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Re: Searching for the unknown

Gregg1956 Dec 31, 2011 1:19 PM
Posted in group: The Other Sentient Side
Welcome to the Sky forum Orion Chieftain!

I agree with (most of) what ET said, but I'd like to clarify a point: 100% of the objects in your tour, including the blue objects, are quite common and well known to both regular users of Sky and to the scientists/astronomers that analyzed the data long ago when it first came out. (Some of the DSS imagery in Sky goes back to the 1950's.)

The objects in your tour are data errors, artifacts caused by light during the image gathering process, and just poorly resolved galaxies and stars.

Before "Searching for the unknown", it would be wise to first learn about what is known.

Mostly, though, I'd like to point out that your description of science is, quite frankly, entirely wrong. Science is not about doubting "every aspect or element that we encounter in our life". It's about observing the natural world/universe and developing testable explanations based on those observations. Sure, scientists have doubts occasionally but mostly when claims are made that have no observable evidence to support them. Sometimes radically new ideas are met with doubt and opposition, but if it's a sound, testable theory, the truth will win out.

An example: Galileo, after observing the motions of the planets, had doubts about geocentrism, or the belief that everything revolved around the Earth, even the sun. He proposed that the Earth and all the planets orbited the sun, not a brand new idea, but a very unpopular one at the time. He was charged withe heresy by the Roman Inquisition and was also opposed by many astronomers of the time.

Observations finally won out. So much evidence pointed toward the sun being the center of our solar system that even The Church reversed their opinion. (And it only took them a century or two to admit it.)

Science is about finding the truth through observations and removing any doubt with evidence.

It's not about doubting everything.

The cool thing about science is that it is open to challenge. Theories that don't work (like geocentrism) are cast aside and replaced. Other theories (like Newton's) hold true but are always being expanded upon and updated or improved.

My world view is one of evidence-based reality. I want to know what is really going on around me, right now, today. I want to know the most likely answers as to how the universe works. So I'm not going to worry about what might happen if "beings" suddenly reshape the very fabric of my existence. Whatever that means.

And thank you science for this computer/internet that allows me to exchange ideas, and for Google Sky, and for just about everything that improves my life and makes it enjoyable.
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