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Natural thinking, common sense, and science?

  1. Nov 22, 2008 #1
    I just watched some pbs program about the universe, and the conclusion was that existence is no accident, its the universe working for billions of years... seriously? you just wasted 1hr of my time to tell me something a little kid couldve told me in 10secs..?

    Im no scientist... but i can take a quik look around and figure lotta stuff out... but these scientists take years, decades to come up with some simple answer that they couldve gotten by takin a quick look around and figuring it out from there... I always thought scientists were very smart peoples... like a higher class of human!!!!! but now that Im older they look no different than politician... teacher... priest... is like, no "common" sense at all!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. Nov 22, 2008 #2

    I really don't know what you just said. The only reason you could have told me that the universe is billions of years old is because scientists already found that out and you heard about it somewhere. If you didn't already know, you'd have no idea how old it could be.
  4. Nov 22, 2008 #3


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    this is the same method by which people came to the following conclusions:

    Hitler was right (I mean obviously, the bankers did it and we know all Jews are bankers!)
    The Earth is flat (of course the whole tortoise thing is silly!)
    The Earth is hollow and we're living on the inside of it. (personal favorite)
    The Earth is the center of the universe (I mean, duhhh, there's universe forever in every direction, we MUST be at the center of it! All you have to do is look with your own eyes?)

    Just out of curiousity, what does your intuition tell you about the behavior of subatomic particles, Hexnergy?

    Does increasing the pressure of a gas increase it's velocity? (hey! no Google!)
  5. Nov 22, 2008 #4


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    I've seen that show and you apparently didn't understand it.
  6. Nov 22, 2008 #5
    you are right! thats exactly my point... we know information about things because somebody started asking questions... and building a knowledge base, but its like today scientists are shocked to find out that the universe is this old... or theres a new planet... or this or that, i bet they gonna be shocked once they find a planet with life... i mean cmon, there are planets with life out there... this planet is not special... no accident... but if you say something like this you get rediculed... but these are the same scientist that will tell you with smile on their face about the big bang... but ask them what happened before it, and they tell you its philosophy blah blah blah... wow, how about replacing big bang with creation and before big bang call it god and call yourself a priest, mr scientist? no difference really... is like the real scientist were the ancient ones makin real discoveries, observations....

    even for religios people there are other stuff in their world like angels, demons, etc... i was watching a program about fracteals the other day and it occured to me that everything that exists is a fracteal... atoms have a nucleus (sun), and electrons (planets) orbiting the nucleus... same thing with solar system orbiting center of galaxys, and probably galaxys orbiting something else... i mean, is common sense!
  7. Nov 22, 2008 #6


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    Scientists aren't "shocked" to find out the age of the universe, or that there are planets to be discovered.

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