RE: [asa] (what's a fact?) Brilliant article by Dawkins

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri Aug 28 2009 - 22:55:58 EDT

On Fri, 28 Aug 2009, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

> Also- how could heliocentricity ever be wrong? Earth and planets in our solar system don't orbit the sun? May as well say you don't really have two legs; as it can be observed directly now, why argue?

Newton's laws don't favor one physical body over another. If the universe
consisted of only two bodies, it would be just as true that A orbits B as
it would be that B orbits A. (Here we are discussing orbiting, not
rotating.) Our picture of the motion of objects in the solar system is
simplest if we make the largest object the center.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

To unsubscribe, send a message to with
"unsubscribe asa" (no quotes) as the body of the message.
Received on Fri Aug 28 22:56:49 2009

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Fri Aug 28 2009 - 22:56:49 EDT