General Questions
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:21:37 AM »
I am new to this site, and the FAQ are relatively vague in terms of the information I would like to know.
Could anyone answer these questions?
1. How many people believe the Earth is flat?
2. The idea that the world is spherical has predated NASA, so surely they didn't start that theory. If they didn't, who did?
Thanks

Re: General Questions
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 09:35:44 AM »
I believe that a greek philosopher named Eratosthenes did the dual stick experiment ( not sure when ).
He planted two sticks, one in cyene, one in Alexandria. The difference in shadows was taken to mean that the earth is round.
FE theorists claim that this claim can be explained with a flat earth, in that the sun is only a few thousand miles above the earth. This is a little of topic, but why do FE theorists keep using miles and feet. This isn't very scientific.
And this is another indicator of the americans in the society.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2015, 12:31:18 AM by aninterestedparty »
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Re: General Questions
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2015, 09:37:14 AM »
This is a little of topic, but why do FE theorists keep using miles and feet. This isn't very scientific.
Primarily for historical reasons.
Read the FAQ before asking your question - chances are we already addressed it.
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P.S.  All of us illiterate folks understood this the first time.

Re: General Questions
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015, 09:55:08 AM »
conversions are off limits, huh
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Re: General Questions
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2015, 04:48:09 PM »
Actually, it's funny, but the fastest way for someone to broadcast that they aren't in any scientific field (or at the very least, have yet to exit a university) is to complain that people aren't using the metric system. In most fields, especially engineering, the imperial and metric system are used side by side, as the most broadly standardized unit in a field is always used, which could easily be metric, imperial, or some horrific mix of both. The only people who are truly anal about using the metric system also happen to be the people who probably don't use most of it anyway.

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Re: General Questions
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2015, 11:39:53 PM »
Abandon hope all ye who press enter here.

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. -- Charles Darwin

If you can't demonstrate it, then you shouldn't believe it.

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Re: General Questions
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2015, 11:56:56 PM »

In most fields, especially engineering...
Engineering is not science.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/tech-careers/engineering-is-not-science

Yes, that opinion piece surely proves you are correct.

Re: General Questions
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 12:33:00 AM »
Thanks for the help

Re: General Questions
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 12:35:41 AM »
Actually, it's funny, but the fastest way for someone to broadcast that they aren't in any scientific field (or at the very least, have yet to exit a university) is to complain that people aren't using the metric system. In most fields, especially engineering, the imperial and metric system are used side by side, as the most broadly standardized unit in a field is always used, which could easily be metric, imperial, or some horrific mix of both. The only people who are truly anal about using the metric system also happen to be the people who probably don't use most of it anyway.


I'm sorry, but which countries use the imperial system again?
Australia might not exist, but we still do not use this system, in any field.
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Re: General Questions
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 03:38:27 AM »
Abandon hope all ye who press enter here.

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. -- Charles Darwin

If you can't demonstrate it, then you shouldn't believe it.

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Re: General Questions
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 04:22:39 AM »
I'm sorry, but which countries use the imperial system again?
Australia might not exist, but we still do not use this system, in any field.

I highly doubt that Australia, even if such a place existed, would ignore an industry standard solely because that standard is in imperial units. Unless you're claiming that such a place manufactures 100% of it's own materials, then you should heavily weigh your own statement and realize that you have no real basis for the claims you just made. I will go as far as to assert that you don't work in any industry, much less all of them simultaneously.

Re: General Questions
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 05:39:52 AM »
I'm sorry, but which countries use the imperial system again?
Australia might not exist, but we still do not use this system, in any field.

I highly doubt that Australia, even if such a place existed, would ignore an industry standard solely because that standard is in imperial units. Unless you're claiming that such a place manufactures 100% of it's own materials, then you should heavily weigh your own statement and realize that you have no real basis for the claims you just made. I will go as far as to assert that you don't work in any industry, much less all of them simultaneously.

Big words.
Have you been living under a rock, or have you just stopped for one second and looked at the world?
Most countries in the world use the metric system you ignorant asshole.
My basis for this claim is the fact that i live here. What industry do you work in?
And remember, being an asshole isn't a real industry.
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Re: General Questions
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2015, 06:04:24 AM »
None of that please,I simply wanted answers

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Re: General Questions
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Re: General Questions
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2015, 02:53:04 PM »
The stick experiment does not prove the Earth is round.  I simply gives you the size of the Earth if you first assume the Earth is round.