An Object Lesson for the Credulous

I admit it. When I was a younger boy, uh, man, I used to believe all sorts of things that I don’t particularly believe now. Let’s not get into details. (Monday I talked about one example.)

Now, I pride myself on my skepticism. Still, some things are just difficult to explain or maybe just weird. Stonehenge is a classic case. Those images that appear on the occasional tortilla are another.

How did those Druids move those giant stones hundreds of miles? How did they pick them up and set them upright? Could they levitate? Did aliens help? No, as it turns out it probably was just some clever people. I hate it when that happens.

Does that mean Ezekiel did not see a UFO?

This video is cool, but if you really want to do some thinkin’ and figurin’ go to Richard Dawkins’s site and watch the video on the creation of his “Foundation for Reason and Science.” “The enlightenment is under threat,” writes Dawkins. “So is reason. So is truth. So is science, especially in the schools of America.”

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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