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Avoiding controversial debates with the public?

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#126 Galaxy_Mike

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:05 AM

Somebody said something at a more or less public viewing last summer and I about choked, I think. They said Jesus named the stars. I am not aware of any religious source for this, even though I have read the Bible quite a bit. Nice sentiment I suppose. I wish I'd mentioned all the Arab star names.

 

There's not much you can do. 


 

#127 PondJumper

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:20 AM

Next time tell that kid to go buy a telescope so he can more easily view the evidence of God's glory.


 

#128 oldtimer

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:09 PM

..OR the evidence of what the universe's natural processes can produce!.


 

#129 amicus sidera

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:21 PM

...preferably using a telescope that no one actually made; one that, like the universe, just happened:grin:


Edited by amicus sidera, 06 August 2014 - 02:22 PM.

 

#130 David Knisely

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 03:50 PM

Not long after Hyde Observatory opened (maybe 25 to 30 years ago), I was on the telescope deck when a small group of people came up and wanted a look at the Pleiades.  I found out a few minutes later that they were part of a group that believed that they descended from people that came from the Pleiades star cluster.  The lady in the little group who I showed the cluster to in our 8 inch f/6 Newtonian kind of got a little quieter when I mentioned the cluster was probably less than 100 million years old (kind of a short timeframe for intelligent life to develop there and come up with a star drive to travel to Earth).  Thankfully, she didn't press the issue.  All we can do with people like this is provide the information we can, be polite, and hope they do the same. 


 

#131 dag55

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:40 PM

...preferably using a telescope that no one actually made; one that, like the universe, just happened:grin:

After all give it enough time, plus some chance and oh I almost forget you must add some matter into the equation, yep a Takahashi on the way any. BTW matter is made up of charger energy particles, so by necessity energy must precede matter, just were did the energy come from and why without a designer would it transform itself into matter. I don't have that much faith. This all must precede the so called big bang, so according to physics there must be a first cause and the effect cannot be greater than the cause, what was the first cause? 

Dane


 

#132 tecmage

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 05:46 PM

Closed the topic earlier to remove off-topic posts.  


 

#133 nitegeezer

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:09 PM

The title of this thread is "Avoiding controversial debates with the public" and I would suggest that should be continued in this thread.  

 

Please get back on topic so I don't have to lock this thread.


 

#134 nitegeezer

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 03:02 PM

This thread is now locked.


 


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