WGN TV In Chicago Ran A Piece On “The Principle,” And Here Is What They Said……..

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Thanks to WGN TV for letting us know that the only argument against geocentrism is, apparently, Newton, whom physics abandoned at the start of the 20th century!

Obviously the editing in the piece probably applies as equally to the astronomer as it does to yours truly, but all in all, a pretty interesting piece, particularly the wonderful expression of cognitive dissonance at the very end:

“1 in 4 Americans got it “wrong”.

Apparently the leading physicists of the twentieth century got it “wrong” too…..

“The struggle, so violent in the early days of science, between the views of Ptolemy and Copernicus would then be quite meaningless. Either CS [coordinate system] could be used with equal justification. The two sentences, ‘the sun is at rest and the earth moves’, or ‘the sun moves and the earth is at rest’, would simply mean two different conventions concerning two different CS [coordinate systems].”

—The Evolution of Physics: From Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld, New York, Simon and Schuster 1938, 1966 p.212

“We know that the difference between a heliocentric theory and a geocentric theory is one of relative motion only, and that such a difference has no physical significance.”

—Sir Fred Hoyle,Astronomy and Cosmology – A Modern Course, (San Francisco:W. H. Freeman & Co.), p. 416,1975.

“People need to be aware that there is a range of models that could explain the observations,” Ellis argues. “For instance, I can construct you a spherically symmetrical universe with Earth at its center, and you cannot disprove it based on observations.” Ellis has published a paper on this. “You can only exclude it on philosophical grounds. In my view there is absolutely nothing wrong in that. What I want to bring into the open is the fact that we are using philosophical criteria in choosing our models. A lot of cosmology tries to hide that.”

—George Ellis, Scientific American, “Thinking Globally, Acting Universally”, October 1995

The conversation has started.

“The Principle” is simply the most interesting, original, daring, and important movie in the world.

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