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Views of a vast Universe - The Intelligent Designer

Last week I read some news about the teaching of "Intelligent" Design at a school in Kansas, USA. Being a teacher myself I gave it some thought during my long commute to the university. Basically the "intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power". A question stroke me: If the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power, then this "higher power" must be so mind bogglingly complex that it certainly must have been created by an even higher power! It couldn't have evolved by itself, of course. And it could go on forever, with higher and higher powers creating one another. On the other hand, denying the evolution is like looking at a Boeing 777 and saying that such a complex machine could in no way have been invented by the Wright Brothers! Well, the big point here is time! Ninety seven years separate the Flyer from the 777. Look at what "evolution" can do in 97 years! Most people cannot encompass the time scales of the evolutionary processes. Folks, we're talking about *billions* of years here! Let's take a look at what a billion years is: think about a thousand years. That's a loooong time right? Now think about a thousand times a thousand years. Wow, that's really an awfully big amount of time! And that's "just" a million years. Now think about a thousand times a million years and you'll have a billion years. But we aren't finished yet. Life on Earth is supposed to have began, in its most primitive forms, some 4 billion years ago. So, get all those years and multiply by four. Lay back, relax, and let your mind drift a little... 4,000,000,000 years... yeah... that's really, really some humongous amount of time... The natural forces (you can call them God if you wish) had quite some time to work... and they did! They started even earlier, some 14 billion years ago with the building blocks of matter, hydrogen atoms. Fast forward 10 billion years and we have already stars, galaxies, black holes, solar systems, planets and the young Earth. Move on more 4 billion years and we have the marvelous complexity of life including Wilbur and Orville Wright, the Boeing 777, sharks, digital watches, democracy, Madonna, AIDS, broccoli, warfare, Gandhi, giraffes and US Presidents. That's evolution!
One last point: if The Designer were really that intelligent would (S)He have designed us?

Fernando Ribeiro - Save the

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NASA's budget includes trip to Hubble 11/17
The money will pay for the start-up of NASA's new moon-Mars venture, more space shuttle flights,
a repair mission to the Hubble telescope and other programs.

Hubble sees stars being born 11/12
A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals stars in the process of being born
amid a fantastic scene of wispy space structures and intense radiation.

Local hub-bub over Hubble 11/10
Simply put, the universe is infinitely larger, with infinite possibilities and infinite mysteries.
The universe is, after all, infinite.

Pluto has three moons, not one, new Hubble telescope images show 11/01
Pluto has three moons, not one, new images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest.

Hubble seeks breath of fresh air in lunar soil 10/24
The Hubble Space Telescope has joined the hunt for sources of oxygen on the moon,
and it is already proving its worth.

Hubble Detects Oxygen-Bearing Minerals on Moon 10/21
The Hubble Space Telescope has detected oxygen in moon minerals that future explorers could use for breathing, to make electricity, and for rocket fuel. 

Hubble is hot on the trail of lunar resources 10/19
Ultraviolet imagery hints at oxygen-rich minerals for future missions

New NASA Plans Could Dramatically Limit Shuttle Flights And Halt Space Station Assembly 10/19
NASA is faced with a dilemma right now: It wants to fly 19 Space Shuttle missions - 18 to the International Space Station (ISS) and one mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope between now and the end of FY 2010.

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Cast-off: Releasing a Solar Array

Astronaut Kathy Thornton jettisons a damaged solar array panel into space during Hubble's first servicing mission in 1993. When the solar panels were replaced, astronauts found a bend in the casing of this panel. The panel couldn't be returned safely to Earth, and was released into space. Eventually the panel will descend into Earth's atmosphere, where the friction created by the speed of its fall will burn it up, turning it into a shooting star.

Hubble's solar panels generate power for the telescope by converting sunlight into electricity. The arrays power the telescope and charge its batteries while Hubble is in sunlight. When Hubble moves into the dark portion of its orbit, the batteries provide power. (from

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