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#168 Sep 2, 2012
ThinkinMan wrote:
<quoted text>In short, all I have ever known is the "American way" and the "...application of reason, the basic knowledge of science, and the development of critical thinking skills..." that you mentioned above propelled me towards Christianity and not atheism.
Allow me to restate...what is your understanding of the scientific terms of "light year" and the "transit of Venus"?

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#169 Sep 4, 2012
A light-year is both a unit of length and measurement. As to length, it is equivalent to 5.9 trillion miles. As to measurement, it is used to represent distances on a galactic scale in most popular publications. It is easier to understand the term "light-year" rather than a number followed by a bunch of zeroes. The scientific community, however; prefers to use a parsec when speaking of galactic distances.

The transit of Venus is a phenomenon that occurs when heavenly bodies are rotating (or transiting) around another heavenly body such as a star. So for Venus, this occurs when the planet passes directly between the Sun and Earth (or another planet). Earth also experiences a "transit of Mercury" on a more frequent basis than Venus. By extension, I guess you could surmise that Mars experiences the transits of Mercury, Venus and Earth and etc...etc... for each of the other planets until we get to Pluto (I still consider Pluto a planet).

So what does this have to do with atheists, discrimination, 10% discounts and church bulletins?

How about this:

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars (**a transit maybe**)
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius........

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#170 Sep 6, 2012
ThinkinMan wrote:
A light-year is both a unit of length and measurement. As to length, it is equivalent to 5.9 trillion miles. As to measurement, it is used to represent distances on a galactic scale in most popular publications. It is easier to understand the term "light-year" rather than a number followed by a bunch of zeroes. The scientific community, however; prefers to use a parsec when speaking of galactic distances.
The transit of Venus is a phenomenon that occurs when heavenly bodies are rotating (or transiting) around another heavenly body such as a star. So for Venus, this occurs when the planet passes directly between the Sun and Earth (or another planet). Earth also experiences a "transit of Mercury" on a more frequent basis than Venus. By extension, I guess you could surmise that Mars experiences the transits of Mercury, Venus and Earth and etc...etc... for each of the other planets until we get to Pluto (I still consider Pluto a planet).
So what does this have to do with atheists, discrimination, 10% discounts and church bulletins?
How about this:
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars (**a transit maybe**)
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius........
You are confusing astronomy (a field of science) with astrology (a "religion" based on observations of the skies relative to stars, planets. etc.; once followed by Ron and Nancy Reagan)...

So what is you take on galaxies, and in particular, of the Milky Way galaxy?

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#171 Sep 6, 2012
ThinkinMan wrote:
...The transit of Venus is a phenomenon that occurs when heavenly bodies are rotating (or transiting) around another heavenly body such as a star. So for Venus, this occurs when the planet passes directly between the Sun and Earth (or another planet). Earth also experiences a "transit of Mercury" on a more frequent basis than Venus. By extension, I guess you could surmise that Mars experiences the transits of Mercury, Venus and Earth and etc...etc... for each of the other planets until we get to Pluto (I still consider Pluto a planet)...
Perhaps I should have more narrowly asked you as to what the observations of the Transit of Venus allowed scientists to calculate (you can also copy and paste this information from the same Wikipedia article)...
Kane

Johnson City, TN

#172 Sep 6, 2012
What is the difference. Senior citizens get discounts. These people that dont believe in God need to back off, shut up and mind their own business. No one is hurting you. Go do your own thing and leave the rest of us alone.

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#173 Sep 6, 2012
Elmer Gantry wrote:
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Perhaps I should have more narrowly asked you as to what the observations of the Transit of Venus allowed scientists to calculate (you can also copy and paste this information from the same Wikipedia article)...
The url is a quicker paste:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus

The only "Transit Of Venus" that gets me psyched up is the new THREE DAYS GRACE album coming out in October 2012 of the same name. Check out the new single "Chalk Outline":



I apologize for the shameless commerce plug but it has been about 3 yrs. since their last set of tunes.

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#174 Sep 6, 2012
Elmer Gantry wrote:
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You are confusing astronomy (a field of science) with astrology (a "religion" based on observations of the skies relative to stars, planets. etc.; once followed by Ron and Nancy Reagan)...
So what is you take on galaxies, and in particular, of the Milky Way galaxy?
Sorry, the lyrics to the "Age of Aquarius" was meant to provide a "chuckle, giggle, laugh-a-little" moment. We can't be too serious all the time, otherwise; our husbands and wives would run us off.

So, back to the Milky Way. For me, personally I rank the Milky Way in beauty right up there with the Sombrero Galaxy and Bode's Galaxy. Back when I was a little younger, you might say that I had a "back-yard" interest in astronomy and I wish I could have afforded a better telescope. But when the kids came along there were more pressing priorities so I have limited myself to astronomy websites (after all, they got the good stuff that I cannot afford).

