Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there

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mightyfletch

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Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« on: June 19, 2007, 10:56:46 AM »
The Earth curves at 8in per mile.  Even in a place like the salt flats, you'll never be able to discern that small of a curvature even on a 4000 mile radius sphere.   So you can't use that observation to say that the Earth is flat.
Look up in the sky, it's a bird, no, it's a plane, no, it's the International Space Station!

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Gulliver

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007, 11:00:33 AM »
The Earth curves at 8in per mile.  Even in a place like the salt flats, you'll never be able to discern that small of a curvature even on a 4000 mile radius sphere.   So you can't use that observation to say that the Earth is flat.
You'll find this explained, and in agreement with you, in Experiment 1 of the RE Primer.

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Skeptical ATM

Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007, 11:02:40 AM »
Everyone except Tom acknowledges this. Good one for pointing it out and reminding him though.

mightyfletch

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007, 02:21:39 AM »
I've waited two days on this and no FEer has posted to rebuke it.
Look up in the sky, it's a bird, no, it's a plane, no, it's the International Space Station!

Mr. Ireland

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007, 04:44:30 AM »
Because all that's there is ENaG, and really nothing more.

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Skeptical ATM

Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007, 05:13:21 AM »
The only person who will try is Tom. I believe a quote of his is

"The Earth is flat. Look out your window."

Mr. Ireland

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007, 05:26:32 AM »
"The Earth is flat. Look out your window."

And then the replies of:

"When I look out my window, I see exactly what I should on a RE."

mightyfletch

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• 14yr Meteorologist...because the Earth is round.
Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007, 06:22:50 AM »
what is ENaG?
Look up in the sky, it's a bird, no, it's a plane, no, it's the International Space Station!

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Gulliver

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007, 06:42:20 AM »
what is ENaG?
Earth not a Global, by Parallax. Have you had a chance to read the RE Primer? If not, you should do that next.

Ulrichomega

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2007, 11:58:45 AM »
Best resource for all things RE.
I'm so tempted to put a scratch and sniff at the bottom of a pool and see what you do...

Avert your eyes, this is too awesome for them...

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Skeptical ATM

Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2007, 12:00:06 PM »
Not yet it isn't. Well actually, it is, but I mean it isn't complete.

Ulrichomega

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2007, 12:01:37 PM »
All suggestions are to be filled out in triplicate and submited to the appropriate thread.

Have a nice day.
I'm so tempted to put a scratch and sniff at the bottom of a pool and see what you do...

Avert your eyes, this is too awesome for them...

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Gulliver

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2007, 12:43:22 PM »
Not yet it isn't. Well actually, it is, but I mean it isn't complete.
Fair enough, but do feel free to contribute any of the missing parts yourself.

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Skeptical ATM

Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2007, 01:13:48 PM »
While I'm not qualified to write new sections, I'll endeavour to find new material, and if you like, edit it for the purposes of reading it easily.

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Gulliver

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2007, 02:51:42 PM »
While I'm not qualified to write new sections, I'll endeavour to find new material, and if you like, edit it for the purposes of reading it easily.
Thanks, of course. I appreciate your help.

Dioptimus Drime

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Re: Just because you can't see the curvature doesn't mean it's not there
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2007, 03:42:46 PM »
True, it doesn't mean it CAN'T be there, it just means that as far as we know from observing it with our eyes alone, it's not.

~D-Draw