A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Blow 'global warming' and nuclear power - this is the real question of the hour.....

Who cares about 'global warming', wind farms, nuclear power, GM crops, organic nosh, and all that tosh. There is only one question currently gripping our minds:

How could Princess Leia say that she remembered her mother, whom we now know to have died giving birth to Luke and his twin sister? In the Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker asks Princess Leia about their mother. Here is the dialogue:
"Leia, do you remember your mother? Your real mother?"
"Just a little bit. She died when I was very young."
"What do you remember?"
"Just images, really, feelings."
"Tell me."
"She was...very beautiful. Kind but...sad. Why are you asking me this?"
"I have no memory of my mother. I never knew her."

Inconsistent, perhaps - or, with the Jedi blood in the female line, did she see, or sense, her mother, which even Luke could not? Perhaps, she looked down on her mother from the hands of the nursing droid at the very moment when Padmé died. After all, Leia senses: "Just images, really, feelings." Female sensitivity and intuition? Or fantasy self story-telling? A mighty mystery, indeed.

And just in case you need to know:

1. Shmi Skywalker gives birth to Anakin Skywalker parthenogenetically by the Force working on the Midi-chlorians;
2. Shmi, who is a slave on Tatooine (first to Gardulla the Hutt and then to the Toydarian named Watto), is freed by, and marries, the hard-working moisture farmer, Cliegg Lars. They have a son, Owen, also a moisture farmer, who marries Beru Whitesun (see 4 below);
3. Anakin Skywalker marries Padmé Naberrie (Queen Amidala), daughter of Ruwee Naberrie, son of Winama Naberrie, and of Jobal of Naboo, a poor family. Yet, because of her exceptional abilitites, Padmé Naberrie is elected Queen Amidala at the age of 14. Her elder sister is Sola Naberrie;
4. Padmé, by Anakin, to whom she is secretly married, gives birth to twins, Luke Skywalker and Leia (Organa). Leia is adopted and protected by the family of Viceroy Bail Organa on Alderaan and she takes Organa as her family name. Luke Skywalker is given into the Guardianship of Owen and Beru Lars (see 2 above);
(5) Leia Organa eventually marries Han Solo;
(6) Luke Skywalker marries Mara Jade, and they have a son, Ben.

[All links, save one, to the splendid official Star Wars Web Site]

Wow! Jumping genealogies! By the Force, he's got it!

And here is the BBC guide to the whole saga: 'The Star Wars saga at a glance' (BBC Entertainment).

Philip, Homo nerdensis is alive and well. "How old are you, Dad?" And, folks, Star Wars: Epidsode III - Revenge of the Sith is much better than the snooty critics allow. As Yoda would surely affirm: "Better, it is. Go, you must." Popcorn all round.

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