April 11

Circles of Life

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

(Psalms 19:1-6) ESV

If the Earth is at the center of the universe, and the Sun orbits the Earth, then these bodies are the two foci of elliptical planetary orbits required by Kepler’s laws.

Our Geocentrospheric cosmological model provides a stable cause for the empirical laws of Kepler which heliocentricity doesn’t. There’s just one problem, or, potential problem. If the Sun orbits the Earth then its orbit has only one focus, therefore the Sun’s orbit should be circular, not elliptical.

Myth buster: The Earth-sun orbit isn’t elliptical. The Earth-sun radius is, for all practical purposes, constant. There’s variation in the sun’s orbital radius, but that’s not the same as the Earth-sun radius, which is constant. The sun maintains a fixed distance from the Earth and the firmament, however, as its helical orbit moves during the course of a year its orbital radius changes. Any apparent eccentricity is variation in the sun’s orbital radius, not the Earth-sun radius.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

(Isaiah 5:20) ESV

Years ago we found an article in Discover which explains that the Earth and Sun maintain pretty much a constant distance from each other. We say pretty much because it would be unscientific to be more specific than that. The seasons aren’t caused because the distance between the Sun and Earth is changing, seasons are caused by the Sun’s orbit being in a slightly different position every day throughout the course of a year.

Circles of Life

Earth is a Goldilocks kind of place: not too hot, not too cold. How far out of whack can the orbit of a planet like Earth get before we all die?

Discover November 2002

Presenting work from the realm of popular science (SciPop) which has some age on it can provoke a caustic response: it’s not current and therefore it’s inaccurate. If we cite scientific work which is 500 years old, or 10 years old, the SciPop community will complain that it’s out of date. That means that it was inaccurate to begin with, and whatever is currently in favor will be out of date sooner or later. This shows that SciPop and the truth are mutually exclusive. The truth is absolute and unchanging. SciPop has to be in constant flux.

It’s an example of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle. SciPop and truth can’t occupy the same space. If SciPop could be settled and stable then a lot of people would be out of work. Not only is it conceptually impossible for SciPop to be truth, it’s not economically viable to have SciPop settle on an answer. The next generation of scientists can’t make names for themselves by proudly proclaiming that the work of their older peers is accurate, adequate and sufficient.

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