By Robin Weaver
If you’re geekishly inclined (like moi), you might want to pause before you respond with a resounding “NO.” While we hardcore logical types tend to mistrust anything we can’t reduce to an equation, I ask you to consider the following:
The Reproductive Process: An egg is fertilized, cells start to divide and grow. For humans, a new member of our species is delivered nine-plus months later. Pure science, right? But exactly what drives that cell to divide? For that matter, what drives mankind to reproduce in the first place? We call it the “miracle of birth” for a reason.
** We must be the right distance from the sun.** A magnet field is required to protect us from deadly radiation.
** Water (and carbon, and a host of other stuff) must be in plentiful supply.
** An atmosphere is essential.
** We need rock; not to mention our planet must be the right size, with a molten core, and tectonic plates.
** A moon, rotating at the appropriate distance from the planet. The big, shiny object in the night sky is directly responsible for the Earth's orbital tilt angle, and thus responsible for our climate and tides. Without the Moon, Earth would wander in response to the gravitational pulls of the sun and Jupiter. Translation, no more life as we know it. In other words, we’d be Mars.
** Etc., etc., etc. While all the reasons for our planet’s habitability can be explained scientifically, the combination of unique factors that must coexist to constitute our living planet is mind-boggling. Perhaps our uniqueness is the reason we’ve found no other signs of humanoid life in this vast universe.
Falling in Love: Enough said.
Dictionary.com defines magic as:“the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.” If you substitute “invention” or “industry” for the word “incantation,” isn’t this also a definition for science?