Ponders Baptist Church - online
ready always to give an answer to every man that asks
Do you recall Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Do you recall
how the media responded to the detection of “black box
pings”? This is what I wrote on April 8th of 2014 three
days after the pings were “detected”:
“This week the news outlets are strongly implying that
flight recorder beacons have been detected.
“I don’t know whether they have or not, but it doesn’t
seem likely for a number of reasons. The most important
reason is that the detection would need to be directly over
the crash site because the depth of the ocean is close to
the limit of beacon reception.”
Fifty days later later, CNN reported:
“Authorities now almost universally believe the pings did
not come from the onboard data or cockpit voice recorders,
but instead came from some other man-made source
unrelated to the jetliner that disappeared on March 8,
according to Michael Dean, the Navy’s deputy director of
How did I know before everyone else?
I didn’t. The views of those who consider all the evidence
rationally rather than emotionally are usually shot out of
the sky before they ever get a hearing.
In addition, I have some experience in this sort of thing. I
know all about how scientists portray certain ideas to the
public through the media, and I’ve watched in amazement
for many decades.
It started like this:
In 1962, my first book about science showed a large map of
the surface of Mars. On that map, one could clearly see
canal-like features. In fact the long, straight lines on the
map were even labeled canals. It was strongly implied that
these were not random features, but rather designed by
If you look up Martian canal on Wikipedia, you’ll find this
in the first sentence:
“For a time in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was
erroneously believed that there were canals on Mars.”
That’s not true. The scientific persistence of Martian canals
extended well into the second half of the 20th century, and
there’s a reason for that. Further, that reason illustrates
a very important point about what people believe about
everything and why they believe it.
This is critical to understand.
No one ever saw a canal on Mars because they weren’t
there to see. Astronomers wanted to see canals because
it fit their version of the evolutionary past. Before Darwin,
no one saw canals. After Darwin, everyone saw canals.
They believed this presupposition so strongly that they
actually saw things that weren’t there. Other scientists
uncritically accepted the existence of alien life on Mars
because it fit the growing body of non-existent evidence.
In the mid-1970’s, an enormous amount of money was
spent on the Viking Landers to prove the existence of
Martian life. They proved the opposite. There was no
life on Mars. There were no canals. There weren’t even
Remarkably, attempts to prove that Martians were real
accelerated in the following decades.
All attempts failed completely.
If that’s not stunning enough, in modern times many large
universities now offer degrees in astrobiology.
There is no astrobiology.
Do you understand why there is no astrobiology? Do you
understand why a university would grant a degree in
something that isn't there?