Midnightsun

100 'proofs' that the Earth is not a globe
« on: September 15, 2019, 08:49:27 PM »
Number 41 in this list asserts...

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When astronomers assert that it is "necessary" to make "allowance for curvature" in canal construction, it is, of course, in order that, in their idea, a level cutting may be had, for the water. How flagrantly, then, do they contradict themselves when the curved surface of the Earth is a "true level!" What more can they want for a canal than a true level? Since they contradict themselves in such an elementary point as this, it is an evidence that the whole thing is a delusion, and we have a proof that the Earth is not a globe.

My question is.. what has astronomy got to do with canal construction?  I have been an astronomer for a long time but I have never been involved in canal construction.  Architects perhaps but not astronomers.
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Re: 100 proofs that the Earth is not a globe
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2019, 02:31:27 PM »
Carpenter does seem to use the word "astronomers" in unorthodox ways throughout the book. The logical assumption, as far as I can see, is that he used that word to describe "RE'ers" - but that's nothing more than my personal interpretation.

Of course, it's also plausible that this was just a clerical error on his part. You're about 123 years too late to ask him, I'm afraid.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2019, 02:42:16 PM by Pete Svarrior »
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