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Johnguitars
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:00 am    Post subject: Speed of light Reply with quote
Correct if I am wrong, (Please form an orderly queue to do so.) but are these facts just coincidence?

The speed of light = 186,000 miles per second.

Diameter of Earth's orbit = 186,000,000 miles.

Therefore the Earth's orbit is exactly 1000 light seconds.

Coincidence or Godincidence?
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Dar
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
if the facts you post are true then thats pretty nifty.


but i doubt that even if there was a god then the number '1000' for the earth's orbit in "light seconds" would be significant in any way, just because its even and somewhat significant to humans.
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exton
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Is this serious? I mean, are you seriously offering this as evidence, in any sense, of god?

First of all, what's so special about 1,000? If earth's orbit were exactly 3.14159... hundred million miles across, then that would be cool. But 1,000 is pretty meaningless.

And - why miles? Miles are totally arbitrary. They didn't even exist when god supposedly made the universe. Even if he had somehow decided that 1000 was special, and foresaw the use of miles, why would he use that as the unit? Why not kilometers? A lot more people use kilometers than miles.

And then there's the error.

Earth's average orbit is not 186,000,000 miles across - it's about 185,911,855. It doesn't even have a single diameter, because it's an ellipse! Not a circle.

The speed of light isn't 186,000 miles per second. It's 186,282.397 miles per second.

So how many light seconds is that actually?

998.01085875011582549047830858651

Not such a pretty number, now is it?
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Dar
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
exton wrote:
Is this serious? I mean, are you seriously offering this as evidence, in any sense, of god?

First of all, what's so special about 1,000? If earth's orbit were exactly 3.14159... hundred million miles across, then that would be cool. But 1,000 is pretty meaningless.

And - why miles? Miles are totally arbitrary. They didn't even exist when god supposedly made the universe. Even if he had somehow decided that 1000 was special, and foresaw the use of miles, why would he use that as the unit? Why not kilometers? A lot more people use kilometers than miles.

And then there's the error.

Earth's average orbit is not 186,000,000 miles across - it's about 185,911,855. It doesn't even have a single diameter, because it's an ellipse! Not a circle.

The speed of light isn't 186,000 miles per second. It's 186,282.397 miles per second.

So how many light seconds is that actually?

998.01085875011582549047830858651

Not such a pretty number, now is it?


which is almost exactly what i was thinking and trying to put out. Very Happy
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Lester
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think your pretty 998.01085875011582549047830858651, don't listen to those meanies.
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