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Dirt on the lens that corresponds exactly with random hairs (which make up the lunar vehicular tracks)?

And there's the proof that folks believe what they want regardless tongue.gif


Personally, I've read up on a lot of the science they've done with the reflector they put on the moon, on the rocks they brought back from the moon, and a bunch of other stuff so I have no doubt in my mind that we have landed on the moon. We know that the moon is spiraling away from us and will eventually escape Earth's gravity, we know that it's actually made up of the same rocks as the earth (which birthed the theory of the Thea impact,) as well as a solid geological understanding of the beginning of the Earth itself, and a lot more - all of which would have been impossible to know or theorize without actually landing on the moons surface.

Conspiracy theories try to dumb down science into what equates to modern witchcraft, and that works because a lot of folks, probably most folks, don't have the mental ability or education to grasp the underlying principles of each individual science field across the entire spectrum, like they only understand the physics, or only the geology, or unfortunately more common, they only understand what they physically see themselves and don't have access to a way to expand their knowledge into more advanced understanding of it all. (To clarify, I'm not saying anyone is stupid here, I'm just saying it's how it is for a lot of folks, for whatever reason, often outside their own control; finances, time, or just their life in general, prevents them from having the time necessary to study up on that kind of thing.)

The full spectrum of underlying principles used in various differing fields of science cannot be looked at as on would the pages in a linear book, where one chapter follows and builds upon the other, but rather it is more akin to a bookshelf, with many different books that while they might appear on the same shelf, or even perhaps in the same "genre," are actually unrelated to each other. Thus, for a very rough example, even if one understands the principles of particle fusion, they would have zero understanding of quantum particles -- though the particles are in general similar, they are wholly different from each other, in fact even the base laws of physics are completely different between the two. The scientist in question cannot approach quantum science with "a page" from his book on particle fusion, rather he must "read a whole new book" about quantum particles.

For non-scientists, of course, none of it /actually/ makes sense, so it is far more difficult to grasp. For them if an object is 'here,' then it is 'here,' but that is not actually scientifically true in the quantum field. For them the solid ground prevents them from getting pulled into the center of the earth by gravity, but it's actually the electromagnetic fields that prevent that - aka solid, is not actually solid in the sense most people have, but rather solid is a byproduct of electromagnetic fields repelling each other. Such is the "weakness" that conspiracy theories pray upon.
post #102 of 103
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Conspiracy theories try to dumb down science into what equates to modern witchcraft, and that works because a lot of folks, probably most folks, don't have the mental ability or education to grasp the underlying principles of each individual science field across the entire spectrum, like they only understand the physics, or only the geology, or unfortunately more common, they only understand what they physically see themselves and don't have access to a way to expand their knowledge into more advanced understanding of it all. (To clarify, I'm not saying anyone is stupid here, I'm just saying it's how it is for a lot of folks, for whatever reason, often outside their own control; finances, time, or just their life in general, prevents them from having the time necessary to study up on that kind of thing.)

These conspiracy theories are more believable to the already cynical minded, because they believe social problems are easier to overcome than problems rooted in physical laws (but mostly for malicious intents).

When it comes to the physical sciences (especially astrophysics), you better check your intuition at the door.
post #103 of 103
Indeed. It is actually my hope that untangling dark energy will solve the energy problems we have, not only on earth, but in accessing the entire universe. I dream about us breaking Einstein's universal speed limit in a membrane of altered physics we just haven't discovered yet, in my head dark matter and dark energy, but perhaps it exists through a black hole in a parallel existing plane. Sadly, I know deep down that we've stagnated in our research and scaled back from true curiosity by the stubbornness of close-minded theoretic's, and even a bit infuriatingly in the face of the "that can not happen" we've /already/ discovered in the past 50 years, or even 10 for that matter.
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