Professor Powell promotes a distorted view of science
To the editor:
Our Hagerstown professor (Allan Powell) promotes a distorted view of science. Science is not a body of opinions used to put down people of religious faith. Science is the application of the scientific method. Gather data, form a hypothesis and experiment to see if it conforms with present reality.
Science is limited. In order to be true science it must be falsifiable. I challenge the professor to falsify the fact that George Washington was once president of the United States. Science is not a settled opinion; science is a search for truth.
Morgan Freeman, a scientific commentator, said, “The new results of our experiments in dark matter will overturn all our previous assumptions about the universe.” Science is a branch of knowledge showing the operation of the general laws of physics and mathematics. Science is not a settled opinion. I challenge the professor to name one scientific statement outside of scientific law that is agreed upon by all scientists. No such agreement exists.
The professor is promoting scientism. It is the belief that the assumptions and methods of science are appropriate to overrule all other disciplines, including the humanities. His view postulates that science is the belief that science assumes a superior knowledge over all other branches of study. This statement is absolutely false.
I would like to challenge the professor on the subject of entropy. The professor rightly states that in the second law of thermodynamics, energy flows and is dispersed from order to disorder; from a useable to an unusable state. Since the professor believes that a totally random origin of life on earth arose purely by chance, there is no intelligent design. Tell us, professor, since the law of thermodynamics dictates that any complex organism will disintegrate from an ordered to a disordered state, how your view of the origin of the universe can defy the second law of thermodynamics.
The professor surely is a learned man but his conclusions about the use of science are not backed up by facts.
Myers certainly celebrated his birthday in style
To the editor:
Congratulations to Jack Myers, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving from an airplane at an altitude of 14,000 feet. You are certainly an inspiration to the old and the young, not only here in Washington County, but everywhere. Washington County is proud to claim you as its very own.
I’m a mere 71 myself. I told my 76-year-old wife that I’m not sure what I’ll do to celebrate my big NINE-OH. She said, “One thing’s for sure, you won’t be jumping from an airplane. You’re afraid to go higher than the second step on a stepladder.”
To which I replied, “Well, maybe, just maybe, they’ll let me jump out of the plane while it’s still sitting on the runway.”
“They’ll be lucky if they even get you to sit in the airplane, let alone fly or jump,” she said.
No matter what I do to celebrate, it will be nowhere near what Jack did. That had to be scary, but very exciting at the same time.
A belated happy birthday, Jack Myers, with a wish for many, many more. We seniors need you around to show the rest of us how it’s done.