You know how these things start. Everything is quiet around here, and then the Drool-o-tron™ jolts us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.
Our computer was locked onto this article at WND: What do we really know about Earth-like planets? Extra-solar planets? That’s a popular subject around here — not only because it’s fascinating, but also because the very idea that there are millions of habitable planets, some of which may even have intelligent beings, infuriates creationists, who insist that our planet is unique in all the universe.
The actual title of the rev’s video is Billions of Earths in the Galaxy. The rev tells his drooling fans that the closest Earth-like planet is around 13 light years away. Then he calls on what he has named the Rives Theory of Relativity to handle the difficult computation, and he announces that our fastest present-day ships travel at 40,000 miles per hour, so it would take 200,000 years to get there.
Is that right? There are 5.88 trillion miles in a light year (that’s 5.88 x 1012 miles) so 13 light years is about 76 trillion miles. At 40,000 miles per hour (times 24 hours in a day, times 365 days in a year) you’d be traveling at around 350 million miles per year. So yeah, 200,000 years is close enough.
The rev also says what everyone already knows — our instruments don’t yet tell us if other “Earths” have our kind of atmosphere or the other factors that make our planet habitable. So what’s his point? He doesn’t seem to have one. Maybe he’s just hinting at the futility of science.
The rev is wearing one of his bible-boy suits — with a necktie. He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! The video is his usual 90-second presentation — before the commercial. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.
As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!
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