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Great Space and Science Fiction Books

Recently, Space.com published a list of space and science fiction books that they feel are the best and have recommended them to their readers. I checked it out, and I found a few books that I’d like to buy. Here they are:

cosmosSurprisingly, I didn’t have Cosmos in my to-buy list on Goodreads. I have since added it. Are you surprised that I haven’t even read the book? I am, too. Probably a must read for all space and astronomy fans.

Carl Sagan is a legendary astronomer who made science and astronomy fun and easy to understand for many people.

amanonthemoonI had to add A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin to the list. From what I’ve read, this book has a very complete account of each Apollo landing. The author spoke with 23 of the 24 astronauts to get all the facts. I’d love to read this and find out what happened on the moon. And I guess not happen on the moon, in the case of Apollo 13. Probably more complete than the movie!

auroraDid you know that Kim Stanley Robinson has a new novel this year? It’s Aurora, a novel about our first voyage outside the solar system. He did a wonderful job with Red Mars, and this goes beyond our neighbour. I’m a sucker for this kind of book. I really need to finish reading his Mars trilogy, though. The first book was my dream book. I wonder what this will be like.

 

There were many other books on the list. Most of the science fiction books I already have or read.  Check out the list and let me know if any catch your eye. Leave your choices in the comments below.

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Creationism on “Cosmos?” Unlikely

When I saw this news story, I couldn’t believe it.  Honestly, who would ever believe that creationism would find a place on Cosmos, a TV show dedicated to science?

Danny Falkner of Answers in Genesis complained about Neil deGrasse Tyson not discussing the creationists’ point of view.  Of course it wouldn’t be discussed.  As Cosmos is a science show, it wouldn’t be discussing something that is strictly religious.

Let’s take a look at what Falkner said.

Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all.

No surprise about this.  That’s because creationism isn’t science.  It’s religion.  Cosmos has nothing to do with religion.

The host of The Janet Mefford Show went on to say this:

Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.

Please, provide us a list of scientists who don’t accept Darwinian evolution.  Evolution has never been successfully refuted or falsified.  It is accepted by the scientific community.

Falkner also says this:

I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it’s all on the table – and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem.’

Yes, science is all about discussing the ideas and investigating them.  Creation isn’t considered because it is not science.  It’s that simple.  Unicorns aren’t being considered, Santa Claus isn’t being considered, the Theory of Barbaric Lemons isn’t being considered, and my mother’s pickle recipe isn’t being considered.  They’re not science!  Actually, a pickle recipe is more scientific than the others, since it’s basically a kind of chemistry.

So why should creationism be featured on a strictly scientific show?  For the same reason creationism has no place in a science class.  It’s religion, not science.

What do you think?