Sciencey LOL of the week # 5

I thought this was fitting in light of the mixed comments (religion and science) I’ve been receiving on “We Are Star People!” Happy Friday!

Author: Thea Beckman

Canadian born and South African raised, Thea Beckman AKA Wander Woman Thea, is an experienced travel, food, and wine writer and (amateur) photographer with a devastating love of all of the above. She is a travel bug, a bookworm, and mildly alarmed by how many arthropods she can be at once. When she’s not writing for a living and for pleasure, she enjoys bird-watching, reading, drinking wine, cooking, and SHORT walks on the beach because the summer southeasterly winds in Cape Town are a real bitch. Thea is the author of the book “Why? Because Science!” Facebook @WanderWomanThea Instagram @wander_woman_thea

9 thoughts on “Sciencey LOL of the week # 5”

  1. Hi Thea.

    I read your post “We Are Star People”, and absolutely loved it. Of course, the writing was great, and what I really liked the most was the humor in it. It made me laugh out loud (literally!). The photos you have included (at a very right time during the reading), reinforced my laughing. 😀
    Anyways. On the whole, I really liked your views and the way you have expressed them.

    I, too, am a science person (Not sure, if I can define myself that way). The thoughts you have presented in that post (structural point of view) keep my mind busy most of the times (not literally, of course!). But yes, when I think of “me” that way, it changes the whole picture of “who am I”. Wonderful and amazing, right?

    Really happy to be introduced to you, will follow you! Hehe.

    Have fun,
    (A tiny, very tiny, matter in this grand design)


    1. Ah Nandini, I’m so glad you enjoyed the article and that it made you laugh. That’s the whole point of “Why? Because Science”: to make it accessible and entertaining. I’ve had a few people take issue with the humorous way I’ve presented certain serious topics, such as the bombing of Hiroshima. But the focus is on the science and that these seemingly complex ideas can be rendered in a language everyone can understand, enjoy and laugh at. You may be a very tiny matter in this grand design, but your comment made a complete stranger on the other side of the world (probably) stop and smile and feel proud. Thank you for reading.


  2. Well, of course there had to be a comment or two from the God Squad. They always seem to want to show the agreement between dogma and science, yet they always have to move toward science in doing that. Dogma deals in certainties, however much they might need to shift as new evidence comes to light, while science deals with uncertainties. Scientists seek to understand, while dogmatists need to believe. “Don’t confuse me with facts!”


    1. I’m not so much into dogma (actually not at all), but I do see a connection between the spiritual (religiion?) and physical (science?). So I think if done properly ‘showing agreement between spirit & physical’ can be very beneficial. I also think that the opposite – going with only one side of the coin – can be (or is if we look around) dangerous.


      1. There may very well be a connection between spiritual and physical… but religion is an entirely different thing. Religion is the organised belief in a higher power. And because it’s organised, invariably mankind (as is consistent with human nature) seeks to use it as a form of control and power. That’s why more wars have been waged in the name of God, or some deity, than anything else. Spirituality, I think, is a personal connection with something outside of the physical observable universe. And generally, it is this connection that is pure and uncontaminated by prejudice, bigotry or any other form of negative judgement. If you read my blog on “ghostbusters” you will see that I don’t rule out the existence of a spiritual realm. There is just yet to be irrefutable evidence to support its existence. You are right; ruling out either side of ‘the coin’ is dangerous. It’s only with an open mind and open eyes that we can truly appreciate and learn about the physical (and spiritual) world.


  3. Is it Thea? I’m new to this blogging thing, but so far, IMHO, you have one of the better blogs out here. Nice!


    1. Thank you so much! And keep the comments coming! I love it when people challenge the ideas I put forward. Blog-writing for me is as much about acquiring knowledge as it is about imparting it.


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