There’s a lot of discussion raging right now about the faster-than-light neutrinos that supposedly have been observed at the CERN laboratories. Will this discovery disprove parts of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and radically change the way we view the universe? Or is this just another case of experimental error?
Whatever the outcome, the one thing that is completely clear from the caution of the CERN scientists about their findings is the vast difference between the ways Science and Religion try to make sense of the universe. Here it is in summary:
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On god, holy books, and faster-than-light neutrinos
“Here’s this ancient Holy Book that contains the divinely-inspired words of God, the Creator of the Universe himself.
It tells you how you must live and how you must behave, what you can do and what you cannot do. If you think some parts of the book contradict other parts, remember that your human mind is too small to understand God’s mysterious ways.
Should you not obey our interpretation of this Book, you will suffer excruciating pain and torment for all eternity, after you die.
All this is absolutely true. How do we know? It’s written right there in the Book. DUH!”
“We’ve apparently detected neutrino particles traveling faster than the speed of light, which means we are going to have to re-think a lot of things we thought we knew about the universe and how it works.
This is extremely exciting, but, even though we have actually observed this phenomenon tens of thousands of times, there is still the possibility that there was something wrong with our experiment.
So, to be as sure as we possibly can, we want other scientists to conduct their own experiments to independently reproduce and verify these results before we can accept them.”
Faith vs. evidence. Who you got?