychological) excitement is so like the rapture of goofy Christians hoping for a sojourn in Heaven after death that it belies the intellectual caution and dignity that is supposed to be the essence of science.

One scientist, so enraptured by space travel (using interplanetary hotel stops and interstellar taxi cabs) was beside himself, shaking with juvenile excitement like that we used to enjoy, as kids, at Christmas time.

Science and its practitioners are just as faith-oriented and often ridiculous as Christians who think Jesus is still extant and paying attention to them.

I think UFO buffs can ignore the plaints of scientists about ufology and the interest  of UFO believers, because science is just as intellectually immature, and maybe more so.



  • I will admit as an ex-aerospace technologist I get a certain kind of joy knowing that I helped make some small bit of the space program possible. If you've listen to anything Bill Nye has been saying recently about where space science is going, you'd think he was imagining the return of the messiah.

    By Blogger Joel Crook, at Wednesday, May 18, 2016  

  • Rich,

    Carl Sagan, I think, is the role model.

    Best Regards,


    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, May 18, 2016  

  • Now, now, Rich. Let's not beat up on Christians too much. Just because you rejected it long ago doesn't mean it's all nonsense and giddy adolescence.

    If you're going to beat up on those who hold faith in something bigger than themselves, namely God, you need to include Buddists, Islamics, Jews, and all others on your list.

    That would be about 90% of the world's population. Scientists make up a much smaller percentage.

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Wednesday, May 18, 2016  

  • There was also excitement about a Kuiper belt object with a moon. I figured it was just a slow news day.


    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Wednesday, May 18, 2016  

  • Brian:

    I was berating evangelical Christians, but in a mid-day stupor typed in "ecumenical" by mistake......so I see your point in the errant context.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, May 19, 2016  

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