Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Ultimate Answer to Coincidence

And on the subject of conspiracies, what does one say to people who say something is just too far-fetched to be a coincidence; there just has to be a conspiracy?  And I will grant them, some things really are too far-fetched to be coincidences.  Some seeming coincidences do turn out to have an underlying plan.  But sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence.  And as the ultimate argument that something really can happen just by chance, let us consult our old friend, the Mad Revisionist, denying the existence of the moon. One of the Mad Revisionist's correspondents pointed out the obvious reason the moon cannot exist -- eclipses of the sun:
1. The Moon is the EXACT SAME apparent diameter as the Sun
In my opinion this is the single greatest argument in favour of the Moon being artificial. The Moon, of course, is supposedly millions of times smaller than the sun - but because of various alleged coincidences of distance, trigonometry, apparent sizes, and all that orthodox junk, we are supposed to believe that the Moon JUST HAPPENS TO LOOK THE SAME SIZE AS THE SUN FROM HERE!
Think about it! During solar eclipses (which I personally believe to be some sort of mass-hypnosis), the moon EXACTLY covers the diameter of the sun! HOW BIG A COINCIDENCE IS THAT?
No of course it's not a coincidence. THE MOON IS FAKE!!!
And when you think about it, this really is an extraordinarily far-fetched coincidence.  The moon is, indeed, much smaller than the sun, but also closer to the earth.  As a result, because of the way we perceive objects as smaller in the distance, the disk of the sun and the disk of the moon do, indeed, appear exactly the same size, and the moon even occasionally passes between the earth and the sun and exactly covers the sun, causing an eclipse.  This does, indeed, seem like a remarkably strange confluence of events; much to convenient to be just a coincidence, so how could it be a natural phenomenon?  And yet it is a natural phenomenon.  It really is just a coincidence and no one (so far as I know) disputes it.

So if this can be just a coincidence, well then --

1 comment:

  1. Pedant warning: The moon is not exactly the same apparent size as the sun, or at least it isn't always the same apparent size. Both the moon and the earth have elliptical orbits, which makes the apparent size of both the sun and moon change slightly over the course of an orbit. The earth's orbit is pretty close to circular, so the apparent size of the sun doesn't change much, but the moon's orbit is sufficiently far from circular that its apparent diameter varies about 10% over the course of an orbit. When the moon is at its closest, it's somewhat bigger than the sun, which is why a total eclipse can last several minutes. But when the moon is at its furthest, it's smaller than the sun and can't completely block it. If there's an eclipse at that point, it's called an annular eclipse because there's an annulus (ring) of sun showing around the outside of the moon.