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Are solar eclipses evidence of a cosmic designer?

by Peter Mullen
Posted: November 14, 2012.
Published: November 14, 2012.

Print: The Telegraph

Peter Mullen claims that we cannot explain a solar eclipse with “scientific jargon”.

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It’s sad that so many people are intellectually crippled in this way.  Hyper-religiosity is more likely the symptom and not the disease.  It doesn’t sound like Mullens has read ‘Unweaving the Rainbow’ or would be even capable of understanding it..

posted on November 15, 2012
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It’s also sad that this kind of thinking is in the UK.  I thought only America was infected with the religion virus.

posted on November 15, 2012
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Perhaps the author is a mole, attempting to bolster Dawkins’ case by reductio ad asinine.

posted on November 15, 2012
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“One more thing I find intriguing. The sun is huge and ninety-three million miles away and the small moon is in our backyard, a mere quarter of a million miles away. Yet in an eclipse their discs precisely cover each other. Don’t therefore imagine that anyone designed it that way.”

What a moron. Yes, an eclipse is when they align. Guess what? The lack of an eclipses in when they don’t. Ooooh, magic.

posted on November 17, 2012
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This type of objection appears in so many places and so often that it gets tiresome to rebut them.  However, my general rejoinder to all such rubbish is that ‘your’ inability to understand basic science is not a basis for disproving scientific fact.  I suppose that if the author doesn’t understand what photons are, his lantern won’t work.  Even more important, his lack of understanding in no way proves that a deity is responsible for the phenomenon.  Of course that is common too:  “I don’t understand, so the only answer must be god.”

posted on November 28, 2012
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6. Rich Lawrence

Yet the eclipses that occur throughout the solar system produce absolutely no awe and wonder for St. Hypocrite.  Isn’t that something.  Nope, only when he is at the center of things does it matter, does it have cosmic significance.  This is true for all the feeble-minded.  Perhaps he might go to the children’s section of the bookstore and get a book about our solar system.  There he will read that not all eclipses are total.  There have to be a few coincidences for totality to happen…..similar to a rainbow.  Guess the cosmic designer overlooked that pesky orbit and forgot to change it to a circle from an ellipse.

posted on December 28, 2012
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He isn’t denying that solar eclipses occur, he is taking the coincidence that when, during a total eclipse, the disc of the moon perfectly covers the disc of the sun (like no over or under lap) and saying that god did this exactly this way. Of course other sheep will take this as de facto and use it for proof of a deity’s existence since it is an amazing coincidence. The man is just researching enough to be dangerous and preying on faith.

posted on January 1, 2013
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Personally, I enjoyed Bill O’Reilly’s ‘tides’ argument more. probably on the same level of stupidity though.

posted on January 3, 2013
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Anything is evidence for everything. Facts are relative. If you believe this I have a very special offer just for you! God recently told me he wants all true believers to give me 10% of their annual earnings or else suffer damnation. I could be lying but clearly solar eclipses prove I am not.

posted on April 23, 2013
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