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The Earth is...

...round.
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...flat.
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...hollow and we live on the inside.
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...neither of the other descriptions.
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Postby Stewsburntmonkey » Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:18 pm

KingAl wrote:The word you're looking for is ellipsoid, but given 'round' doesn't necessarily imply perfectly spherical I think you're being nitpicky.


And even ellipsoid is incorrect as it implies a certain regular shape with specific mathematical properties. The Earth is irregular and so defies absolute classification using standard geometric primitives.
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Postby coolsi » Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:24 pm

Rkiver wrote:It's like people saying the earth was made in 7 days and is only 4000 years old, ie a load of baseless crap.


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Postby Pox » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:53 pm

KingAl wrote:The word you're looking for is ellipsoid, but given 'round' doesn't necessarily imply perfectly spherical I think you're being nitpicky.

EDIT: Heh, I like the pictures added to the first post. "Hmmmm... will I trust the photograph, the CG visualisation or the diagram?"


An ellipsoid is a plane, he's looking for an oblate spheroid. :P
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Postby Feud » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:56 pm

Rkiver wrote:It's like people saying the earth was made in 7 days and is only 4000 years old, ie a load of baseless crap.


4,000? Most of the people I know who believe in the 6 day creation say it is at least 6,000 years old.
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Postby Xocrates » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:00 am

Feud wrote:4,000? Most of the people I know who believe in the 6 day creation say it is at least 6,000 years old.


That's a huge difference on the geologic scale. :wink:
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Postby Feud » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:11 am

Xocrates wrote:
Feud wrote:4,000? Most of the people I know who believe in the 6 day creation say it is at least 6,000 years old.


That's a huge difference on the geologic scale. :wink:


Well shoot, I figure that if the earth has only been around 6,000 years, cutting off a third of it is a sizable chunk of human history!
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Postby Xocrates » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:37 am

Feud wrote:Well shoot, I figure that if the earth has only been around 6,000 years, cutting off a third of it is a sizable chunk of human history!


True, but if the earth has been around for some 4.000.000.000 years, that's like the 12 year old showing how old he is by saying he's 12 and a half.

2000 years are insignificant in reference to the initial point that the age was ludicrously smaller than evidence shows (regardless of who's right or not. That's not a can of worms I'm trying to open)
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Postby Feud » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:46 am

Xocrates wrote:
True, but if the earth has been around for some 4.000.000.000 years


4 billion years you say? Sounds reasonable to me, I'm fine with that number.
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Postby MikeTheWookiee » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:15 am

Feud wrote:
Xocrates wrote:
True, but if the earth has been around for some 4.000.000.000 years


4 billion years you say? Sounds reasonable to me, I'm fine with that number.


But they said it was as old as that about 20 years ago, making the age more like 4,000,000,020 years. :wink:

And I personally find the most amusement from the many-concentric-earths theory, with the holes in the poles allowing light etc into the lower levels :roll:
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Postby BrianBlessed » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:25 am

It's a hollow sphere with no inner or outer surface...obviously.

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Postby KingAl » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:48 am

Pox wrote:
KingAl wrote:The word you're looking for is ellipsoid, but given 'round' doesn't necessarily imply perfectly spherical I think you're being nitpicky.

EDIT: Heh, I like the pictures added to the first post. "Hmmmm... will I trust the photograph, the CG visualisation or the diagram?"


An ellipsoid is a plane, he's looking for an oblate spheroid. :P


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WordNet wrote:1. a surface whose plane sections are all ellipses or circles; "the Earth is an ellipsoid"


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Postby rus|Mike » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:49 am

microchip08 wrote:BTW, if you want to ask some questions about it but don't want to register there, I'll do it for you, if you want.

Mmm? Can you ask them why we see disappearing Sun when the night comes? They say because it's getting too far away but what the hell, we don't see it getting smaller and smaller, we see it disappearing by parts as it goes down the horizont!

Aargh some theories are so stupid that you just don't know how to reason people believing in them :?
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Postby Stewsburntmonkey » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:45 am

rus|Mike wrote:
microchip08 wrote:BTW, if you want to ask some questions about it but don't want to register there, I'll do it for you, if you want.

Mmm? Can you ask them why we see disappearing Sun when the night comes? They say because it's getting too far away but what the hell, we don't see it getting smaller and smaller, we see it disappearing by parts as it goes down the horizont!

Aargh some theories are so stupid that you just don't know how to reason people believing in them :?


And the sun actually appears to be largest when it is rising or setting (same with the moon).
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Postby rus|Mike » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:51 am

True, true.

I could have registered there myself but endless discussions is my weakness :P I've no wish to spend there hours and hours and even more hours :roll:
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Postby Stewsburntmonkey » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:10 am

rus|Mike wrote:True, true.

I could have registered there myself but endless discussions is my weakness :P I've no wish to spend there hours and hours and even more hours :roll:


You mean you have better things to do than argue with insensible dolts? ;)

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