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09 April 2014 @ 06:01 am
Satirists cannot work under these conditions  
Wiseasses like me frequently mock young-earth creationists and other science deniers by suggesting that they turn their attentions to the heresy of Godless heliocentrism. One of them (who has similarly plausible beliefs about the Holocaust being faked) has done precisely that, using clips from real scientists and Star Trek's Captain Janeway out of context to pretend that they believe that nonsense too.

Thanx to Tor.com.
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on April 9th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
Hell, I saw a YouTube clip of a man genuinely and sincerely explaining why the Earth was flat. He was a Muslim fundamentalist, not Christian, which just shows that stupidity exists cross-culturally.
Maia Cmaiac on April 9th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded of the anti-Islam YouTube video that caused such a furor a couple of years ago. It featured actors who were told they'd be in an entirely different film.
Johnjohnpalmer on April 9th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Technically, Einstein proved that heliocentrism works, it just requires a very strange set of relative motion.

Hm. There's a really odd science fiction story in which it's proved certain craziness about cosmology goes away, but *only* if you construct Newton's laws in a universe where the earth is the literal center.

(And another one where that's brought out, and the room breaks into laughter, "sorry, that was rude, but it turns out that works for *every* populated planet, and it's so *precious* when a new planet discovers this queer fact for the first time, and thinks it's Deeply Meaningful. And really - it is pretty fucking odd, isn't it?")