We lost another Drool-o-tron™, but not before its blaring sirens and flashing lights alerted us to look at the blinking letters of its wall display. They said WorldNetDaily (WND).
As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post. So we said goodbye to the Drool-o-tron™ which, just before it exploded, had locked our computer onto this article: ‘Science shattered’: Hand of God suddenly revealed?
What kind of crazy title is that? Let’s get started, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
In the late 1800s, Albert A. Michelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in the sciences, devised an experiment to prove the Earth is moving through space, through a medium for bearing light called the “aether.” If he could show that light was slowed down by being fired into an aether headwind, like a swimmer swimming against a stream,Michelson reasoned, it would prove the Earth’s motion through space. But the experiment didn’t work the way he expected. In fact, it proved the opposite. The world of science was baffled. Was the Earth not moving?
Aaaargh!! Everybody knows about the Michelson–Morley experiment. It wasn’t done “to prove the Earth is moving” — that wasn’t in doubt. It was to study our motion through the aether. To the surprise of the experimenters, the null result demonstrated that the speed of light isn’t changed by a light source’s movement through the aether; it’s the same for all observers, everywhere. It’s now understood that the aether doesn’t exist.
The Michelson–Morley experiment is fundamental to special relativity — although we recall reading that Einstein said he wasn’t aware of the experiment’s null result at the time he wrote his famous paper in 1904. Anyway, back to WND:
Eventually, however, another Albert, with the last name of Einstein, developed a theory called special relativity to explain Michelson’s results. It wouldn’t be the last time, a startling new documentary called “The Principle” suggests, that scientists had to scramble to make their theories about space fit observable facts and experiments that didn’t jive with their prevalent understandings.
Oooooooooh — a startling new documentary! Isn’t this exciting? WND says:
But what if instead of dreaming up wild theories to explain away inconsistencies, the moviemakers suggest, scientists allowed the facts to challenge the underlying assumption itself? What if everything science believes about space … is wrong?
Uh … the experiment’s results did challenge the underlying assumption. The notion of the luminiferous aether was abandoned. Let’s read on:
“The Principle,” which is opening now in select cities around the U.S., boldly challenges the widely accepted Copernican Principle, named after Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. He famously argued Earth revolves around the sun and went further to suggest Earth is in no central or favored place in the universe.
Lordy, lordy. They’re not satisfied with tossing out the aether. Now we understand what overwhelmed the Drool-o-tron™. WND continues:
“Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” the movie’s trailer asserts. Citing Isaac Newton, various current astronomers, Einstein himself and even defenders of the Copernican Principle, the documentary makes the case that the data science is discovering indicate the entire known universe is pointing directly at Earth. “We are in a special place,” argues one of the voices quoted in the documentary. “I do believe that the universe was created by God.”
It’s difficult for us to judge after all the blogging we’ve done, but this could be — by far — the wildest thing we’ve encountered yet. Here’s more:
Rick DeLano, writer and producer of “The Principle,” declares the “question of our place in the cosmos is the greatest scientific detective story in all of history.” “The world has been shaped by two great assertions: One places us in the center of it all, and the other one relegates us to utter insignificance. Amazingly, ‘The Principle’ is the first documentary to examine this persistent puzzle at the heart of modern science.”
Didn’t it occur to Rick DeLano to wonder why he’s the first? Moving along:
“Strong evidence shows there is a special direction in the cosmos, and it points toward Earth. This is a serious claim that could indicate that perhaps the Bible was true in its account of creation … and they’re ignoring it,” he continued. “Experimentation is supposed to be the acid test of an assumption. Experiment trumps all. In the universe, we are told there are no special places – no up, no down, no left, no right. But every experiment tells us we are indeed in a special place, which the scientific community sees as impossible.”
The article goes on and on like that. We’re quitting here because we’ve seen enough. At the end there’s a video which is a trailer from the movie. We haven’t looked at it, but we suggest that you click over there to do so. Then you can tell us what we’re missing.
Oh, in case you’re worried how we’ll carry on without the Drool-o-tron™, don’t worry. We’ve learned to always keep a spare available, and it’s already on the job.
Addendum: We were reminded that we wrote about this “documentary” several months ago — see Big Geocentrism Documentary Coming Soon.
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