Science Lesson

197ACA4C-F38F-4391-AE62-42299170F471“We were learning about atoms today is science class,” Steven told his father. “We learned about the nucleus, which is made up of protons and neurons, and about the electrons, which orbit around the nucleus.”

“Uh huh,” his father said, without looking up from his newspaper.

“You know what it reminded me of?” Steven asked.

“Uh uh,” his father absently responded.

“It reminded me of the sun and the planets orbiting around it, with the sun as the nucleus and the planets as the electrons.”

Sam looked up from his newspaper for the first time. “That’s a good analogy, son,” he said.

“Dad, with all of the planets and stars out there in the universe, with all of the solar systems and constellations, do you think there’s intelligent life on any other than besides our own?”

“I expect that at some point, astrophysicists will discover that there is intelligent life on other planets, son.”

“My science teacher said that they once thought they had discovered a planet with intelligent life forms on it, and that we tried to make contact with those life forms, but it turned out the scientists were wrong,” Steven said.

“Yes, that was thousands of years ago on a planet called Earth,” his father said. “But how intelligent could those life forms have been if they knowingly destroyed their own home planet? The planet Earth was declared to be a dead planet centuries ago.”


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8 thoughts on “Science Lesson

  1. James Pyles August 9, 2018 / 8:40 am

    I recently read an article stating that if the Earth’s global temperature reaches a tipping point, it will continue to become a “hothouse” forever, even if humanity goes extinct. This is one of the theories behind Venus (not that intelligent life was ever on that planet), and that somehow circumstances changed what may have once been a habitable world into the hellhole it is today.

    On the other hand, I’ve thought that if humanity goes go extinct, or merely goes through a major reduction in population such that our society returns to a pre-industrial base, that the planet would eventually recover.

    The bottom line (says my cynical side) is that as long as there is money to be made in carbon emissions, we’ll have carbon emissions.

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  2. rugby843 August 9, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Hello Fandango! I am challenging you to the Finish the Story by the Haunted Wordsmith. You can see the rules and details here: https://rugby843.blog. I hope you decide to participate. Looking forward to your addition.☺️

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    • Fandango August 9, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      I just posted part 3 a bit ago. I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. Irene August 9, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I thought the “neurons” were going to have something to do with the intelligent forms, but I’m guessing it was just auto-spell?

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  4. Sight11 August 9, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Ever wonder what the humans desire most, well greed is the hint…

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