Posts Tagged Science

Review: Galactic Odyssey – by Keith Laumer


Keith Laumer’s long and varied career as a science fiction writer has seen all manner of interesting stories come and go. No matter what you think of his writing style, his ideas are as varied as one could possibly wish for.

Some of his books are better than others, like any writer, and I want to say that if you have enjoyed anything he has written, you owe it to yourself to find a copy of this book.

Now, I don’t want to spoil the story – I don’t consider it the job of a book reviewer to tell you the plot, or even tease you with a little bit of the plot – so you will find no spoilers here. Instead, let me tell you that the book will leave you thrilled and awed, not to mention envious.
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The Big Bang – Science or Religion?

The idea of the big bang isn’t “science”, science is a philosophy. The idea of the big bang is a theory, one which has many convinced it is the most likely of the current candidates because a great deal of evidence seems to point that way. It is in no way a “certainty”, nor would anyone who understands how science actually works be likely to say so. If you want to characterize it honestly, it is a “best estimate”. No more than that.

I am more than a little disturbed when I observe people presenting the big bang theory as established fact. Nothing could be further from the truth. Doing so misstates the case, and furthermore, it dishonors science.

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