Quote# 40749

"The way it's done is to pick a star and stare at it. Hold up your thumb and index finger in a "pincher" shape about 6 inches from your eye. Open and close pincher until all you can see it the light in the sky. Now, measure the exact distance of your pincher opening with a Stanley tape measure and multiply by any arbitrary big number. Now, divide in half and call it light years. You'll be about as close as the scientists best guess."

"missionary", atheistforums.com 58 Comments [6/11/2008 6:34:31 PM]
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Terry Stroud

Is there something in our drinking water?

6/11/2008 6:36:48 PM

TheOutsider

The science education in this country is in such a sorry state.

6/11/2008 6:38:49 PM

Brian-sama

I wouldn't call this "fundie" so much as "fucking dumb."

6/11/2008 6:38:55 PM

Quaffer

Home schooling project, I'm sure.

6/11/2008 6:41:32 PM

Mister Spak

Do that with the sun and tell us how far away the sun is. Take your time getting the finger distance correct.

6/11/2008 6:44:50 PM

Beeblebrox

Dooooooooooouuuuuuuuuccccchhhhhe....

....bbbbaaaaaaaaagggggggg.

6/11/2008 6:45:43 PM

DevNull

"You'll be about as close as the scientists best guess"

True a scientists uninformed guess would be pretty bad. However, scientists do not guess. They use carefull measurement and maths.

6/11/2008 6:46:48 PM

emau99

You obviously don't understand much about astronomy.

6/11/2008 6:56:39 PM

Depth perception.

Imagine your eyes were 3x10^11 meters apart, instead of a couple inches. That works for nearer objects. The phenomenon is known as parallax, and can be calculated.

The measurement of really distant objects depends upon the known standard brightness of a specific stellar type (which, I forgot) and the distance can be calculated from its perceived brightness.

6/11/2008 6:57:23 PM

Osiris

We need to do something about our school's science classes.

6/11/2008 6:58:59 PM

ScienceDT

holy Mother of Ignorance.

6/11/2008 7:05:07 PM

Lucilius

Well, yeah. If your scientist is crosseyed, can't do math, is drunk, and has had numerous Bible-thumping-induced brain injuries.

In other words, a "creation scientist."

6/11/2008 7:09:33 PM

approximate

Career WalMart Greeter.

6/11/2008 7:10:04 PM

Jocelyn

6/11/2008 7:21:31 PM

Eden

@Osiris:
2008-Jun-11 06:58 PM

We need to do something about our school's science classes.

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I fear this would be useless.
By homeschooling these fundies avoid any regular scientific education in favor for whatever the twisted logic of the fundie parents produces to let it appear as if a literal interpretation of the bible is in accordance with science or at least to make it appear as if science is less reliable than the bible

6/11/2008 7:21:50 PM

Princess Rot

*facepalm*

6/11/2008 7:24:07 PM

Horsefeathers

"The way it's done is to pick a star and stare at it. Hold up your thumb and index finger in a "pincher" shape about 6 inches from your eye. Open and close pincher until all you can see it the light in the sky. Now, measure the exact distance of your pincher opening with a Stanley tape measure and multiply by any arbitrary big number. Now, divide in half and call it light years. You'll be about as close as the scientists best guess."

Not quite. My understanding is that you measure the angle to the star during a given night and then, exactly half the year later, you take another measurement from the other side of the sun. You can then use triangulation to get a reasonably rough distance to the star.

I'm sure there are other more sophisticated and much more accurate methods but even someone of your limited intellect could handle this one.

6/11/2008 7:27:07 PM

Papabear

Yeah, and if you measure the width of your butt and multiply by 15 that's how long you'll live in dog years on Mars, but scientists always cover this up.

6/11/2008 7:32:33 PM

Damen

*BUZZ!* Wrong, dumb-ass!

A light year is the distance light travels in one year's time, which is exactly 9,460,730,472,580.8 km.

Go directly back to school, do not pass go, do not collect \$200 dollars.

6/11/2008 7:46:33 PM

No.

Real scientists use Swingline tape measures!

6/11/2008 7:48:46 PM

aaa

You are either a good troll or an imbecile.

6/11/2008 7:59:50 PM

Mayhem

I'd split the difference and say he's a good imbecile.

6/11/2008 8:10:33 PM

Viva

This is so sad. It's not even funny.

6/11/2008 8:16:30 PM

Axx

"Do that with the sun and tell us how far away the sun is. Take your time getting the finger distance correct."

But that would fry his retin-... Oh wait, I see what you did there.

6/11/2008 8:16:46 PM

anti-nonsense

Um...no. That's NOT how it's done.