Moon reflects light - angers folk

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    Sep 26, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    "Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

    As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

    But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

    Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

    But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

    The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

    At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

    This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment."

    http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/blogs/bill-nye-bood-in-texas-for
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    Sep 26, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    I find it humourous that people from Waco are probably called Wacos (or should be).
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    Sep 27, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    Ghen saidI find it humourous that people from Waco are probably called Wacos (or should be).


    That would be funny if it were pronounced like "wacko" (little a), but Waco is pronounced way-co (big A).
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    Sep 27, 2009 1:50 AM GMT

    It's elementary, m'k.

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    Sep 27, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    Waco's also believe the EARTH IS FLAT!
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    Sep 27, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    Ganymede0 saidThat would be funny if it were pronounced like "wacko" (little a), but Waco is pronounced way-co (big A).

    I think they've earned the pronunciation Wacko. Another Republican stronghold.
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    Sep 27, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    > he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

    Hah. Maybe he'll also claim that the fire is also just a reflection of the sun... when we burn him at the stake.


    > Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

    Obviously the moron hasn't heard of conservation of energy. It's not like you can "consume" energy.

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    Sep 27, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    Another example of religious nut jobs - in this case Wack-jobs.
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    Sep 27, 2009 2:57 AM GMT

    He should show them a potato light. They might stone him for being a witch.
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    Sep 27, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
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    Sep 27, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    Showing the Ass of Jesus to Our Friends in Waco:

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    Sep 27, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    Can natural selection speed up and get rid of these people?
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    Sep 27, 2009 8:21 AM GMT
    You couldn´t make this stuff up. icon_lol.gif



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    Sep 27, 2009 9:13 AM GMT

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    Sep 27, 2009 11:16 AM GMT
    Technically, according to Webster online a source of light is defined in many ways including:

    a : something that makes vision possible


    The Moon does in fact fall under this category.




    some are out to prove while others are out to disprove. Where do you stand?





    My two cents ;)
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    Sep 27, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    joeyveras saidTechnically, according to Webster online a source of light is defined in many ways including:

    a : something that makes vision possible


    The Moon does in fact fall under this category.




    some are out to prove while others are out to disprove. Where do you stand?





    My two cents ;)


    Wrong. By itself, the moon is useless in making vision possible. It cannot do so without it's source of light - the sun.
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    Sep 27, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
    And we complain about religious excesses in Other countries icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 27, 2009 11:42 AM GMT
    McGay said
    joeyveras saidTechnically, according to Webster online a source of light is defined in many ways including:

    a : something that makes vision possible


    The Moon does in fact fall under this category.




    some are out to prove while others are out to disprove. Where do you stand?





    My two cents ;)


    Wrong. By itself, the moon is useless in making vision possible. It cannot do so without it's source of light - the sun.



    The Moon is no different than a light bulb that will go out when the fuse fails or when the power is out. Still, it is a light souce according to the definition given by Webster (*a : something that makes vision possible). Even the Sun can and will fail to be a light source at it's given time. It's a Star just like the others in the night sky and has a expiration date. Does that not make it a light source?
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    Sep 27, 2009 11:53 AM GMT
    joeyveras said
    McGay said
    joeyveras saidTechnically, according to Webster online a source of light is defined in many ways including:

    a : something that makes vision possible

    The Moon does in fact fall under this category.

    some are out to prove while others are out to disprove. Where do you stand?

    My two cents ;)


    Wrong. By itself, the moon is useless in making vision possible. It cannot do so without it's source of light - the sun.


    The Moon is no different than a light bulb that will go out when the fuse fails or when the power is out. Still, it is a light souce according to the definition given by Webster. Even the Sun can and will fail to be a light source at it's given time. It's a Star just like the others in the night sky and has a expiration date. Does that not make it a light source?


    Our moon is far different from a light bulb: a light bulb lights up due to electrical wiring and the application of electricity. No matter how much lighting you hit the Moon with, you're not going to get it to light up.

    The comparison you can make is that our moon functions like glass, shiny rocks (which is what it in effect is, a big shiny rock), or a mirror. It will reflect the light shone onto it. It itself is not a source of light and will not function as one without a pre-existing light source.

    Our sun lights up because it consists of burning gasses (and more). It does not require a pre-existing light source in order to give light. When it dies, it may no longer have light-producing qualities; this does not preclude from being a light source as long as it can produce light.
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth said
    joeyveras said
    McGay said
    joeyveras saidTechnically, according to Webster online a source of light is defined in many ways including:

    a : something that makes vision possible

    The Moon does in fact fall under this category.

    some are out to prove while others are out to disprove. Where do you stand?

    My two cents ;)


    Wrong. By itself, the moon is useless in making vision possible. It cannot do so without it's source of light - the sun.


    The Moon is no different than a light bulb that will go out when the fuse fails or when the power is out. Still, it is a light souce according to the definition given by Webster. Even the Sun can and will fail to be a light source at it's given time. It's a Star just like the others in the night sky and has a expiration date. Does that not make it a light source?


    Our moon is far different from a light bulb: a light bulb lights up due to electrical wiring and the application of electricity. No matter how much lighting you hit the Moon with, you're not going to get it to light up.

    The comparison you can make is that our moon functions like glass, shiny rocks (which is what it in effect is, a big shiny rock), or a mirror. It will reflect the light shone onto it. It itself is not a source of light and will not function as one without a pre-existing light source.

    Our sun lights up because it consists of burning gasses (and more). It does not require a pre-existing light source in order to give light. When it dies, it may no longer have light-producing qualities; this does not preclude from being a light source as long as it can produce light.



    Loving the science btw. Common sense knowledge now. No bullshit:
    I am only aiming to point out that the Moon is a light source for us here on Earth. If you've ever been camping or walked in the forest in the middle of the night, you know WTF I'm talking about. It's a source of light. A bulb is nothing without the application of electricity. The Sun is nothing without the gases. The Moon is nothing without the Sun but then again neither is mankind. Let's deal with the scenario that includes human beings.
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    It reflects light, it doesn't generate it.
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    so the bible is still literally true! Yeee haw. I can now marry my brother´s wife when he dies to have children for him. Texans will love that icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:07 PM GMT
    McGay saidIt reflects light, it doesn't generate it.



    I get that. Whether it reflects it or generates it, it still provide us with light, correct? Is it a light as defined by Webster and If it were not there would we have that light?
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidso the bible is still literally true! Yeee haw. I can now marry my brother´s wife when he dies to have children for him. Texans will love that icon_rolleyes.gif


    Only if he forgets to wear reflective clothing and suffers severe moonburn.
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    Sep 27, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    joeyveras said
    McGay saidIt reflects light, it doesn't generate it.



    I get that. Whether it reflects it or generates it, it still provide us with light, correct? Is it a light as defined by Webster and If it were not there would we have that light?


    No, it, per se, doesn't provide us with light. It relays the light provided by the sun.