The flat earth theory didn't change much. It just went from 0 to a very small number (curvature per mile), is what I'm getting at. Cause the Earth is nearly
flat; they were just off by that much. And then, it turns out, that very very small number happens to make a huge difference in the resulting shape. And then we go and use the curvature for new, important purposes! (must.. resist... creating... random wall-text.... on the Physics.. of satellites....not... resisting... well...)
^for unnecessary clarification; you already know what I meant.
Prinapocalypse wrote:I think some things can be plausible without facts. For example aliens could be living on some far away planet, that hasn't been discovered yet. There's no way to currently see the far reaches of the universe, so I would call it plausible. Even though there's no way to currently prove such a thing, I would personally say it could be true, and shouldn't be disregarded.
That isn't disregarded though (the example you provided, anyway ~ ), and there are many ways to see far into the universe. Not only is it not disregarded, but it is considered quite probable given the universe's size. Many areas of science spend a lot of time looking for inhabited planets; it's big news when they find solar systems capable of supporting life. Also, we've been sending out various signals saying things like "We're here, is anyone else out there too?" that also give maps to our location (not using our language, but by signing of course). We do this even though we know (if there is life out there, which is considered quite probable) they are not near enough for the signal to reach any time soon (the signals travel much slower than light, by the time we get a reply or by the time it even reaches them, we could all have died off long ago). We also spend quite a lot of time trying to see if the moons on Saturn and Jupiter might have life (we can see that they have water, but it's frozen over; the idea is that there could be a whole ocean underneath filled with sea life); even Mars seems to have once had water (Mars is very much like Earth would be if we had some disaster that killed life off; it might've had water before, it's about our size, it's close to the sun, the atmosphere isn't all that bad, etc.).
But yeps, I get your point.
Just give them some time to find their evidence ~
Edit: Almost forgot to say you don't normally come off as condescending. It was just that one post and you were probably tired when you wrote it anyway~ ;P Nothing to worry about~
Oh, good, that was worrying me. *relief*
edit: ninja'd as always! Because everyone seems to be able to type faster than me! o:
@vampko: I am merely trying to separate the philosophy from the misconceptions ~
And the things you guys said about the aliens and ghosts things... they aren't true. There's tons of evidence aliens could exist, and ghosts are being researched; if they've found out anything about paranormal activity, I wouldn't know though 'cause my knowledge of the paranormal is lacking. You'd have to find out yourself.
The rest of what you said is pretty sound; that's awesome that this doubles as studying for you btw ~
@Jericho: Your topic kicks ass. If that hasn't been said yet.