Jupiter has only 12 moons

There was a time, long ago, but not so long ago, that science had taught me a great discovery. My favorite planet of the solar system, Jupiter, had twelve satellites around it, of which Europa was (and is) my favorite. I studied it closely on the glossy pages. It had patterns and colors I never knew existed and it sparked my imagination of interplanetary travel. Back then I didn't question the fact of the number 12. It seemed amazing enough to me, and since it was stated in my Encyclopedia Britannica, I had no reason to doubt its claim. Science was not about art or myth. It was about facts, and facts were as hard as stone as much as words could be. The year was 1976 and I was 9 years old.

Fast forward to 2016. Jupiter's moons have obviously been busy procreating in space, for now there are 67 of them orbiting the gas giant! What changed? I wondered. Did we not have powerful telescopes back then? Certainly there has to be a very good reason for the adjustment of facts. For if I were to now go around school vehemently professing that Jupiter only has 12 moons, I would certainly be scorned and treated like a lunatic! But how can I reconcile this in my mind? Science, the great leveler of playing fields, is not to be doubted. Science provides facts, simple as that. Science, as scientists say, is better than religion or faith in an invisible God. To say otherwise would be blasphemous! And yet, let the earth go around the sun 20 or so times, and we will have new facts replacing old facts. Indeed, the facts that we know today will certainly be replaced by new facts in the future. It's empirically inevitable.

Ah, but I am ignorant. Or am I? This article, so far, is all tongue-and-cheek. I know the nature of science is to constantly test its own theories to disprove old ideas. Good scientists, I mean the ones not full of the pride of their discoveries, know that their proofs are only as good as the data and theoretical models that are available at any given time. So why must I go on an rant? It's actually for a very logical reason. I am, for lack of a better word, a spiritualist. I believe in God and an existence beyond the physical. No wait. I don't believe that actually. I -know- that God exists and that there's a place beyond this world we live in. Can I prove it? Nope. Have I experienced such things? Yep.

This is the struggle between science and faith. At work, I'm an analyst... an IT manager and guru. I see physical patterns of behaviors in machines and fix or code them to do certain tasks. That's the 'manager' side of me. I rely on replication to do my work. I rely on the observations of myself and others to repair and organize operations. But anyone that I work with will tell you of the magic that I have over the machines. They will call me in at any point for some trouble they are having. And before they take their equipment and throw it out the window, they ask if I could come remedy their issue. So I walk over to their working space, and suddenly the computer starts behaving. The network begins to flow again. They look up at me and ask, "How do you do that?" I jokingly explain that computers are my children and they know to behave when I'm around. But other than the calm and organized energetic aura that I bring into their space, I have no other explanation. It doesn't happen every time, but it happens enough to make it notable. I've even been given an honorary Dr. status by former fellow employees to show their appreciation for my magical skill.

But herein lies a problem. Science is all about the physical world. It measures and repeats to give credence to its validity. Unseen energy, on the other hand, is ever-changing. It is created and manipulated in the mind, somehow organized by our intelligence and experience. For those of us who are well-tuned into the energetic flow, we can influence others and things around us in ways that science hasn't even begun to encounter. Yet, science will be the first to discount things that don't follow the principles of the scientific method. Whether it be astrology, Tarot cards, or even energy medicine like homeopathy or reiki, science will spend countless electrons and currency trying to defame the benefits of those who practice it.

What I hope to do is propose a truce.

I love science. It brings possible explanations to light on a variety of subjects. But it is not an end-all, be-all. The world is much too evolutionary for that. Science may one day see the light of God's love and explain it in equations and postulations. Faith, and those who adhere to it with prayer, have just as much to bring to society. Those of us who toil in belief, fantasy and things that are not provable in physical terms are capable of imaginations that enhance the human mind. Sometimes I see a shooting star and imagine that God sent it to me to help answer a question that I put in my mind. It puts me at peace, therefore it has value. Sometimes I see a shooting star and wonder about the piece of space rock that just tried to enter the atmosphere. I envision the principles of speed, distance and friction to calculate illumination and wonder at the marvel of the Universe. As long as I keep one foot in the school of thought, and the other grounded in faith, I know I will move forward in balance. And that, my dear friend, is a wonderful goal.

How wonderful that Jupiter has twelve moons, and that it has grown to sixty-seven. Kind of like my birth month and year, 12/67. I think I will contemplate on that coincidence a bit.