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    Ferris posted this to the LOL thread, but I figured it needed a thread of its own.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_geocentrism

    Polls conducted by Gallup in the 1990s have found that 16% of Germans, 18% of Americans and 19% of Britons hold that the Sun revolves around the Earth.
    http://galileowaswrong.com/galileowaswrong/

    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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    European visitors to this conference should take care, lest they fall of the edge of the Earth on the way to Indiana.
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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      Even though we have people IN SPACE, as well as probe's and satellites that have explored our Solar System fairly thoroughly, people still cling to this notion that we are the center of the universe.

      As Einstein once said: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
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        Didn't Pope John Paul II already settle this like 18 years ago for those wacky Catholics?

        The truly frightening thing is that Robert Bennett's doctorate is in General Relativity.

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          Similar percentages to the amount of people who think Obama is a Muslim, despite his decades of Christian attendance and the whole issue with the pastor. It's handy to think of the bell curve, for every really smart person (Hawking) there is a babbling idiot, and for every one a little above average there is someone who could with a little effort, but doesn't, think about things rationally.
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            And some say we never went to the moon, instead we just filmed it in hollywood...



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              Re: Geocentrism

              Originally posted by snooggums View Post
              It's handy to think of the bell curve, for every really smart person (Hawking) there is a babbling idiot, and for every one a little above average there is someone who could with a little effort, but doesn't, think about things rationally.
              You have entirely too much faith in humanity, Snooggs. I'd say the ratio of intelliegent people to stupid people is somewhere in the range of 1:1000. Consider the gaming world as we have all seen it as a sample population. For TG's few thousand members, there are almost a limitless number of idiots and smacktards. After having to deal with many of these kind outside of the gaming universe on a day to day basis, I'm absolutely sure the same statistical analogy translates to the non-digital world.

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                Re: Geocentrism

                The sun does revolve around the earth when you take the earth to be your frame of reference. This all follows from general relativity and how things in the solar system move about. Of course there's nothing special about that frame of reference.

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                  :facepalm:
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                    Re: Geocentrism

                    Well... It's a small step from believing that the earth is 6000 years old to 'The Earth is the center of the universe'.
                    Some people believe that the earth is hollow...

                    Some time ago I found THIS guy on youtube. He's great!
                    A comic artist who believes that the earth is actually growing (No, not the couple tons a day by microastroids) by... 'new matter' which is created in the center of the earth.
                    Beware if you comment on his videos. He gets pretty angry BUT he does insult people in a beautiful way. I almost felt flattered xD

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                      *edit* Whoops. I apparently needed more caffeine with this post. Yeah Vouk, I wasn't thinking very clearly with that. ><
                      Last edited by Flarfignuggen; 09-17-2010, 04:10 PM.

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                      • #12
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                        Well, why would it grow if the core would solidify?
                        Most elements and molecules decrease their volume when they turn to a solid. Water is an exeption because of it's density-anomaly.
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                          Re: Geocentrism

                          Originally posted by sordavie View Post
                          The sun does revolve around the earth when you take the earth to be your frame of reference. This all follows from general relativity and how things in the solar system move about. Of course there's nothing special about that frame of reference.
                          I understand the math gets pretty challenging in a frame in which the rest of the universe revolves around it, though.

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotating_reference_frame
                          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                          snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

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                            Originally posted by Ferris Bueller View Post
                            You have entirely too much faith in humanity, Snooggs. I'd say the ratio of intelliegent people to stupid people is somewhere in the range of 1:1000. Consider the gaming world as we have all seen it as a sample population. For TG's few thousand members, there are almost a limitless number of idiots and smacktards. After having to deal with many of these kind outside of the gaming universe on a day to day basis, I'm absolutely sure the same statistical analogy translates to the non-digital world.
                            I don't give any credit, I was sorely disappointed when I realized what the median intelligence of the human race really is.
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                              Re: Geocentrism

                              You have entirely too much faith in humanity, Snooggs. I'd say the ratio of intelliegent people to stupid people is somewhere in the range of 1:1000. Consider the gaming world as we have all seen it as a sample population. For TG's few thousand members, there are almost a limitless number of idiots and smacktards. After having to deal with many of these kind outside of the gaming universe on a day to day basis, I'm absolutely sure the same statistical analogy translates to the non-digital world.
                              In the U.S.? Yeah, 1:1000 is probably accurate. Then again how many in-depth conversations have you had with random people about physics, chemistry, and astronomy? The only thing that bums me out about this convention is that you have to pay $50.00 to attend it. I would hope they have proof ready that can stand up to centuries of scientific discoveries that backup Galileo's sun centered solar system, and the fact that we have MEN IN SPACE that can visually verify that the sun does not revolve around the earth.
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