Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Scientific Surprise

"There are more things in heaven and earth...than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Neutrinos, tiny particles of universal matter
, have shaken up the scientific world. In one recent experiment, neutrinos seemed to move faster than the speed of light.

As one might imagine, this has world scientists in a bit of a tizzy. For all the tired memes about established religion being stodgy and unwilling to accept new ideas, nobody can dig in on traditional dogma like a scientist defending the status quo.

For example, take the declaration that "the science is settled" regarding global warming. That statement in itself is anti-scientific, and no true scientist would say such a thing. Science is never settled. Remember when Pluto was a planet? There are always new discoveries to be made. If you believe in settled science, you may as well throw in for the tooth fairy.

Imagine, the tiny little neutrino, causing all this fuss. Just more proof that, by its very nature, science will always be full of surprises.