Iain Dale shakes his head, quite rightly, at the supernaturalist Church of England Bishop of Carlisle who is claiming that the recent floods in England are a supernatural judgement of sorts – “We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused.” – as, no doubt, the recent flooding in Belfast was.. The Bishop has in mind the Equality Act – which other supernaturalists also complained about. No better timing, then, for this Observer article, “The new age of ignorance” and, a particular highlight, the panel of three writers, three scientists and two television presenters who were asked some scientific questions.. including, “Why is the sky blue?”, a question which left Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark somewhat confused..On a related note, the Bishop of Carlisle isn’t the only supernaturalist trying to entwine his beliefs with science.
And, on an even more closely related note, you might like to listen to the public lecture by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, linked here, on astronomy and poetry.
Oh.. and why the sky is blue.