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  •  I can forgive Americans for this (1+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista

    The Big Bang Theory is effing complicated.  I don't mean the Scientific American articles, I'm talking about how they measure the mass of the universe, cosmic background radiation, and how to reverse-extrapolate (I couldn't figure a better term for this) what the universe must have been like from the current rate of space time expansion.  All of those things had to be measured, double checked, triple checked, and then the physicists had to hit the chalk board and invent new mathematical language to show this stuff is true.  

    To actually have an understanding of the theory, not the simplified version but of how they got from point A to D, is beyond the average American without a Physics degree, or like me, to be really into physics and teach yourself.

    "Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal."

    by sujigu on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:00:25 PM PDT

    •  As I said, don't know, not sure but (1+ / 0-)
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      "don't believe the science" either means you have a better data set or it's just a sloppy way of thinking, I say the latter.

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:04:35 PM PDT

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      •  In my experience "don't believe the science" (3+ / 0-)
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        means you don't like the implications for whatever reason you decided you didn't like them.  This happens outside of religious circles too.  It's human prejudice.

        The problem is I could prove to you that galaxies are moving away from us and I could also use red shift and show you that it's happening.  The proof, though, is a big ream of paper with thousands of numbers on it and most people would never bother with it.

        With Astronomy, especially, the measurements are of objects trillions of miles away.  You look for small wiggles and very, very slight changes in brightness.  Most people can't get that, so they just go for the shortened version and if they don't like it, that's the end.

        "Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal."

        by sujigu on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:08:10 PM PDT

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        •  Again I return to the use of belief when (1+ / 0-)
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          applied to science in a cultural setting, it has become the standard response, its lazy, and sometimes willfully so.

          "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

          by LaFeminista on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:10:44 PM PDT

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