I guess the most intriguing thing about the Milky Way is our "possible" collision with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years. Talk about upsetting the apple cart...there might be a few bruised egos at that time.

Overall, I guess the vastness of galaxies and the enormity of their internal structures just puts me in awe of the Creator. Now, before anyone gets all fired up about the "religious nut", let me say that if you get all dazzled when confronted with the wonders of the universe in some other way, then that's ok too. We all have our own way of processing how things came to be...and in this case...all you have to do is ADMIRE the result of art...because the heavens are truly a masterpiece for everyone to enjoy in their own way.

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#175 Sep 6, 2012
ThinkinMan wrote:
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Sorry, the lyrics to the "Age of Aquarius" was meant to provide a "chuckle, giggle, laugh-a-little" moment. We can't be too serious all the time, otherwise; our husbands and wives would run us off.
So, back to the Milky Way. For me, personally I rank the Milky Way in beauty right up there with the Sombrero Galaxy and Bode's Galaxy. Back when I was a little younger, you might say that I had a "back-yard" interest in astronomy and I wish I could have afforded a better telescope. But when the kids came along there were more pressing priorities so I have limited myself to astronomy websites (after all, they got the good stuff that I cannot afford).
I guess the most intriguing thing about the Milky Way is our "possible" collision with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years. Talk about upsetting the apple cart...there might be a few bruised egos at that time.
Overall, I guess the vastness of galaxies and the enormity of their internal structures just puts me in awe of the Creator. Now, before anyone gets all fired up about the "religious nut", let me say that if you get all dazzled when confronted with the wonders of the universe in some other way, then that's ok too. We all have our own way of processing how things came to be...and in this case...all you have to do is ADMIRE the result of art...because the heavens are truly a masterpiece for everyone to enjoy in their own way.
Have you ever seen the Milky Way with your naked eye?

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#176 Sep 6, 2012
ThinkinMan wrote:
<quoted text>...So, back to the Milky Way. For me, personally I rank the Milky Way in beauty right up there with the Sombrero Galaxy and Bode's Galaxy. Back when I was a little younger, you might say that I had a "back-yard" interest in astronomy and I wish I could have afforded a better telescope. But when the kids came along there were more pressing priorities so I have limited myself to astronomy websites (after all, they got the good stuff that I cannot afford).
I guess the most intriguing thing about the Milky Way is our "possible" collision with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years. Talk about upsetting the apple cart...there might be a few bruised egos at that time..
So, I take it that you also think that the Milky Way Galaxy, the Sombrero Galaxy, Bode's Galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy are all real and observable astronomical "places" located very far way within outer space...

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#177 Sep 7, 2012
Elmer Gantry wrote:
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Have you ever seen the Milky Way with your naked eye?
Of course not, however; there are plenty of partial images taken by observatories around the world using photography techniques about which I haven't a clue...but at least I can enjoy the end result.

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#178 Sep 7, 2012
Elmer Gantry wrote:
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So, I take it that you also think that the Milky Way Galaxy, the Sombrero Galaxy, Bode's Galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy are all real and observable astronomical "places" located very far way within outer space...
Within the context of what I believe based on the knowledge that I understand -- you can take that as a "yes" with this disclaimer. I know that there are other views and theories concerning what is "real", "observable", "astronomical" and "outer space".

In a very general sense of understanding (and I do mean general), I am familiar with the Reciprocal System proposed by Dewey Larson in the 1950's. And the only reason that I am familiar with this concept is due to a mention made by a professional colleague. Dewey's basic premise was that our universe was a "universe of MOTION" which challenges the notion of a "universe of MATTER".

Now, because I am not a whizz-banger in advanced mathematics, my comprehension gets pretty muddied from this point forward. If you are interested in additional info you can check out my former colleague's work in this field at: http://rs2theory.org/

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#179 Sep 17, 2012
Is everyone in this area this ignorant?

I may have made a mistake moving here if this is the predominate line of thought.

>.<

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#180 Sep 18, 2012
jhvh1 wrote:
Is everyone in this area this ignorant?
I may have made a mistake moving here if this is the predominate line of thought.
>.<
Are you referring to mine and Elmer's "carry moon-beams home in a jar" conversation OR the original topic of this forum? Sometimes someone will ask a question or post an observation (usually Elmer or HillBillyBoy) that may or may not have something to do with the topic at hand. And I try to be sociable and post an answer if I have one. I apologize if our "off-topic" excursion aggravated you in any way.
Anonymous

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#181 Sep 18, 2012
Elmer Gantry wrote:
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Have you ever seen the Milky Way with your naked eye?
I have; it is a sight to behold and ponder upon; as the whole sky can be a wondrous sight to behold on a clear night; especially seeing zipping or erratic movements up there.

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#182 Sep 20, 2012
Not the off topic meandering, that was the only good part of this thread, my problem is with the initial reactions and comments from people that seem to not have the slightest clue what an Atheist is or a Christian for that matter.

Carry on with the digression there Thin and Elmer.

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