Geocentrism conference in Indiana. Yikes!

This is just so um, amazing. Nov. 6th in Indiana a number of PhD scientist (according to the report) will gather to show why Galileo was wrong and the Pope was right. The Earth IS THE CENTER of the Universe:

“Galileo Was Wrong  is a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the scientific evidence supporting Geocentrism, the academic belief that the Earth is immobile in the center of the universe. Garnering scientific information from physics, astrophysics, astronomy and other sciences, Galileo Was Wrong shows that the debate between Galileo and the Catholic Church was much more than a difference of opinion about the interpretation of Scripture.
 
Scientific evidence available to us within the last 100 years that was not available during Galileo’s confrontation shows that the Church’s position on the immobility of the Earth is not only scientifically supportable, but it is the most stable model of the universe and the one which best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos.”

From here.

Isn’t Indiana the same place the legislature almost passed a law that Pi was equal to 3 because otherwise mathematics was in conflict with Holy Scripture? (II Chron 4:2-5)

Author: Nick Knisely

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7 thoughts on “Geocentrism conference in Indiana. Yikes!”

  1. Perhaps it’s because the Geocentrism conference is only 244 miles from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY? (I was hoping for 314.529 miles from each other, but no such symmetry today.)

  2. Sorry, Indiana does not legislate the vaue of pi. However, there are penty of dumb laws in Indiana, according to DumbLaws.com. My favorite is the last one.
    Law Summary: The value of Pi is 3.
    Full text of the Law *Not an actual law*
    Was proposed in the 1897 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Engrossed Bill No. 246. The bill was passed in the house of representatives, but it was indefinately postponed in the Senate. That status remains today.
    Check forgery can be punished with public flogging up to 100 stripes.
    Pedestrians crossing the highway at night are prohibited from wearing tail lights.
    No one may catch a fish with his bare hands.
    Men are prohibited from standing in a bar.
    You are not allowed to carry a cocktail from the bar to a table.
    Drinks on the house are illegal.
    Drinking from your own bottle in a bar can lead to your arrest. You are required to pour your drink into a glass.
    “Spiteful Gossip” and “talking behind a person’s back” are illegal.
    State government officials who engage in private duels can be dismissed from their post.
    All males 18 to 50 years old must work six days a year on public roads.
    Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.

  3. A little more detail on the Indiana resolution on the value of pi: The instigator of this was one Edwin Goodwin, MD, who was convinced that he had squared the circle, thus solving the famous ancient geometry problem. (The problem is to construct, using compass and straightedge, a square of area equal to that of a given circle. Goodwin was apparently unaware that this was proved to be impossible in 1882.) So Goodwin approached the Indiana legislature in 1897 to ask them to pass a resolution acknowledging his discovery; he promised them to allow the use of his work in textbooks free of royalties. Fortunately, a mathematician from Purdue University was in Indianapolis at the time, and was able to warn the legislators not to pass it.
    One of the reasons Goodwin was able to get as far as he did is that he had gotten his article published in the American Mathematical Monthly. It appears under the notation that it was published by request of the author; i.e., without having been refereed. I have seen the article. It appeared to me that Goodwin’s error was to assume that if you double the linear dimensions of a region, you double its area. (Of course, the area would increase by a factor of four.) The Goodwin article is available on JSTOR, by the way (which has the Monthly from the first issue). The Monthly is still published; it is a membership benefit for members of the Mathematical Association of America (the primary organization for teachers of college-level mathematics).

  4. As a Hoosier–and South Bender–I’m embarrassed that this “conference” is coming here. But it’s not an Indiana thing…I think they chose this location for its proximity to the University of Notre Dame (which, last time I checked, agrees with Galileo). Groups like this frequently like to criticize Notre Dame for being too liberal, so they will hold meetings in the area etc.

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