RE: [asa] YEC sub-group & fiction

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Sat Jan 24 2009 - 12:00:19 EST


By “literally create” I was referring to the creation of fiction. I am certainly for creativity in the study of Nature. I have tried that as a scientist. Let us not forget what Nobel Prize-winner Niels Bohr once said to a young physicist, “Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.”

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) []
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 11:43 AM
To: Alexanian, Moorad
Cc: Merv Bitikofer;
Subject: Re: [asa] YEC sub-group & fiction

On 1/24/09, Alexanian, Moorad <> wrote:
> Dear John,
> There are many of us that TV is C-SPAN, History Channel, Military Channel,
> News Channels ( often, FOXNEWS) , Discovery Channel, National Geographic,
> etc. What do you make of these people?

My own TV is 90% the news, TCM movies and the new MLB channel. Some of
the channels above are OK -- but so many commercials! So I don't know
much about them or their viewers.

> I just read "The Shack" but still I
> am totally sold on C.S. Lewis.

Likewise. THE SHACK was sort of interesting -- but the ideas there
were not new (to me). CS Lewis's THE GREAT DIVORCE is my favorite.

> I believe reality is much more interesting that what the human
> mind can literally create.

Not sure what you mean here. "literally create?" I was speaking of
flights of fancy, where things that could never be could still be
imagined. Such dreams CAN lead to later realities.

> After all my parents were survivors of the
> Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks, which sets a measure of what is
> important and what is less so. Knowing that many of your uncles, aunts, and
> your two grandfathers were killed even before you were born is quite raw
> reality.

My own ancestor escaped the killings at St Bartholomew's so that's
part of my histoy too -- a little farther back than yours, of course.
Your comment reminded me of my own upbringing by parents who were
always aware of the less fortunate. "Remember the starving Armenians"
was drummed into my head long before I could understand what it meant.

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