Friday, November 4, 2011

A new game - Scientheology

I've invented a new game inspired by the quote I posted yesterday. I call it Scientheology.

For those who missed it, this was the quote from an article on overpopulation:
I love the old biblical statement from Isiah [sic] - 'all flesh is grass'. That's actually a brilliant statement because it summarises the basic truth that we are only here on Earth because we can trap the energy in sunlight and turn it into something of use to us. And the best way of trapping the energy of sunlight, virtually the only way we've got, is to use chlorophyll - the green stuff in plants - to turn the solar energy into a plant which we can eat or harvest and do what we like with. So ultimately our future depends on the ability of the Earth to trap that solar energy, and for a plant to grow, it needs water.

- Professor Roger Short, University of Melbourne
Scientheology involves taking a verse or section of Scripture and applying it through an exlusively scientific lense.

Today's challenge is Revelation 3:16 'So, because you are lukewarm–nethier hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.'

Will you take up the Scientheology challenge? Can you explain how the thermal qualities of food apply to the Christian life. Perhaps you have knowledge of the mechanisms by which humans expel substances from their mouth.


  1. Ah, procrastination...
    Since spitting is generally an intentional action (unless you have an involuntary disorder that causes you to spit without meaning to, like tourette syndrome), you're probably looking more for the reason for spitting rather than the mechanisms (though if you wanted, perhaps being lukewarm reduces the ability to tell that anything is in the mouth, if it has no taste, perhaps similar to anesthetic at the dentist and increased rates of drooling...)
    Reasons for spitting things out are usually because it tastes/feels bad (not thermal), because it's not meant to be there (like finding a bone in fish), or because it's too hot and you need to prevent further injury from scalding.
    So to spit something out that is lukewarm, I'd lean toward the unpleasantness of the sensation, or that it has cooled down too much so that it is no longer pleasant (like tea), or no longer has the characteristics that it should (e.g. on a hot day, I'd tip out a cup of water that had warmed up in the air, in favour of a more refreshing, cold drink), in which case, could you link this verse back to Matthew 5:13 - "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."?

  2. A great effort Ally. I am suitably informed/bored.

  3. That's the whole point of scien-theology! It's important, yet entirely irrelevant information.