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The Conference on proving that Galileo was Wrong.

These people will use cellphones and satellite communications to arrange this conference.

They'll get travel plans and weather forecasts based on NOAA satellites.

But the universe is geocentric. And they can prove it.



Faith brought us the Inquisition, the Crusades, and witch trials.

Reason brought us polio vaccines, the elimination of smallpox, and Maxwell's equations.

I know which one I prefer.

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kelloggs2066
Sep. 13th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's all a joke
wbwolf
Sep. 13th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: I wonder if it's all a joke
Sadly, no. Geocentrists and "young earth" believers are out there in significant overlap. This one is specifically Catholic, though most Young Earth believers I've heard of tend to be some Protestant strain.
sleepyjohn00
Sep. 13th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I wonder if it's all a joke
I wish it were. Anti-science hysteria gets stronger every day.
wbwolf
Sep. 13th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
I love the irony of the line; "Those who see the universe as the handiwork of the benevolent God need no longer be subservient to fairy tales." I also find it amusing that the keynote speaker has a Ph.D. in theology, not science of any branch. Leave the theology to the theologians and science to the scientists.
deckardcanine
Sep. 13th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've heard that Galileo's trouble with the church had more to do with the impolite way he handled his report. In any event, apparently not all self-described Catholics take the current Vatican position. Like Scott, I thought there was about a 50% chance the website was sarcastic.

These people will use cellphones and satellite communications to arrange this conference.

They'll get travel plans and weather forecasts based on NOAA satellites.


To be fair, nothing about that sounds contrary to geocentrism. Asserting a flat Earth would make satellite use a little awkward.

Also, if we went by only reason and not faith, there'd be little incentive for ethics in experiments.
torakiyoshi
Sep. 13th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
These idiots are making reasonable Christians look stupid for believing in the same God.

But they have the sattelite issue worked out! Aerospace uses a geocentric coordinate system to fly the sattelites. (Duh! After all, they aren't leaving the earth's gravity well and don't care about anything outside a geocentric orbit...)
sleepyjohn00
Sep. 13th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, yes. The people who believe in all one thing or the other tend to embarrass those who believe in balance. And that's as true of Skinnerian psychologists as it is of geocentric fundementalists.

It's turtles all the way down.
jordan179
Sep. 13th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
ROFLMAO!!!

These guys are serious!
leadsporkofdoom
Sep. 13th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oxygen transport by heme rings, and f orbitals of metals, and self assembly order of liquid crystals, and making vanilla extract from paper mash...

dreamy sigh
sleepyjohn00
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
these are a few of my fa-vorite things!!!
scifiguytr
Sep. 13th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Are they espousing Ptolemaic or Tychonic geocentrism? I don't want to even look at the site lest my eyeballs explode.
sleepyjohn00
Sep. 13th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
If you step in a cow flop, does it really matter which breed of cow it came from?

Which is my way of covering the fact that I don't know the difference between Ptolemaic and Tychonic geocentrism.
scifiguytr
Sep. 13th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ptolemaic: everything goes around Earth.

Tychonic: everything goes around the Sun, which goes around the Earth.

Still bullshit, but qualitatively different bullshit.
wbwolf
Sep. 14th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Since this is a Catholic conference, and they are using the Bible as evidence, Ptolemaic geocentrism is the order for the day.
scifiguytr
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
This post may contain sarcasm and ad hominem attack. You have been warned.
According to Wikipedia, Catholic Apologists International (the group behind this tripe) embraces the Tychonic systems, so that they don't have to justify why Mercury and Venus are never more than 48˚ away from the Sun.

Also:
"In terms of the influential philosophy of science stemming from the work of Karl Popper, such non-falsifiable claims qualify as metaphysics and are not properly formulated scientific hypotheses."

In response:
HURRR YOUR ALL SINNERS DURRRRRR I'M SPECIAL AND THIS IS THE ONLY THING OF WORTH THAT MY LIFE HAS PRODUCED GUUUUH
dhlawrence
Sep. 14th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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