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Old 03-08-2007, 09:47 AM   #16
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I just caught the first part of the eclipse. I didn't bother to watch the rest.
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Old 03-09-2007, 03:35 PM   #17
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Explanation: When a Full Moon lies near the ecliptic there can be a lunar eclipse. That cosmic alignment is well illustrated in this composite of eclipse images recorded last Saturday near Paris, France. The projection of the ecliptic plane, the plane of planet Earth's orbit around the Sun, is traced by the long blue line running diagonally through the picture. At a small angle to the ecliptic, along the Moon's orbit, are a series of images from the eclipse itself following the Moon as it moves (down and left) through Earth's shadow. A small blue circle centered on the ecliptic outlines the extent of the dark region of the shadow or umbra. Above, the principal stars of Leo are highlighted, while at the far right lies another celestial wanderer that stays close to the ecliptic - Saturn.

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Old 03-09-2007, 07:34 PM   #18
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Science isn't a Democracy....being in the majority is irrelevant.
I have already demonstrated the relevance of the majority. Even if the chances are slim, it is possible that a genius could be a moron and a moron could be a genius. Almost anything is possible. But what makes a genius a genius is the number of people who think he/she is smart. Likewise a moron is created by the number of people who think he/she is dumb. The majority defines your life for everyone (except yourself) which is what inescapably binds you to society. What makes the color red is the number of people who call something red.

But the reason for my post this time is to demonstrate how the scientific community is in many ways the ultimate Democracy. Hundreds of scientists investigate a particular issue through hypothesis and experimentation. Then all in the science community cast their vote by taking sides with the various camps that believe one theory over another. Newer discoveries displace older ones that were "fact" once upon a time, but get upgraded as new information is uncovered. Over time, the scientific community gets smarter but at any instance, everything they know is wrong - that is, everything they know is destined to grow and be upgraded to the next step of understanding.

The Word of God is one thing that I can count on because it hasn't been upgraded but twice in thousands of years. That fact alone is testament to its longevity and relevance in society. Compare that to scientific software manuals that need upgrading with every new version making the old information irrelevant.
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:06 PM   #19
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I have already demonstrated the relevance of the majority. Even if the chances are slim, it is possible that a genius could be a moron and a moron could be a genius. Almost anything is possible. But what makes a genius a genius is the number of people who think he/she is smart. Likewise a moron is created by the number of people who think he/she is dumb. The majority defines your life for everyone (except yourself) which is what inescapably binds you to society. What makes the color red is the number of people who call something red.
I hate to burst your bubble there, Einstein, but the number of people who believe someone to be a genius is irrelevant. Accomplishments and scores on standardized tests determine whether or not someone is a genius.

And the Dictionary supports my statement as well:

b: extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity c: a person endowed with transcendent mental superiority; especially : a person with a very high IQ

BTW, if every christian on the planet suddenly decided the sky was red.....it STILL would not be red. Colors are what they are, man has done nothing but label them because "red" is easier to say than the color that resembles the coals in the bottom of a fire.

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But the reason for my post this time is to demonstrate how the scientific community is in many ways the ultimate Democracy. Hundreds of scientists investigate a particular issue through hypothesis and experimentation. Then all in the science community cast their vote by taking sides with the various camps that believe one theory over another. Newer discoveries displace older ones that were "fact" once upon a time, but get upgraded as new information is uncovered. Over time, the scientific community gets smarter but at any instance, everything they know is wrong - that is, everything they know is destined to grow and be upgraded to the next step of understanding.
Look up the term "Scientific Law", then learn the difference between fact and theory and get back to me.

You see, Gravity is a Scientific Law while there are only theories explaining it's cause.

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The Word of God is one thing that I can count on because it hasn't been upgraded but twice in thousands of years. That fact alone is testament to its longevity and relevance in society. Compare that to scientific software manuals that need upgrading with every new version making the old information irrelevant.
Did you not just tell me on another thread that the Author of the book of Genesis must have witnessed the "miracle" even though the story clearly states the creation of Earth and the heavens took place prior to the creation of man?

...and you have the audacity to say the Bible is unchanging
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:05 PM   #20
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How in the world did this topic become a religious discussion?
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“What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs”
Henry Miller

“Any man more right than his neighbors, constitutes a majority of one.”
Henry David Thoreau


“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. ”
Samuel Adams

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. ”
Marcus Aurelius


“One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted. ”
Thomas B. Reed

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Old 03-10-2007, 09:53 AM   #23
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LN kind of early for you ?

