The normally excellent science reporter of the terrible Haaretz newspaper made a big mistake–or at least, the editor who headed her article did. The headline: CERN to Tackle the Greatest Dark Matter: Why Any of Us Exist. However, it’s not of the editors but the interviewed professor herself who said the blunder: “We still don’t understand how come we exist.” “How come” means “Why.” The reporter got that right.
But the professor should have asked: How can the material world exist? Science only answers how-questions. Religion deals with why-questions.
(The article ends stating that we can only follow this based on faith! Huh?)
The professor is one of the world’s top physicists today. How can such a prominent scientist say such nonsense? But Einstein already 100 years ago told researchers that they should study the philosophy of science. It’s sad.
Reminds me of this great Calvin and Hobbes cartoon:
Calvin: Why are we here?
Hobbes: Because we walked here.
Calvin: No, I mean, why are we on Earth?
Hobbes: Because Earth supports life.
Calvin: No, I mean, why are we alive?
Hobbes: Because we were born.
Calvin: O, forget it.
In another piece of recent non-information, we are told that if we worry about sicknesses, the economy, or climate disaster: don’t worry, there are many planets out there that seem to support life too.
That’s as good a piece of advice as saying: “Worried about human civilization? Go live in a swamp.” No extraterrestrial ecosystem will ever be as friendly for us as the worst mess that we could ‘create’ here.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson also made a cartoon series about that. The conclusion: What use is it to colonize a different planet if we messed this one up. We would also quickly spoil the next ones. Better to clean up our act and our own planet that used to be habitable.
All the above, I quote from memory. That’s also the source of the following very timely wisdom from the same artist: The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.