I just thought about the movie Contact and the fact that, at the time, I thought the importance granted to religion was too important, unrealistic, that it couldn’t possibly happen like that nowadays, that even in the United States religion could not have so much influence over government. In 2003. At a time when Bush can go on a holy war. So it looks like I’m capable of being optimistic sometimes. (Or maybe I was that much younger when I first saw the movie?) Can you imagine what would happen if Bush was in charge of dealing with a mathematical message from outer space? No, neither can I. All I know is we’d be screwed.