“Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself.”
— Edwin Land
— Edwin Land
— John Glenn
— John F. Kennedy
May 25, 1961
The other day, the girl mentions in passing that there is a company in England selling land on Mars, and did I want to buy some.
“They’re selling it really cheap, like, for $29 an acre,” my little real estate developer she continued. “That’s really cheap, right?”
Yes, I told her, but added that unfortunately, our space exploration program has stalled and I doubted that man would get to Mars in my lifetime.
She countered that since we got to the moon in less than 10 years, we could be on Mars about the time she was a junior in college. I told her if she promised to study math and science, I mean really study it, I might buy an acre or two on Mars. And maybe some for her and her brother, too.
So yesterday, when she got home from school, she called to tell me that next year, when she goes to middle school, she’s already been accepted into advanced 6th-grade math and science.
Anyone interested in buying some plots on Mars with me? We could be neighbors…
“Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.”
— Thomas Hobbes
“A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections—a mere heart of stone.”
— Charles Darwin
“Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.”
— Thomas Szasz