Why Do Cats Purr?
by Thor Jensen
"Unsolved scientific mysteries don’t have to be large-scale questions about the nature of the universe. They can be closer to home – such as the centuries-long investigation into why cats purr. The soft rumbling noise is typically made as an expression of happiness and contentment, but cats also emit the sound when they’re upset or recovering from injury. There’s even a special purr that they make when they’re wanting to be fed. Even more puzzling is how they purr – there’s no specific organ that makes the sound, and the best theory we have is that it’s a result of contractions of the larynx around the vocal [chords]."
And there are naturally many more unsolved mysteries in this world, starting with the origins of all that compressed matter that supposedly erupted, via a mysteriously caused Big Bang, into everything in the universe. (No word on where space came from.) This photo essay takes an intriguing look at just a few of those mysteries, from human fingerprints and the distribution of prime numbers to to the existence of gravity and free will.
So here's my question: How is it that so many people -- a growing minority, if surveys are to be believed, including a grand proportion of the intelligentsia -- are trusting their eternities to the word of scientists who don't even have a clue how cats purr? We're talking about the most critical whodunit of our lives -- and the atheists' bumbling Hercules Poirots are turning a blind eye to the obvious Suspect. If you're looking for the solution, don't go to the end of the book; you'll find it thoroughly explained in the very first sentence, AKA Genesis 1:1.
Adapted from an 11/26/13 post.