“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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