The lack of news today is working to your benefit, dear reader. There’s nothing else going on, so we’re bringing you a second letter-to-the-editor: Another Earth. This one appears in the Ventura County Star located in Camarillo, California. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
Re: your Sept. 24 editorial, “Finding another Earth”: I applaud the efforts to find Earth’s twin and encourage the technology to search for life on another planet. This is good for science and the search for truth.
Don’t be misled by that beginning. There’s no hint — yet — of what’s coming. The editorial referred to was Finding another Earth. It wasn’t bad for a general audience, but it ended with this:
Finding our twin may now only be a matter of time. Sadly, when we do find it, we will be looking at it as it was millions of years in the past.
We may find a habitable earth-like planet, but we’re not going to find our “twin.” And we seriously doubt that with our current technology we’ll find any planets that are millions of light-years away. The last time we wrote about the discovery of extra-solar planets was Fifty More Extra-Solar Planets Discovered. The distance of those planets from us wasn’t mentioned, but our understanding is that almost all extra-solar planets discovered so far are no more than 300 light-years away.
But that’s not important for enjoying today’s letter, to which we return:
Even simple cellular life cannot exist without divine intervention. Life cannot exist without intelligent design. Life requires intention, purpose and plan.
Ah, we didn’t know that. But the letter-writer has evidence:
In Ventura County we have one of the premier pharmaceutical companies in the world …. An efficacious drug discovery is very rare and extremely costly. It doesn’t happen by accident.
Pharmaceuticals are intelligently designed. Therefore … life is intelligently designed too. Brilliant! Let’s read on:
Simple cellular life is infinitely more complex than chemical compounds and drug discovery. It is a miracle.
Right. Pharmaceutical companies prove it. Wait — there’s something very peculiar here. The letter-writer doesn’t mention it, but for some reason those pharmaceutical companies don’t hire creation scientists. They must be fools! Here’s more:
The technology we invest in the search for life on other planets will confirm the truth that Earth is a freak of nature. Why? Because Earth was divinely inspired.
So there you are, dear reader. We’re a divinely inspired freak of nature. Make of it what you will.
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