Shields down

1 08 2012

Sci-Fi enthusiasts would understand this post better than anyone.

But for those who don’t, the title refers to a starship in a science fiction universe, it could be Star Wars or Star Trek which have both used the phrase… which is in battle, and has been hard hit by enemy fire. So much so that the electronic force fields protecting the spacecraft are no longer in place, leaving the ship exposed and vulnerable to any attack.

I think this is how religion is sitting at this time.

Years ago, had I said anything to counter any religious view, I would have been called a “heathen” and made to sit in the corner for having “ridiculous” ideas.

I would have then pretended that I agree with religious views, but mainly to keep the peace, and I wasn’t the only one in this position, There must have been hundreds or even thousands like me, all around the World.

What a difference now.

I can say that I don’t believe in God, and automatically be supported by many, without having to give any reasons for my views.

Most have heard those reasons from others anyway, does it need repeating?

People are openly talking about atheism and science like never before.

Religion has lost its power to contain these ideas.

The shields are down in some areas of the ship, weakened in others, holding fast in some places… but there is no doubt that the ship is crippled.

The ships passengers are in a state of panic, you can tell by the way they desperately argue with those of us who are backed up by facts, they have no facts to plug their holes with, and they lack their power to frighten us with their mythology anymore.

Would I feel victorious, as an atheist, if I saw the ship explode?

I don’t know.

Because although we tried very hard to get the religious to see things as they are, It’s never a good thing for a person to feel they’ve spent their lives on something that simply wasn’t true, or was never going to work.

But if you do come over to our side, you will:

* Be supported

* Loved

* Understood

And much more, life will go on pretty much as before, so don’t worry. 🙂

Wolfie!





Sci Fi Sci

31 05 2012

I’ve come up with an interesting idea for a science series, which is part Sci fi and part factual.

What if you could have Doctor Who (An expert on time) host a show about fossils, travelling back in time, in his TARDIS, to explain how things looked thousands of years ago, giving an insight into the natural history of Earth?

Or Jean-Luc Picard hosting a show about the local planets, from the Enterprise itself?

Now we’ve had actors providing their voice for these sorts of shows before, but never in character. This would not be a voice over job for the actor, but a chance for the viewer to accompany the character on a ride through time and space, and learning about real science along the way.

This would be how “Sci Fi Sci” would work.

Obviously this would require film and TV companies getting together and giving their OK , I’m thinking about rights issues, but if done well, it could be quite an exciting, and entertaining documentary series.

“Sci Fi Sci” (c) Wolfie Rankin 2012 – All Rights Reserved

Wolfie!





Wookiee Food

23 03 2011

Here’s an odd, and slightly nerdy sort of question.

But I want to pose it seriously, rather than as a joke.

What does a Wookiee eat?

I don’t think it was specified in the movies, so we can only guess, and this could be a nice exercise for our minds to think about in the wee hours.

Normally when a “new” animal is found, the teeth and other parts of the body are examined, and it’s possible to get a basic idea of what the creature ate… a good example would be dinosaurs, we have not seen living dinosaur, but their bodies can often reveal whether they ate meat or greens, or a combination of both.

Teeth not only evolved for eating, but also evolved for fighting, Tusks are a good example. and some types of monkey have very long teeth, which are for display more than anything else.

So although a Wookiee may appear to be a meat eater, perhaps they’re not.

And yes, we all saw that Holiday Special, but let’s not colour our thoughts with that too much.

So, Fingers to chins, let us speculate.

Wolfie!