This is a really bad one, but at least it’s brief — and there’s nothing else going on out there. Also, it brings our total a little closer to 1,000. Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lima News of Lima, Ohio. The letter is titled What science should know, and the newspaper has a comments section.
Because the letter writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Charles. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
As to the Wednesday article on the front page of The Lima News concerning the three scientists trying to answer the question of “How did we get here, and are we alone?”
That wasn’t a complete sentence, but grammar isn’t Charles’ specialty. We found the article that upset him and motivated his letter. Here it is: Are we alone? Nobel Prize goes to 3 who tackled cosmic query. It’s an Associated Press story about this year’s Nobel Prize in physics, about which we wrote Nobel Prize in Physics — Creationists Lose Again.
Half the prize was awarded for finding the first extra-solar planet, and the other half for describing the development of the universe after the Big Bang. Charles apparently thinks it was all a big mistake. He says:
I could have saved them time and work as well as the Nobel Prize committee a lot of money by reminding them of what the first verse of the Bible says: “In the beginning God created the heaven and earth.”
That’s it. That’s the whole letter. And when you think about it, Charles didn’t need to say anything else. We understand him perfectly. The only appropriate response is: BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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