My 7-year old picked out a book about our solar system for our bedtime story tonight. (My 22-month old was thrilled with this choice as she loves to say “Jupiter has 63 moons” every time we come to a page with Jupiter on it…though now that I type that I wonder if that is still accurate? This book was published in 1998…. hmmm…)
Anyway, when we got to the pages discussing “our place in space” I made the comment that all the galaxies in our universe are moving away from each other and that some day, billions of years from now, we might not be able to see any galaxy but our own from Earth (something we learned from Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality which I reviewed briefly HERE - it really is excellent).
“That’s why they call it a big BANG, right Mom? Like an explosion!” my son said, waving his arms around.
“Some kids at school just say ‘God made the sky.’ Why don’t they care about this stuff? It’s SO COOL.”
And that, in a nutshell, is one more reason why it’s awesome being freed from religious trappings. The magic of reality is ten thousand times more interesting and COOL than anything that can be found in religion. ~JJ
That’s so awesome.
I stared teaching my kids about science as soon as they could talk. They love watching documentaries about space and pre-historic animals with me.