Thursday, January 03, 2008

I Can See For Miles And Miles

The astronomical observatory that has been part of Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, for more than 75 years [is being dismantled]. The Pope needs more room to receive diplomats so the telescopes have to go. Benedict is far less receptive to what scientists want to tell him than his recent predecessors. He has, for example, spoken in favour of intelligent design, in flat contradiction of the views of the observatory's former director.

Sixteenth century here we come, when the human eye was the measure of all things cosmic.


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