Who named this planet "Earth"?---turning into Origins of "Earth"

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    Jul 28, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    ok im like a huge scifi geek and i just got home and caught the finale to battlestar galactica....yea it already aired but im a fan so i watched it again...It made me start thinking after watching the last 9 minutes...... Who named this planet Earth? Did we really evolve? how did humans know that there were so many planets out there way before the telescope was invented? Are we being tested as a race? And by whom? what do you guys think? Is it possible that there was a previous Apocalypse trillions of years ago and we were given another chance to prove ourselves? What do you guys think?

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    Jul 28, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    tereseus1 said Who named this planet Earth? Did we really evolve? how did humans know that there were so many planets out there way before the telescope was invented? Are we being tested as a race? And by whom?


    1) Earth

    2) yes

    3) stars appear to move in a fixed course through the sky, planets do crazy shit instead.

    4) yes

    5) us
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    Jul 28, 2009 9:01 PM GMT

    The planet Earth is made of Earth, which is why it is called The Earth.

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    Science fact can answer these questions, not Science Fiction. We named the planet because we named everything else. We evolved because we have the bones to prove it. To answer your third question, the stars gave us a clue. Yes, we are tested as a race, by ourselves, EVERYDAY! Yes, there was an apocalypse trillions of years ago: some rocks slammed into each other.

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    Jul 28, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    On point 3, yes, planets are literally "wanderers" whose celestial motions as viewed by humans on earth do not follow the uniform order of the stars. It's their unique transit through the heavens that makes them different from stars, not their composition.

    Because otherwise planets still look like specks of light to the unaided eye, so that before the telescope their true nature wasn't known. And their full number in our solar system wasn't known, either, since the more distant planets couldn't be seen.

    The "Big Bang" theory of the universe only brings us back in time some billions of years ago. What precedes the Big Bang is unknown, and it's possible to speculate that countless consecutive Big Bangs have occurred over trillions of years. But as it's presumed nothing tangible would survive from the previous incarnation of the Universe during a Big Bang event, no one expects to find evidence of prior universes.

    It appears that for now, with our current knowledge, what we see is what we've got.

    As for life on Earth, I think it's entirely possible to be the result of colonization by space microbes, that arose in some other part of the Universe. Or even a mix, of indigenously occurring life, and extra-terrestrial life. That idea is actually not new, and was already forming the basis of novels like HG Wells' "In the Days of the Comet" published in 1906, well over 100 years ago.
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    Jul 29, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
    1-5 what the zombie said.

    6. I think the bottom image of the solar system that you posted is WAAAAY fucked up. Why are they on coplanar perfectly circular orbits? Especially Pluto and the comets?

    7. Occam's razor. Do not add anything unnecessary to a proposed explanation of a natural phenomenon. Sure the big bang was apocalyptic. Beyond that anything else is pure conjecture. Do not create a god from the gaps of your knowledge.

    Remember what the old cartographers did?

    Hic sunt dracones

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    "Here be dragons"

    I'm still wondering where the dragons went.

    8. I think you should put down science fiction for a bit and read real science.
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    Jul 29, 2009 1:56 PM GMT
    I wrote a a paper for college in which I contradicted the Big Bang theory.
    Instead I said it was a "Big Collapse Theory" in that the universe was really a smooth, flat, pristine surface on which soon matter begin collecting....over the years more and more matter collected on this surface and within time WHAM! it collapsed under the weight, thus giving birth to the planets & stars we see today.
    If you doubt this, then set up a card table in your basement/rec room/garage and wait 3 months.......
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidI wrote a a paper for college in which I contradicted the Big Bang theory.
    Instead I said it was a "Big Collapse Theory" in that the universe was really a smooth, flat, pristine surface on which soon matter begin collecting....over the years more and more matter collected on this surface and within time WHAM! it collapsed under the weight, thus giving birth to the planets & stars we see today.
    If you doubt this, then set up a card table in your basement/rec room/garage and wait 3 months.......
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    Hypothesis Inconsistency #1: Doppler Effect
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidI wrote a a paper for college in which I contradicted the Big Bang theory.
    Instead I said it was a "Big Collapse Theory" in that the universe was really a smooth, flat, pristine surface on which soon matter begin collecting....over the years more and more matter collected on this surface and within time WHAM! it collapsed under the weight, thus giving birth to the planets & stars we see today.
    If you doubt this, then set up a card table in your basement/rec room/garage and wait 3 months.......
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    and if I was your prof. i would have failed you and insisted that you stay back for extra coaching icon_wink.gificon_razz.gif. with the extra coaching to take place in my officeicon_wink.gificon_razz.gif
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    Blackguy:
    With you as my Prof, I would have failed....wouldn't have been paying attention to what was being said...can't listen while tongue hanging out of mouth.....LOL
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Sedative said[/cite

