Pat Robertson: Not a Rocket Scientist

If ever there was a perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, it’s Pat Robertson thinking he’s qualified to speak on astrobiology. On the 700 Club this week, he decided to tell NASA that they’re wasting their time looking for life on other planets.

Pat Robertson on Wednesday called on NASA to stop spending time and money exploring other planets because he said that God’s only “experiment” with life was on Earth.

“Folks, I want to tell you something,” Robertson told viewers of The 700 Club. “They talk about life on other planets. In my opinion, there’s nothing but gaseous balls and barren rocks up in space. That’s all that’s there.”

“This planet is where God has got an experiment in what he wants to have accomplished,” he continued. “But somehow, people want to spend a lot of money to go to Mars! I don’t want to think that Mars is someplace I want to visit, and it would take a lot of money to get there!”

“But nevertheless, our government, our NASA is exploring new horizons.”

Yeah, nevertheless. Can you believe NASA is listening to actual scientists and not to a TV evangelist con man? Just shocking. What is this world coming to? It just goes to show how Muslim pagan secularist witches have taken over the country and are preparing to throw Christians in the FEMA camps.

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  • llewelly

    Pat, why did God create all those gaseous balls and barren rocks if people (who can’t live there) are so important?

  • dingojack

    “I don’t want to think that Mars is someplace I want to visit, and it would take a lot of money to get there!”

    So Patty doesn’t want to think that Mars is somewhere he’d want to go, he doesn’t dare even consider it. And why? Because the he’d have to use a rocket fuelled by greenbacks.

    Dingo

    ———

    And what if we discover life on Mars, Ceres, Europa or even Kepler 186 f (or whatever) — what then Patty?

  • U Frood

    Maybe some animals got to Mars in the same way the Kangaroos got to Australia from the ark.

  • colnago80

    This sort of denial is common amongst creationists. There used to be a schmuck calling himself JonS who occasionally commented over at Jason Rosenhouse’s blog. This clown was a YEC who maintained that there was no life of any kind elsewhere in the universe. I wonder what these clowns will do if there is an unmanned probe sent to Europa which lowers a TV camera into an opening in the ice into the liquid water ocean underneath and discovers something that looks like a shark swimming around?

  • teawithbertrand

    This has always been religion’s message to science. Give up. Don’t bother. Just be content to live in ignorance like us. And above all, don’t ever question our flimsy little dogmatic belief system.

  • Nemo

    I love it when they make falsifiable claims like this.

    It’s true, though — Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it’s cold as hell.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    a TV evangelist con man

    This phrase brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department which has provided the expression.

  • lldayo

    Don’t spend the time and money searching for life elsewhere when we can use those resources to destroy life here instead!

  • John Pieret

    “It frightens me to think of the state of learning in the world if everybody had your driving sense of curiosity.” – Henry Drummond

  • moarscienceplz

    Wait a minute. I thought it was already settled science that the stars and planets are little lights carried on crystal spheres. Is Robertson trying to tell us that science has evolved?

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    @ 10

    No, no, not even wrong. There is one opaque sphere with a bunch of tiny holes that lets the light of Heaven shine through to us, giving us hope for eternal life.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    You gotta give the Crypt Keeper credit for one thing: he is a True Christian ™.

  • Trebuchet

    @Nemo: I’m somewhat surprised it took six posts for someone to do that. And I’m glad you did, so I wouldn’t have to.

    Pat Robertson: Is he senile, or just an idiot. (Spoiler: It can be both!)

  • caseloweraz

    Robertson: “But somehow, people want to spend a lot of money to go to Mars! I don’t want to think that Mars is someplace I want to visit, and it would take a lot of money to get there!”

    This perfectly echoes the statement of a teenaged girl (pretty sure I mentioned it before) about anthropology: “I don’t believe early man lived in a swamp because . . . I wouldn’t want to live in a swamp.”

    Robertson, meet your better half. I mean, the girl isn’t being paid to say this stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    Why does an all-knowing, all-powerful being need to experiment?

    Also, the Bible has NOTHING to say one way or the other about life on other planets. Robertson must have direct access to the mind of his God to be so confident here. And they call atheists and skeptics arrogant!

    Incidentally, I’m reminded of the Bible’s failure to mention trans-gender people; why can’t fundies shut up about them? I wonder.

  • dingojack

    Kamaka – this fellow?

    Dingo

  • peterh

    Every time Robertson gets quoted my jaw drops. The man is clearly delusional on everything.

  • catbutler

    Hey–to be fair no one has found blood diamonds on Mars so Pat has no profit motive here.

  • Michael Heath

    The attributes of the god of the Bible don’t fit the observable universe. Therefore avoid investigating the observable universe since all those discoveries has the god of the Bible descending further into oblivion. Currently it’s so impotent it can’t even reveal its existence. Not that Brahma’s faring all that well.

  • komarov

    U Frood, #3:

    Maybe some animals got to Mars in the same way the Kangaroos got to Australia from the ark.

    Interesting. Very interesting, indeed. All we’d need to do is find some transitional fossils of early kangaroo tortoises, i.e. a kangaroo well on its way to developing a shell – or heat shield. We shouldn’t expect to find a fully evolved specimen on Earth, of course, seeing how they left for other planets. Likewise they couldn’t have ended up on the Moon since these extraordinary creatures would still depend on an atmosphere for aerobreaking.

    Study of their adaptations for the long interplanetary journey could prove very useful in our own efforts to cross space. The the spacegoing planethopping kangaroo tortoise could also teach us much about navigation and propulsion in orbit and beyond.

    I shall assemble a research group just as soon as I get my grant money.

  • whheydt

    Hmmm…. My wife once had to help a rocket scientist… She was doing a temp stint at the LBL Space Sciences Lab. One of the researchers came to her with an MS Word problem and said, “I know this isn’t rocket science, I’m a rocket scientist.”

    (The difference from Robertson being that the actual rocket scientist knew when something *wasn’t* rocket science and went to ask someone who might have some expertise in the subject matter to help her. Robertson, apparently, doesn’t know when something *isn’t* a matter of religion and tries to bluff his way through the issue as if it is.)

  • dingojack