Friday, September 16, 2011

Democritus Guesses Again

Science in cryptomnesia:

"He [Democritus] said that the ordered worlds are boundless and differ in size, and that in some there is neither sun nor moon, but that in others, both are greater than with us, and yet with others more in number. And that the intervals between the ordered worlds are unequal, here more and there less, and that some increase, others flourish and others decay, and here they come into being and there they are eclipsed. But that they are destroyed by colliding with one another. And that some ordered worlds are bare of animals and plants and all water." -- Hippolytus, priest, 2nd century


If you could stand on the surface of Kepler-16b, you'd have two shadows. At sunset, you would see an orange star about the size of the sun and next to it a much fainter red star. As the stars slipped toward the horizon, they would change places in the sky, like partners in a square dance.


Jeffery Keown said...

So how did he know this? Was it simply that he had an imagination? Or did the planet Jupiter (God) tell him? Be specific.

OilIsMastery said...

Despite evolutionist mythology, Democritus had evolved a brain and eyes and hands with which to observe objects empirically.

Jeffery Keown said...

Correct after a fashion, but how did he know? Don't dodge. Did he own a telescope, a space ship, a TARDIS?

If he observed other worlds, he must have used an instrument. What was it? Additionally, where is this instrument described?

What makes him aware, if he was, of the facts behind what he said? You claim he's simply right. I'm asking for evidence of his correctness. Not just that we observe what he said was right.

I mean, he thought salt tasted salty because of the spikes, and that images were projected from objects as eidola rather than reflected light; he didn't know everything. He was wrong about tons of stuff from the shape of the earth (a drum) to the nature of sound.

How did he know this about other worlds, if he wasn't just making a logical assertion. (Admittedly, a good one for his time.)