The Milky Way Galaxy

How Big Is Earth Compared to the Universe?

Think about Earth.  The oceans.  The mountains.  The forests.  The millions of forms of life.  Thunderstorms.  Volcanoes.  Snow.  Our history, including past civilizations and enormous monstrous dinosaurs. [mainbodyad]Now consider that there are at least 10 trillion planetary systems in the known universe.  Notice the “at least”.  That is 10,000,000,000,000.  Earth would be “1” of those.…

Star Trek Captain Kirk

Jesus Christ vs. Captain Kirk: A Study of Mental Models (or “A Modern Example of Binary Beliefs and Cognitive Dissonance In Everyday Western Culture”)

The odds are good you won’t read this entire post.  The reason?  It has to do with confirmation bias.  If you think what I am going to say conflicts with your belief system – whether you are a scientist or a Christian – you won’t finish it to avoid cognitive dissonance even though you aren’t…