The creationists aren’t generating any news this weekend. There was a news item they could have babbled about, but so far we haven’t seen them do it. You can read about the news at PhysOrg: New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe.
It’s about a study published in The Astrophysical Journal: A Limited Habitable Zone for Complex Life, which you can read without a subscription. They say that it’s not enough for a planet to be in what we’ve been calling a star’s habitable zone, where liquid water can exist on the planet’s surface. The habitable zone for really complex life is far more restricted, which means that finding intelligent alien life isn’t as likely as we had been thinking.
Why haven’t the creationists been running wild with that news? One never knows. They’ll eventually get around to it.
There’s one other subject we’ll bring up. Have you noticed how common it is for creationists to call their outfits an “institute”? Think about it. Among the few we routinely visit, there’s the Discovery Institute, the Institute for Creation Research, and Jason Lisle’s Biblical Science Institute. Using the word “Institute” in their name makes them sound so … so classy!
For some reason, ol’ Hambo doesn’t use the word, but for the others, calling themselves an “institute” is an attempt to conjure up the prestige usually associated with places like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology — or the Institute for Advanced Study, where Einstein used to work.
We’re not alone in thinking there’s something special about the word. According to the Wikipedia article on Institute:
In the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man the term “institute” is a protected word and companies or other organizations may only use the word if they are “organisations which are carrying out research at the highest level or to professional bodies of the highest standing”.
Okay, enough of that. Because there’s nothing else going on, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, or even astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!
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