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08/14/2013 07:04 pm ET | Updated Oct 14, 2013

New Scientific Evidence Proves the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Gotcha, but what if it were true? How would it change your opinions? How would it change your outlook on life? Would you convert to Pastafarianism? Or, would you hold steadfast to your current faith or lack thereof? Would you want to see the evidence with your own eyes, and if you did would you even believe it? Would you seek to test it yourself?

You are not alone. For Thomas words were not enough. He asked for proof and the question--the demand for proof--was compelling enough to warrant a scientific demonstration: Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

Even God understands proof.

It is appropriate to seek evidence and it is also equally appropriate to form our opinions and ideas around it, to be mutable in our thinking and able to evaluate our observations of the Universe. The scientific discipline is devoted to this task, so when you read the headline, "New Scientific Evidence Proves the Flying Spaghetti Monster," it carries an entirely different meaning than, "The Flying Spaghetti Monster is Real." One makes a bold claim, and the other makes the same bold claim but intends to back it up with observable evidence.

Science news is important. I would go so far to say that Science is the most important vertical here at The Huffington Post, or in any publication. The most obscure bit of under reported science news can have cosmic ramifications dwarfing the sauciest of over reported political scandals. Higgs boson, anyone?

Just last week HuffPost Science reported on the sequencing of the Y chromosomes of men from seven global populations that discovered a possible common genetic ancestor for all modern human males, similar--though not as blatant--as the mitochondrial lineage of all women. In the midst of the ongoing religion-versus-science argument both sides acknowledge and understand the gravity of this discovery. It is important in of itself.

Some commenters--compelled to find some middle ground I suppose--insist this discovery is unimportant, and that it has no ultimate impact on our daily lives and is without profit. Yet, it does. It impacts our day to day perspective just like images from the Hubble Extreme Deep Field demonstrate our ultimate smallness in this accelerating Universe.

While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with profiting from science, to evaluate research based exclusively on its profit potential is to strip away that intrinsic value to the human condition. Knowledge, comprehension, and perception are a few of the vital things elevating us above the sum of our parts. They contribute to what we perceive as the human soul. They help make you You.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson said that, "To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of bullshit," not because you may know the answer, but because you know how to ask the right questions.

Inborn curiosity is what makes us human. We should freely exercise that for its own sake.

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