Originally Posted by Deep Blue Blues
The days are longer and shorter because the center point of the sun's rotation above the earth's surface slides north and south. It's like a big grow lamp being moved over the different plants, giving them time to seed and mature before heading back to the other dormant plants, to give them the same treatment.
I can't believe no one has mentioned tides yet.
Tides make zero sense. The moons gravity pulls the water
up? Bullshit. Why does it happen twice in a day then when the moon only flys over once. Why doesn't rain fall towards the moon during high tide if the moon can pick up the entire ocean?
Tides are proof that something they told us is a lie. And the lies keep stacking up...
If you've ever seen a full moon in the day time, while the sun is still up, ask yourself this. Why isn't the moon full "every" time the sun is still up? It's clearly not the shadow of earth causing the lunar cycles. Lie lie lie...
I think a spherical earth disproves Christianity because it's calling God a liar. And they don't want us believing in a "higher" power do they...
And I thought you were just being funny
...obviously the 'they' in your (silly?, I'm still not sure you're serious) conspiracy theory(ies) is your own ignorance.
The 'lunar cycles' are not caused by the Earth's shadow; those are called eclipses, and can be either total (full), or partial. The phases of the moon are actually a proof of the oblate spheroidal shape of the Earth, and were apparently used for that purpose, via inference, by the natural scientists/philosophers in the Eastern Mediterranean
2500 years ago. Not content with that knowledge, one fellow (whose name escapes me, but you can look it up) actually measured the Earths' circumference
(by calculation) and got within about 5 percent of the right number.
the (spherical) bodies in the solar
system exhibit phases, as you can prove to yourself with a good telescope. That is unless you think (like many of the early critics of the telescope and microscope) that the images
are built into the instrument.
And of course another self-proof would be to, in a slightly darkened room, hold a ball in one hand, and move it slowly around a desk lamp. Wow! you can actually see the phases of light shining on a sphere recreated in your own living room. (This also illustrates the near-synchronicity of the Earths' and the Moons' rotation.)
Tides make perfect sense using gravitational theory, but one has to have at least a basic knowledge (and acceptance) of the theory in order to understand how tides are produced and why some areas have daily high/low (diurnal), or daily high/low/high/ low (semidiurnal). Tides are yet another proof of the spheroidal shape of the Earth, because, as any mariner knows, they can be followed completely and consistently around the globe
. The standard explanation of how gravity causes tides is somewhat flawed, but even it is too long for me to relist here, especially since you have the same internet
that I have and the standard explanation and the more theoretically correct (and harder to understand) versions are both readily available.
Days and nights vary in length conversely in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Simply put, your 'moving grow lamp' analogy is defeated by that statement alone. What you could have said is that the 'great invisible power' decreed that the 'big grow lamp' stays beneath the earths' surface longer in the winter than in the summer, but that wouldn't explain how the days on your flat earth were longer and shorter in different areas at the same time.
Interesting how some peoples' own lack of understanding often morphs into accusations of being lied to or the stupidity of the proposition being presented.
You'd come out better with the old fall back explanation, "Because (MY) God did it" .
Oh, and the best proof of the sphericity of the earth? Sunrises, sunsets and the austral and aurora borealises.