I’ve been watching Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey — not on Fox (against my faith) but on the National Geographic channel. (The first episode is downloadable on the site.) Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; exec produced by Seth McFarlane. At least once a year everyone needs to lie down on a blanket on a clear night and just stare at the stars. (Straight is better but ripped is okay.) How many civilizations have flourished and died out there? Cultures and worlds that created technological wonders and works of amazing art, and then perished due to natural cosmic forces or (like us) via self-destruction by poisoning their planet and gradually making life less and less sustainable? How many hundreds or thousands of civilizations similar to our own have gone through this process? You want an intelligent answer? Ask a right-wing Christian.