I find it incredibly interesting that some (if not all) of the most popular devices and technology of this century, and the last, often utilize the exact same scientific principles used to:
- Determine the age of the universe
- Determine the age of the earth
- Disprove various aspects of the creation story
- Prove microevolution
- Prove the Big Bang Theory
The scientific principles are so inherent in the design and functionality of some popular technologies that they literally would not work without them. Therefore, this message is for those who believe the creation story, and/or that the earth is only 6000 years old, and/or that microevolution is still debatable and not proven, etc. (I’d like to generalize by saying all biblical accounts, but there are just so many that have nothing to do with science or facts). If you are a person described by the beliefs I’ve just mentioned, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION!
Ultimately, it is hypocritical and illogical to deny the validity of a particular science for your own agenda and then use it for another. Therefore, I’d like to present a list of technologies you should stop using immediately:
Cell Phones: Cell phones use radio waves for transmission and reception. This technology is the same as that used on the Hubble telescope to see into the vastness of space. The Hubble Telescope has helped us to accurately determine the age of the universe. Side Note: you can stop using your radio and wireless router, too.
GPS (Global Positioning Satellite): The GPS in your car communicates with multiple geosynchronous (Thanks Daniel Clements and Tim Rowe) satellites orbiting earth. The difference in velocity and gravitational force experienced by the satellites is so great that the theory of relativity must be taken into account. If the theory of relativity was not applied, your GPS would actually put you an average of 10km (6 miles) away from your intended destination (per day!). The theory of relativity also predicted that the universe was not static, but expanding (or contracting; Einstein didn’t know at first); a hypothesis that was later verified by Edwin Hubble. (Thank you Guillaume Laurent for the correction).
Microwaves: Your microwave oven uses actual microwaves (from the electromagnetic spectrum) to cook food. We have a relatively good understanding of the behavior of these waves and can detect them easily and accurately. They also appear as background radiation in outer space left over from the Big Bang. This background microwave radiation makes up two percent of the black and white static old televisions used to have! If you do not agree with the Big Bang Theory, please forgo using your microwave oven in the future.
Refrigerators: I’ll admit, this one is a stretch, but based on the absolute appalling misuse of the laws of thermodynamics to “scientifically prove” the creation/anti-evolution agenda, please kindly stop using your fridge, air conditioner, humidifier, pool heater (if applicable), and all technologies which are designed on the principles of thermodynamics. You may, however, continue to cook over a fire. As an additional punishment to Canadian creationists, please also stop using hockey rinks that are kept cold by industrial chillers.
Speed Measuring Devices: The hand held devices used to measure the speed of a baseball pitch, slap shot, or car as it speeds past a traffic cop use a phenomenon called the Doppler effect. If you have ears (that work) you’ve experienced this shift with cars, horns, trains, and almost anything that makes noise as it moves past you. The change in pitch as something approaches and passes the observer is called the Doppler shift (or effect). This applies to light as well. Light from moving stars and galaxies can be red or blue shifted; depending on if those stars and galaxies are moving away or towards us, respectively. This is exactly what Edwin Hubble noticed when he realized the universe was not static, but constantly changing – and suggests strong evidence for the Big Bang theory.
Please also stop using 50% of all electrical devices in your house if you live in Ontario (16% for all other parts of Canada and 20% if you live in the USA). Statistically speaking, nuclear power makes up 50% of the electricity produced and distributed in Ontario. Nuclear Energy theory is based on isotope half lives; which is the principle used for radio-isotope dating of fossils, rocks, various earth strata, moon rocks, etc. Side note for Americans: Please stop using all nuclear powered submarines, and dismantle all of your nuclear warheads as well. If you don’t trust radio-isotope dating, you do not reserve the right to use this technology elsewhere.
Radio-Isotope Cancer Detection and Treatment: Similar to the point mentioned above, if you don’t believe the earth and fossils can be accurately dated using radio-isotopes – or that the method is somehow flawed, inaccurate, or bias – please refrain from detecting and/or treating any cancer with techniques that take advantage of this technology.
X-Rays: Normally used to detect cavities in teeth or determine the extent of a broken bone, X-Ray dosage is calculated by radiologists who use quantum mechanics to ensure you don’t receive an overdose of energy. Quantum mechanics also help us to understand particle and energy interaction all the way back to 10E-19 seconds after the Big Bang singularity. It is also how astrophysicists have theorized the detection of black holes.
Vaccinations (of any kind): If you somehow manage to hold the belief that evolution (specifically microevolution) is wrong, please never again take another vaccination for the prevention of disease. Lab scientists track gene mutations in viruses. As these viruses mutate, old vaccines become useless for eradicating the newer species of viruses. Instead, new vaccines must be created and manufactured to combat them. These genetic mutations are exactly described by microevolution (in fact, they help prove it). Side Note: you may continue to pray to god for health. No comment on the effectiveness, but the price is right! Side Note: as per a comment discussion with James McLaren, please do not limit your children from vaccines until they are old enough to think for themselves and make their own decisions. Until that point, I would prefer you blindly follow the science for their sake.
Potable Water: If, at this point, you still do not believe in evolution, please stop drinking potable water. The drinkable di-hydrogen oxide (H20) coming through your taps has been filtered using ion-exchange (described by quantum physics), UV radiation (quantum mechanics), and purified using chlorine saturation to ensure all viruses and bacteria have died. It is then laboratory tested (periodically) to ensure no viruses have evolved to handle the levels of chlorine. All of these technologies have helped to demonstrate various biblical inaccuracies.
Solar Panels: any solar panel that uses photovoltaics is now off limits to you. The photoelectric effect is also described by quantum mechanics. Since most Americans agree there is no climate concern, nor energy crisis, most of the USA shouldn’t have a problem relinquishing this technology. No word on how many Americans actually use dual-power calculators, but I imagine there won’t even be a fight.
There you have it, the list so far! I know some of you will find a few of them a bit of a stretch, but I really had fun putting this together. I searched for a similar list on Google and came up with nothing closely related; so this may be entirely original. Who could ask for more than that! With that said, if you noticed that I’ve missed a common technology, please feel free to write it in the comments and I will happily add it. Thanks for reading!!