    Hypothesis Inconsistency #1: Doppler Effect[/quote]

    Sedative...can you stop trying to impress everyone with your knowledge for one New York second and enjoy a joke?icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:18 PM GMT

    The Big Bang Theory rocks!

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    I could love a man like Sheldon!
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    Ha!
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:47 PM GMT
    No jokes allowed in this seriuz forum. I'm grading your college paper. read.gif
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    Jul 29, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    The only thing unexplained is how you came to this point to propose these questions seriously.
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    Jul 29, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    calibro saidThe only thing unexplained is how you came to this point to propose these questions seriously.


    if your a fan of the series im referring about you would understand why i asked. Just youtube it.
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    Jul 29, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    [quote]Where did the name 'Earth' come from?

    I was discussing the relative smallness of human history compared to the evolution and size of the universe when a student asked me this question: "Who named the Earth 'Earth'? When? Why? Does this answer apply to the origins of the French word Terre?"

    Unfortunately, I think it's pretty impossible to say exactly who first named the planet 'Earth'. Actually, I really doubt one person really named it intentionally; rather it developed over time as part of the English language. Earth is Old English and German in origin, related to the Old Saxon 'ertha', the Dutch 'aerde', and the German 'erda'. Terra is a French and Latin word, and so isn't part of the 'Earth' etymology. I'm not really an expert on words and word origins, but it seems likely that people used Earth to mean 'land' and then it was the natural thing to refer to all the land and the planet. I tried to look up more specific details about the specific usage of the word over time, but even the Oxford English Dictionary (online) admits:

    "Men's notions of the shape and position of the earth have so greatly changed since Old Teutonic times, while the language of the older notions has long outlived them, that it is very difficult to arrange the senses and applications of the word in any historical order."

    So, as with the names of the other planets that have been known throughout human history (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn), it's difficult to say who first thought of the planet as Earth. The names were part of culture even before we really understood the significance of what planets are and where they are in space. For more information on astronomical names, please see the previously asked questions listed below.

    Note (KLM) The name of the Sun has a similar origin to that of the Earth.
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    http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=451
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    Jul 29, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said...Yes, there was an apocalypse trillions of years ago: some rocks slammed into each other.
    Trillions is a bit of hyperbole, unless you're a Scientologist.
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    Jul 29, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    GuiltyGear said...Yes, there was an apocalypse trillions of years ago: some rocks slammed into each other.
    Trillions is a bit of hyperbole, unless you're a Scientologist.


    Well, as you may know - I've been accused of speaking for God. So in my official capacity of God's spokesman I have to let you know there's no hyperbole. As a matter of fact there was an undercounting by a couple of years... it was actually quadrillions of years ago that the apocalypse occurred.
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    Jul 29, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidBlackguy:
    With you as my Prof, I would have failed....wouldn't have been paying attention to what was being said...can't listen while tongue hanging out of mouth.....LOL
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    ohhhhh, and on those lecture days, I would have made sure to go commando just to make sure you get somewhat a full effect...
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    Jul 29, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said...it was actually quadrillions of years ago that the apocalypse occurred.
    Well, that sure explains the preponderance of cold neutron stars.
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    Jul 29, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    To answer your first question... call me crazy, but I think some earthlings did icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 29, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    BodyWork4 saidTo answer your first question... call me crazy, but I think some earthlings did icon_biggrin.gif


    Oh you are so crazy. Name was given by the Zontarians from the Virgo cluster; who left and never to be heard of again, after seeding our blue ball.
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    Jul 29, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    I hate being labeled 'earthling'!

    I hate that word!
    I hate the way it sounds!
    I hate the way it reads!
    I hate what it explies!
    I hate it!
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    Jul 29, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Who named the planet "Earth"?

    Apparently it was God himself on the third day of Creation. - Genesis 1:10 KJV