Mad Science and the Riddle of Religion

Try this riddle:

Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows it not.
And whoever knows it, wants it not.

What is it? (Continue reading for the answer)

Religion or personal convictions regarding the subject are not the focus of this blog.  But, today’s thought is born of yesterday’s experience, one that I have slept upon and still feel equally inclined to write about.

I listened to an audiobook by Bill Nye titled “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation”  Americans growing up in the 90s will undoubtedly recognize him as the host of the PBS children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–1998).

I can’t recall ever watching the show myself, but I certainly knew the name and therefore figured it would be an interesting book to ruminate on.  At large, this was true for the many scientific ideas and questions presented. What I did not expect was his vigorous attack on religion.  I walked straight into a mental ambush.  I say “ambush” because I expected a man of his prominence to communicate with graciousness.  Rather, it was peppered with shrewd and cunning language designed to fuel the debate between religious and scientific fundamentalism, and only then, I suppose, because he knows it is not possible to completely eradicate the horn of the opposing view.

I personally believe that true science and true religion go hand in hand.  I will never argue with people of opposing views.  In fact, I can’t relate to this behavior.  I am not so ignorant as to believe that my religion (as with any other) can’t be scrutinized, probed and dissected to reveal the inconsistencies and weaknesses of man.  I am also not so ignorant as to believe that science has all the answers.  There are mysteries that will remain mysteries as long as I am alive…and long after I die.

There is much that can be learned from Mr. Nye and many like him.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for his passion and the effort he puts into his craft.  He fights for the starting job, and that’s something we can all emulate!

So here’s the answer to the riddle…

Counterfeit money

THE CHALLENGE:  How often have you been asked a riddle and after one or two guesses said, “I give up.”  Or, how often have you been the one asking the riddle and prematurely asked your participants if they give up?  It’s as if deep thought were a taboo to be shunned.  I believe you have the right to worship or believe in what you want, how you want.  My challenge, however, is that you give this subject a lifetime of thought and meditation as it very well deserves.

If we don’t have enough attention, patience, and brain power to solve an elementary riddle, then how can we confidently declare the cause of creation?  The riddle is infinitesimally small in comparison and consequence, yet there is no shortage of humanity willing to make a brisk, impulsive,  chop-chop decision and declaration on the universe and their role therein.


Photo by me
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens 135L
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/3.5
ISO Speed 250

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