I was reading a new press release from Texas Freedom Network about Texas lawmakers introducing bills to change the education code to allow teachers and such to possible introduce Intelligent Design into the classroom. In the example of how this new bill could disrupt the teaching of fact based science they referenced a website that advocates Earth centrism, the belief that everything in the universe revolves around the Earth. When I first went to the website it looks an old site that reminded me of the web site I had back in the mid 1990’s hosted in my AOL account. But then I noticed the links had been updated very recently.
Just take a look around in the site and read some of the absurd “facts” given to prove that everything revolves around the Earth. Here is one quote that I picked out stating facts that have to be “assumed” and that are not proven in order for the Earth to rotate.
5) The Earth’s atmosphere must be assumed to be just an airy, fixed extension of the alleged rotating Earth. It is assumed and must be assumed that this atmosphere must have the remarkable ability to synchronize speeds of objects in it at all altitudes–birds, clouds, jets, low orbit satellites, alleged geo-synchronous satellites over 22,000 miles out–and to be unaffected by alleged Earth movements of speeds ranging from 1000 MPH to 67,000 MPH to 500,000 MPH to 660,000,000 MPH. This assumption is mandatory once the rotating Earth assumption is made and can not be ignored in the helio model of the eclipse phenomena.
This statement just tweaked me a little when I read it. I am not the smartest guy around, but even I know some easy to point out flaws in this statement. They say this has to be true in order for the earth to be rotating in the heliocentric model. But this statement is not true even for a rotating earth. Geo-synchronous satellites could care less if the earth was rotating or not. They are put into orbit above the equator at a certain altitude so that they orbit the earth at the same speed the earth spins. If the earth were to spin faster then they would be at higher orbits or if the earth spin slower they would be at lower orbits. If the earth were not to spin at all then there would not be such a thing as geo-synchronous orbits. Also, the atmosphere is not synchronized with the rotation of the earth, hence the reason we have hurricanes and typhoons and trade winds in general.
I could go on and on all day debunking this site with just commonly observable facts. Just my quick 10 minute browse of this site makes me wonder (but grateful) how we were able to get out of the dark ages of burning witches at the stake and talking to burning bushes. Oh ya, science is the reason why. Fact based, falsifiable science.
On the early note, if you do live in Texas make sure you keep up with the Texas Freedom Network blog and see how you can help stave off the anti-science antics of the Texas lawmakers. This much more of a threat to our future generations.