Friday, 24 June 2011

Debating closed minded idiots - avoid it!

Some thoughts.... 

One of the problems with arguing with idiots is that you have to dumb down your speech in a way that they can understand and comprehend. You have to try to teach them. This is a thankless and impossible task as  the reason some people as such closed minded idiots is that their ego convinces them that they are a God and they have been blessed with the knowledge of everything. That's all you need to know to deal with closed minded idiots, simply ignore them. They are angry for psychological reasons. Nearly all men, and materialists. As such they are handicapped by a typically male way of thinking which perverts knowledge of the universe from being assembled. The male way of thinking is, in its simple form, reliant upon practicality, for evolutionary survivalist reasons and only relies upon basic realities which are placed in front of them.

Skeptics have little to no education:

One of the characteristics of various skeptics is their lack of education. They are often entertainers, or magicians, aka, the 'Amazing Randi'. In other words, they are the pot calling what they think is the kettle black. Skeptics have deep rooted issues and usually a diseased mind. 


The best way, I have found, to deal with an idiot of the skeptical type, it to be slightly rude and dismissive. This assists in making them angry. Once they are angry, their true colors can show. Being slightly rude with some underhand remarks is hilarious in itself, and assists in several ways. The skeptical idiot will always start to lash out as soon as they realize that their ego is under threat from new ideas. This will cause them to feel hurt and annoyed. This has a hilarious effect, (stand back), but making them feel they might not know everything is certainly worth it. A side effect is they could start bashing their wife, so go easy. The aim is always to show them new things they may not have encountered, which might be useful for them one day. If they start going off on a tangent, simply accuse them of concocting a straw-man argument and tell them they have have failed. This will trigger some fireworks. Not backing down is an excellent technique as well as all skeptical idiots are on a holy crusade from the atheist creator of the universe to convert everyone to their way of thinking. 

If a skeptical idiot starts to cite 'peer review', simply inform them that their science is only made by one or two people who have written a paper and several others who have approved it. Tell them that one can count these people on one hand and that everyone else is 'peer pressure, not peer review'. This works because it is the truth. One can also say that science changes every ten years, so nothing is sacred. 

Just remember, do not converse with idiots of a closed minded variety, on topics of universal import. Stick to talking about the sport. It is otherwise a thankless task. 


Thursday, 16 June 2011

That Lunar Eclipse was Awesome!

The total lunar eclipse of 16/6/2011 was truly something to behold!

I will be posting some of my astronomical discoveries in the Nibiru-info blog, or this one, when the time comes. I might even abandon that blog, and just stick to this one, for the promulgation of some of my quaint ideas. lol.

Let's just say that @ ~80% eclipse coverage with the Earth's penumbra, through the telescope, the moon appears to have a mottled surface similar to the Sun. This is extraordinary. It was visible with the well-collimated 8" f/5 (what I call the 'Royal Observatory') @ 50x magnification.

This was one of the finest adventures ever! We had placed a nice banana lounge on the driveway, and rugged up nicely. I also dragged a small armchair onto the driveway and another fold up chair. In this position we reclined and watched the view. I was however, far too excited with events and had to keep rushing inside for drawing equipment. This eclipse would have to be documented. This (pencil and exercise book), is the way they did it for hundreds of years and remains, today, the most efficient form of recording information.

I recorded some amazing, (for me) details.

1) The moon looks JUST LIKE MARS when it is eclipsed. The maria are thus volcanic elevations, as they seem to be on the moon. In normal light they are well defined. In red light, they become VERY mysterious looking indeed. Their borders become more ill-defined. In fact the moon is a red-shifted version of Mars!

The naked-eye moon during eclipse looks just like Mars through a telescope!

2) I discovered something which may never have been noticed before. Between 90% and 70% eclipse, the Moon looked very much like the sun! I am saying that it seemed to exhibit a mottled texture unlike what I have seen before. I think the intense blue-laser light show which is normally put on by the moon tends to hide many aspects of the lunar surface. As evidence, I point out the fact that the moon looks like a ball when eclipsed and looks totally flat when normally full.

3) Just before eclipse the moon was as full as it possibly can be in normal sunlight. It was ellipsoid ! It is not round at all, but shaped slightly like an asteroid!

4 ) There appear to be some very strange white lines on the moon. These are known as 'Lunar Rays' and they emanate from craters.

Lunar rays from the crater of Tycho:

These lunar rays still look very bright when the moon is eclipsed, but there are a lot more of them. These rays are very controversial. The explanation in 'A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy' (p. 108), which, 30 years on, is the book to turn any serious amateur into a professional, claims that the best explanation is that they are cracks in the crust which have been caused by the impact. These cracks have then been filled with pure lunar dust to a depth of several miles. Without knowing this, my brother suggested they must be rivers, perhaps leading into the crater, which is an obvious depression. Who knows. Anyway, they seem to become a lot more prominent during the eclipse. What was apparent during observation was that there are white cracks between non-maria darker sections. These cracks do not seem to be apparent when the moon is its regular self. During an eclipse however, the cracks seem to come out.

Anyway, the moon went down, as it got closer to the horizon it reached a pseudo-diamond ring effect. That is to say the Earth's umbra was in the center of the moon, making the eclipse really total. The exploding volcano in Chilli however has kicked a huge amount of dust into the atmosphere, so this has hindered seeing. We then moved onto the planets. My mother saw Mercury through the telescope for the first time! This excited her tremendously as she had never seen it before. The current astrological time has most of the planets lined up together on the far side of the solar system, nicely visible just before sunrise. First to rise was Jupiter around 3AM, later Mars, (Which I had not seen in years). (It was so tiny!). Next came Venus and then we spotted a nice Mercury a few degrees to the right. If you are curious, Mercury is very tiny. It looked like a warping multicolored disco ball  - ie: we didn't really have that good a view of it. The rising Sun ruins the atmosphere and the very low angle of elevation makes things even worse!


P. Clay Sherrod, A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy - tools and techniques for Astronomical Observatories, New Jersey 1981.