6th December 2020
This is, it seems, a time when we are at risk of losing our connection to the cosmos. A time when what little window on the universe urban light pollution has left us will soon be lost to projects like Elon Musk’s Starlink. A time when it is so rare to look up that when we do we see things so alien that we can only describe them as, well, alien.
It is a time when space exploration has gone from being seen as the expansion of human frontiers to a neo-colonial scramble for resources. A time when Star Trek has gone from "wagon train to the stars" to a dystopian nightmare. A time when dreams of growing up to become an astronaut seems as outdated as those of wanting to be a cowboy.
A time when, in science, cosmology has gone from the search for our place in the universe to a maths-heavy subdivision of astrophysics. And, in pseudoscience, the claim "space is fake" no longer seems to occupy the far reaches of the extremeness spectrum where it belongs. So it is that Skeptics in the Pub – Online invites Dr. Jo Marchant for some much needed cosmic couple’s counselling.
Following Thursday’s event, with the cosmos set to rights, both Skeptics in the Pub - Online and ourselves will be going on our much needed 2020 Winterval break. So, until we return in the New Year, with an exciting lineup of skeptical events, enjoy your time off by suspending your critical thinking, disregarding science and believing whatever the hell you want.
Happy Holidays (and Merry Christmas) from Cambridge Skeptics