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“What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs”
Henry Miller

“Any man more right than his neighbors, constitutes a majority of one.”
Henry David Thoreau


“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. ”
Samuel Adams

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. ”
Marcus Aurelius


“One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted. ”
Thomas B. Reed
I like your quotes. I wonder how this got off track here So I hope everybody has a great week end. I will requote LN on the best of those quotes.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. ”
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:03 PM   #24
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How in the world did this topic become a religious discussion?
Zealots quite often lack the ability to carry on conversations without introducing religion. It's one of their identifying characteristics.
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Explanation: A red Moon rose over Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA on March 3rd, immersed in Earth's shadow near the total phase of a lunar eclipse. This serene portrait of the eclipsed Moon in a dark blue twilight sky also features the Highland Lighthouse (aka Cape Cod lighthouse), another more locally familiar beacon in the night. Now automated, the 66 foot tall structure in use today was built in 1857. How often has there been an eclipse within view of the Highland light? For locations on planet Earth there are about two eclipse seasons each year. So, eclipses have actually had many chances to be part of the pictorial history of the Highland Lighthouse, including a total solar eclipse in 1932.

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Explanation: Most galaxies have a single nucleus -- does this galaxy have four? The strange answer leads astronomers to conclude that the nucleus of the surrounding galaxy is not even visible in this image. The central cloverleaf is rather light emitted from a background quasar. The gravitational field of the visible foreground galaxy breaks light from this distant quasar into four distinct images. The quasar must be properly aligned behind the center of a massive galaxy for a mirage like this to be evident. The general effect is known as gravitational lensing, and this specific case is known as the Einstein Cross. Stranger still, the images of the Einstein Cross vary in relative brightness, enhanced occasionally by the additional gravitational microlensing effect of specific stars in the foreground galaxy.

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Old 03-12-2007, 06:05 AM   #26
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This one is actually a video.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ima...ewhorizons.mpg

Explanation: What would it be like to coast by Jupiter and watch it rotate? This was just the experience of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approached and flew by Jupiter earlier this year. Clicking on the image will bring up a movie of what the robotic spacecraft saw. Visible above in the extensive atmosphere of the Solar System's largest planet are bands and belts of light and dark clouds, as well as giant rotating storm systems seen as ovals. Other movies compiled by New Horizons and other passing spacecraft have captured the clouds swirling and moving relative to themselves. Jupiter has a diameter of about eleven times that of our Earth, and rotates once in about 10 hours. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft continues to speed toward the outer Solar System where it is expected to approach Pluto in 2015.
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Explanation: The Spirit rover attacked Mars again in 2005 September. What might look, above, like a military attack, though, was once again just a scientific one - Spirit was instructed to closely inspect some interesting rocks near the summit of Husband Hill. Spirit's Panoramic Camera captured the rover's Instrument Deployment Device above as moved to get a closer look at an outcrop of rocks named Hillary. The Spirit rover, and its twin rover Opportunity, have now been exploring the red planet for over three years. Both Spirit and Opportunity have found evidence that parts of Mars were once wet.

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Explanation: Why do some spiral galaxies have a ring around the center? First and foremost, M95 is one of the closer examples of a big and beautiful barred spiral galaxy. Visible in the above recent image from the CFHT telescope in Hawaii, USA, are sprawling spiral arms delineate by open clusters of bright blue stars, lanes of dark dust, the diffuse glow of billions of faint stars, and a short bar across the galaxy center. What intrigues many astronomers, however, is the circumnuclear ring around the galaxy center visible just outside the central bar. Recent images by the Chandra X-ray Observatory have shown that X-ray light surrounding the ring is likely emission from recent supernovas. Although the long term stability of the ring remains a topic of research, recent observations indicate its present brightness is at least enhanced by transient bursts of star formation. M95, also known as NGC 3351, spans about 50,000 light-years and can be seen with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).

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Explanation: Higher than the highest mountain, higher than the highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora. Aurora rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from solar shockwave causing energetic electrons and protons to striking molecules in the Earth's atmosphere. Frequently, when viewed from space, a complete aurora will appear as a circle around one of the Earth's magnetic poles. The above digitally enhanced photograph was taken in 2005 January shows a spectacular aurora borealis above the frozen landscape of Bear Lake, Alaska, USA. The above image was voted Wikipedia Commons Picture of the Year for 2006.

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