I’m so glad we still have books. I saw an article in the paper about voters in Dover, PA who ousted eight of their school board members for trying to replace the theory of evolution with a better theory, or rather a “belief that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power”. That’s exactly how I feel about the car, the microwave, WiFi (that one really kills me), GPS, our clock that resets itself. I don’t understand how anything works.

Complexity is everywhere dumbfounding people. Try finding your way around Boston. Google “gravity images” and see what you get. Talk to the ants in my garden. Try to get your HMO to pay a bill. Figure out how Congress works. Suck a tidbit of DNA out of your spit, throw it in the blender with your dog’s toenail and see if you can cook up another species. I found out recently at a physics lecture that I might be living on a membrane in some weird spatial place. I cannot even begin to understand that I live like a water droplet on a shower curtain of bulk space. I don’t even understand what I just said. So yes, the Universe is complex.

Would we rather have it dull, stupid, and interrupted every four minutes by commercial messages from some guy who thinks that “feminism encourages women to “kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians”, and as well that we should assassinate the president of Venezuela and blow up the State Department with a nuclear device? This was Pat Robertson’s take on things at one point. Talk about complexity! In his world I’d have to wear a bra every day, never visit Venezuela, dig a bomb shelter, provide counseling to my feminist friends so their children could live long enough to experience a world without oil, and as for the witchcraft…..well, I don’t know if I’m emotionally stable enough to give up my candles or the incantations I learned from the Harry Potter books.

Sometimes I question just how intelligent of a design this really is. What idiot would make a planet brimming with bio-diversity, where all species depend on one another for balance, yet give a big brain to only one species? I’d have given everybody a seat at the table. Imagine having to negotiate with the trees when you want to destroy the rain forest to make kitchen tables.

In the article I read Robertson is reported to have said, “God is tolerant and loving, but we can’t keep sticking our finger in his eye forever.” Yeah we can. In fact I believe it’s why we exist. We got the big brains for a reason and given enough time we might really come to understand the universe and our place in it.

Robertson said. “If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them.” Earth to Pat, Darwin’s dead. But we still have books.