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Philosophy, Religion & Society / The BIG Question
« on: January 25, 2006, 10:49:48 AM »
Although this won't fall anywhere near my area of expertice, I will offer everyone here a question anyway"

If God did/didn't exist, would you want to know?

Please think about this very carefully. Also, consider the consequences of knowing.

Flat Earth Q&A / Orbital/Space/Moon/Tides Discussion
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:55:08 PM »
I'm new to the website and I recently finished my doctoral studies in Astronomy and Physics. I was disturbed by the information here and decided to offer my knowledge.

We see the same side of the moon because it is what we call "tidally locked" to the Earth. The earth is much bigger, and the inside of the moon is made up of heated metals (mostly liquid). Over time, these metals shift to one side, creating a "heavier" side of the moon. This can be observed using everyday object. For example, if you hold up a basketball and put a finger on each side to represent the poles, but the placement is about 3/4 of the way down from the top, the ball will spin around with the heavy side down, and that side will remain down. This brings up another question, and yes, the Earth is actually slowing down because the moon has that same effect on the Earth, however, that effect is almost negligable, and will take tens of thousands of years for Earth to stop rotating.

I noticed that the phases of the moon are frequently discussed as well. Using the same basketball and a fixed source of light, you can replicate the phases of the moon. A "New Moon" is simply this: The Sun shines light on the moon, and we are behind the moon. Keep in mind that there is a slight tilt on the moon's orbit around the Earth of approximately 5 degrees, therefore, we don't always have a solar or lunar eclipse.
During waxing and waning phases, we can observe a slight curve to the shadow. Using the basketball and light, we can observe the same type of shadow. A rounded object created a rounded shadow.

The tides are affected by both the moon and the sun, however, the moon has a greater infuence because it is much closer to the Earth. We observe two tides because of a "bulge" effect. To put it in perspective, the general shape is that of a football with a sphere inside. The side of the Earth facing the moon experiences this bulge effect, which is a high tide, and at that same time, the opposite side of the Earth is also in a high tide state.

Gravity, although not proven, has a strong theory to back it. The "String Theory" which is a very complicated theory, explained by many formulas, which took me years to master, explains that all particles, no matter how microscopic in size, are "connected" by "strings." Now these aren't strings in the literal sense, but in the electromagnetic, weak nuclear, strong nuclear, and gravitational forces.

Furthermore, if a flat earth was accelerating through space in a constant direction, the speed would eventually reach obscene amounts. If the flat earth was moving at a CONSTANT rate, with NO ACCELERATION, then this would make sense. Newton's first law states that an object in motion will stay in motion, therefore, a flat object moving through space will continue to move at that rate until it collides with another object.

Through my studies I have learned that space is finite, and there will never be a Big Crunch. We think of the Big Bang as matter expanding into space, but this is not the case, SPACE ITSELF IS EXPANDING. We often refer to this as the "Raisin Bread Universe." Think of it this way: The bread is the Universe and the raisins are cellestial objects in the universe. As the bread expands in the oven, the object move further apart from each other. This is a simplified version, but for the sake of this discussion, it serves an appropriate purpose.

I have plenty more information to offer for anyone willing to engage in MATURE debate and discussion. This thread is not for those who will resort to name calling. Please excuse any typos as I am typing without proof reading.

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