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01 January 2012

LUEE Episode 7: Geocentrism and Biblical Cosmology

Episode 7: Geocentrism and Biblical Cosmology

In this episode of Life, the Universe, & Everything Else, Richelle McCullough, Javier Hernandez-Melgar, and Gem Newman discuss how we know that the Earth is not stationary at the centre of the universe, and why the Bible is not a good source of knowledge about cosmology.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: In Which the World Revolves Around Robert Sungenis (Part 1, Part 2) | The Scriptural Basis for a Geocentric Cosmology | What is Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation? | How Do We Understand the Coriolis Force? | Michelson-Morley Experiment (Wikipedia) | Sean Carroll's Cosmology Primer | Sean Carroll on Geocentrism | Phil Plait on Geocentrism

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Correction: On this episode, I made an offhand reference to the fact that a 200C homeopathic dilution of Oscillococcinum is "like diluting a jug of milk in the Milky Way galaxy". When I listened to the episode after it aired, I realised that I'd made an error. What I had described is actually much closer to the standard 30C homeopathic dilution (it's about 33C). So what would a 200C dilution look like? Well, it's impossible to describe a 200C dilution in these terms, because there are insufficient atoms in the universe (by about 320 orders of magnitude, I might add). This is why homeopaths need to use serial dilution to make their potions.

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