Well, OK then. I guess all we needed to figure out what was wrong with the world is for a heavy thinker – someone like, oh, I don’t know . . . Prince Charles – to put his massive muscle-between-his-enormous-ears to work.
Via the Sunday Times:
The Prince of Wales has blamed a lack of belief in the soul for the world’s environmental problems, and said that the planet cannot sustain a population expected to reach 9 billion in 40 years.
He said he found it “baffling” that so many scientists professed a faith in God yet this had little bearing on the “damaging” way science was used to exploit the natural world.
The Prince pinned part of the blame on Galileo.
Now, I know that Galileo cut a few corners; he basically stole the telescope idea: He was sitting in a 1608 Italian version of Starbucks, sipping on an espresso and noshing a bagel when he heard that this Dutch dude, Hans Lippershey, had created this tub-thingy that made things appear closer when looking through it. And Lippershey was on his way to Venice to sell this contraption to the government. Well, Galileo did some off-the-cuff diagrams on a napkin and – viola! – created the telescope. He made a tidy profit when he sold it to the Venetian government as a weapon of war (with a 30-power magnification, you could spot war ships from miles away, allowing you to get your defenses up and get your fleet out there to attack). (Lippershey missed out on the contract by a couple of weeks. You snooze, you lose, Dutch boy!)
And Galileo caused no end of headaches for the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church by supporting Copernican astronomy and posing a basic question (and I’m paraphrasing here a little):
“Yo, Pope! If God created everything in the universe for the benefit and enjoyment of man, why did he put stars and planets in the sky and craters on the moon that are invisible to the naked eye? Furthermore, if my calculations are correct – and hey, I’m Galileo, so yeah, they’re correct – I’m saying that the Earth revolves around the sun.”
Galileo explains his discoveries to the Pope. By Chris Madden.
Well, that statement flew in the face of Scripture, which says the Earth is the center of the universe, and the Church was not going to cotton to that, so it tried Galileo for heresy and made him recant all his previous writings and theories on the subject or be burned at the stake.
But to say the world’s ills are caused by Galileo and his embedding the “profit imperative behind much scientific research” is just goofy, Chuck.
So, all in all, Prince Charles, I think you are full of it. Go back to playing polo and let everyone forget what a twit you are. One guy’s opinion, is all.
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