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Patrick Moore

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Today I had an Astronomy revision session before the exam tomorrow. Mr. Moss showed us an aging sky at night video in which Patrick Moore travelled around the UK finding ‘independent thinkers’ and giving them a voice on televison. That was a good thing to do, even if he disagrees with their ideas and disregards them as false they need to be heard out. It’s an interesting point to make that most major scientific discoveries at one point went against the prevailing majority of opinion.

Some people dress up as Druids and go to Stonehenge to observer the summer solstice, some believe in lay lines, some believe in extra-terrestrials. These people are necessary and useful to society because if they didn’t exist not only would the world be a boring place, it would also reduce our chances of making significant scientific progress. There’s always the chance that these independent thinkers speak the truth. We can’t have thought of everything, we could be missing some fundemental piece of knowledge but we would never know of our ignorance until afterwards.

Written by Pierre

May 14, 2009 at 16:33

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  1. That was NOT a sky at night episode! If you were a regular viewer, you might have known that! It was a one off program from 1969 called ‘One Pair of Eyes’, The sky at night is a very different program. Here is a clip from a bit we didn’t see, it is well funny:


    May 15, 2009 at 16:32

  2. Yep, always a chance…


    May 14, 2009 at 18:49

  3. Yay blog!


    May 14, 2009 at 17:40

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