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"Belief" in Facts?

The following review of My Name Is Stardust was posted by a reader this month:

“This book is an amazing story for those searching for answers as to where they came from. This story takes place through a nine-year-old girl’s eyes, as this is her belief. Even though this is not my belief, it is well written…”

The review doesn’t specify exactly which concepts in the book are “beliefs” that aren’t shared, but here are our assumptions based on the core concepts that are taught in the book:

We Are Stardust

This idea is the central theme of the book and is the concept that inspired Bailey to write it. Here are some of our favorite quotes and references with regards to this scientific fact:

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life—the same star stuff.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

“We are, in fact, made from the stars. Our atoms were forged in the interior of ancient stars that ended their lives in spectacular paroxysms of supernova explosions that dispersed those atoms into space, where they coalesced into new solar systems with planets, life, and sentient beings capable of such sublime knowledge and moral wisdom.” Michael Shermer, The Moral Arc

NASA: NuStar Finds New Clues to 'Chameleon Supernova'

International Business Times: Revealed! 97% of human body is made up of stardust!

Science Nordic: Different supernovae formed our early Solar System

Evolution

Four of our page spreads are dedicated to evolution education:

  1. Simple single-celled organisms evolved into all of the plants and animals on Earth today.
  2. Tiktaalik was an ancient fish that shows how fish evolved into animals that walk on land, like crocodiles.
  3. Purgatorius was a small mammal that lived 65 million years ago, soon after dinosaurs became extinct, that evolved into all later mammals.
  4. Lucy was one of the first apelike animals that walked upright much like we humans do now.

It is unfortunate that science-deniers are still pushing an agenda that claims that evolution is merely a “belief.” Evolution is clearly a fact. Here are some quotes regarding this:

“Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact...That didn't have to be true. It is not self-evidently, tautologically, obviously true, and there was a time when most people, even educated people, thought it wasn't. It didn't have to be true, but it is....Evolution is the only game in town, the greatest show on earth.” Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth

“Evolution is a theory, and it’s a theory that you can test. We’ve tested evolution in many ways. You can’t present good evidence that says evolution is not a fact.” Bill Nye

“Evolution as such is no longer a theory for a modern author. It is as much a fact as that the Earth revolved around the Sun.” Ernst Mayr

“Some claim evolution is just a theory. As if it were merely an opinion. The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened. Accepting our kinship with all life on Earth is not only solid science. In my view, it’s also a soaring spiritual experience.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson

It is important for the scientifically educated populace to help spread the beautiful, important truths in science to those who would dismiss important scientific facts as mere “beliefs.” Facts such as evolution, gravity, and the germ theory of disease are extremely different from “beliefs” in things such as Bigfoot, magic, and aliens.

Cheers!

Douglas Harris (@doughded)

Author, My Name Is Stardust www.mynameisstardust.com

 

 

 


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