At some point in time, and at this rather nebulous point in space, we will create two additional pages to address the fascinating and needlessly contentious subjects of Cosmology (including the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe) and Abiogenesis (leading to the evolution of life). Look for the “∇” symbol on this page to indicate that the links have become active. For largely religious reasons, these have become hot-button issues in a way that hasn’t been seen since Galileo Galilei showed that the Earth revolves about the Sun, and that Jupiter has moons of its own.

Galileo and the moons of JupiterIronically, Galileo’s telescope did not lead him to question his faith. He wrote this: “I give infinite thanks to God, who has been pleased to make me the first observer of marvelous things.” One has to wonder, though, how well his faith held up later, when he was imprisoned under sentence of the Holy Office of the Inquisition.

The “world clock” was created by xkcd, one of our favorite comics. You should explore it. Do it now.

Credit for title image of the local universe: 2MASS, T. H. Jarrett, J. Carpenter, & R. Hurt.

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