Unlike the Church of Scientology and the U.S. Government, NASA is one cult yet to be breached by WikiLeaks. But it looks like NASA will be revealing one of its own secrets, this Thursday.
Readers may recall my trenchant criticism of NASA, here and here, which led to the Obama administration’s (wise) capitulation to my demands, here.
Well, if NASA demonstrates the existence of aliens, as indicated by the aforelinked link, then maybe the Outer Space program, virtually non-existent these days, can be redeemed. This also might finally give the SETI people something to do other than make movies.
In March of 2009, I publicly lambasted President Obama for appointing an outer space fanatic to head NASA. The President called for another mission to the moon (yawn), but instead NASA bombed it for no reason. I got a lot of flack from the experts, including one commenter named “Basdv.”
Yet in response to my trenchant criticism (and NASA’s going off the deep-end), Obama changed his mind, basically eliminating NASA altogether. The space lobby even trotted out Neil Armstrong to make some statements, despite his suspicious identity. Without a manager, hopefully Houston will have another problem sooner than later.
UPDATE: Thousands of readers wrote in to condemn me for wishing that NASA would repeat the incident involving Jim Lovell. On the contrary, by “another problem” I mean an existential crisis for NASA itself.
The Washington Post, famous for its outside-of-the-box thinking on scientific matters, has published a list of the worst ideas of the last one hundred years (sorry for the hyperbolifics in the title). Not surprisingly, science shows up not one, not two, not four, but three times. First, medical science, then technology, then geography.
The sciences better start getting serious, or else they will be relegated to the same mystical voodoo cesspool as Astrology, Psychology, Cultural Studies, and the feisty offshoot of Cultural Studies, Wicca.
Here’s my list of the top ten worst ideas of the last one hundred years (considering not just science, but all ideas):
(1) NASA (QED, QED)
(2) Nuclear Physics (QED TBA)
(3) The Apollo Program (QED)
(4) Special Relativity (QED)
(5) Quantum Mechanics (QED TBA)
(6) Bayes theorem (QED)
(7) Asia (QED, QED, QED)
(8) Bombing the moon (QED)
(9) Micro-Evolution (QED, QED)
(10) Dark Matter/Anti-Matter (QED, QED)
(10) More-than-three dimensional space (QED)
(10) Brian Greene/Stephen Hawking (QED)
I don’t yet have QED links for all of these, but you can find additional expliceration of these ideas, such as Brian Greene, in my comprehensive Science and Math Defeated Glossary of Terms.
Obama has appointed an outer space fanatic to be the President of NASA. This means that we’re set to spend trillions more on floating around in space, as we have already. And get this: NASA wants to return to the moon. I’ll give one dollar to anyone who can name even fifty good findings from the moon. It was completely useless!