What if…?

What if…?

Sunday, April 15, 2007
| John 20:19-31

Astronomer Neil F. Comins asks, in a series of articles published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in the 90s, “What if the Moon Didn’t Exist?” Our question: “What if the Son didn’t exist?”

“Hey Dad, what if I jumped out of the car while it was moving? What would happen?”

“Hey Mom, what if I stuck my tongue in the socket?”

“What if I only drank root beer floats for meals?”

Kids sometimes ask inane questions.

What if the Moon Didn’t Exist? But that’s not a kid’s question, it’s an astronomy book.

University of Maine science professor Neil Comins stumbled onto a teaching device from considering, or perhaps enduring, his son’s numerous “what-if” questions. He was convinced that science educators were stuck in a rut: always looking at their world from the same tired perspectives. He began to ask how “what-if” questions could become the catalyst for scientific discovery in his classroom. The result was Solon, and a number of other speculative what-if worlds.

Solon is a planet exactly like Earth but without the moon. Solon would have smaller ocean tides since the moon accounts for most high and ...












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