you may have seen this, if not then atleast you may get a kick out of this, someone posted this on another forum with the thread title..Bill O'reilly owns Atheists!

Comment by Snowcrash on February 3, 2011 at 3:57pm

I wish i could say that i never saw such an ignorant fool before but sadly no i can't make that claim, there are alot more where that fool came from.

If he just had asked a few astronomers, he would have gotten alot of great theories on how the solar system came into being.

Oh well some people only want to fill their bellies with food instead of filling their heads with knowledge.

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"Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions. – Frater Ravus"

Comment by Mr Good Without God on February 3, 2011 at 4:33pm

Open a fucking science book.... 

 

The early Earth was smaller than it is now and didn't have a moon. Then a proto-planet about the size of Mars smashed into it. This caused large amount of the earth's upper crust to be blown into space and also caused the earth to be tilted at 23 1/2 degrees. The debri that was circling the Earth after this collision gathered together and formed a ball, this was the early moon.

 

Our Sun and the solar system formed from a huge, slowly rotating molecular cloud made of hydrogen and helium molecules and dust. Under its own gravity, the cloud began to compress. As it compressed, it spun faster and faster, like an ice skater who spins faster as he pulls his arms in closer to his body. The spinning flattened the material into a giant disk. Most of the mass was concentrated at the center of the disk, forming a gas sphere. The sphere continued to attract material from the disk. As new material was added, the sphere compressed, increasing the temperatures and pressures until they were sufficient to fuse atoms in the very center of the sphere - and at that point a star - our Sun, was born. Scientists calculate our Sun and solar system formed at the same time - a whopping 4.56 billion years ago.

As for life on other planets... 

1) The number of galaxies. An estimated 50 billion galaxies are visible with modern telescopes and the total number in the universe must surely exceed this number by a huge factor, but we will be conservative and simply double it. That's 100,000,000,000 galaxies in the universe.

2) The number of stars in an average galaxy. As many as hundreds of billions in each galaxy.

Lets call it just 100 billion.

That's 100,000,000,000 stars per galaxy.

3)The number of stars in the universe.

So the total number of stars in the universe is roughly 100 billion x 100 billion.

That's 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, 10 thousand, billion, billion. Properly known as 10 sextillion. And that's a very conservative estimate.

4) The number of stars that have planetary systems. The original extra-solar system planet hunting technology dictated that a star needed to be to close to us for a planet to be detected, usually by the stars 'wobble'. Better technology that allows us to measure the dimming of a stars brightness when a planet crosses its disk has now revolutionised planet hunting and new planets are being discovered at an ever increasing rate. So far (August 2003) around 100 have been discovered so we have very little data to work on for this estimate. Even so, most cosmologists believe that planetary formation around a star is quite common place. For the sake of argument let us say it's not and rate it at only one in a million and only one planet in each system, as we want a conservative estimate, not an exaggerated one. That calculation results in:

10,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the universe. Ten million, billion, as a conservative estimate.

5) The number planets capable of supporting life. Let's assume that this is very rare among planets and rate it at only one in a million. Simple division results in:

10,000,000,000 planets in the universe capable of producing life. Ten billion!


Comment by Steve M on February 3, 2011 at 7:38pm
Bill O'Reilly is a cynical actor who is a lot smarter then  the character he portrays for his dumb audience. He makes his money pretending to be aligned with "The Regular Folks" and knows his audience well. Any time he feels the conversation is getting too complex for his audience to grasp he plays the "I'm a simple guy routine". He is the consumate professional and bleeds his dumb ass sycophant audience for every dime selling his folksy books T shirts  and dopey coffee mugs to morons.
Comment by Jonel Burge on February 3, 2011 at 8:55pm

"Sun goes up, sun goes down."

"tide comes in, tide goes out."

*blank look at how stupid that statement was*

Jon Stewart even made fun of this.

Seriously.

This guy....the laughs write themselves in. Anyone who BELIEVES him because of this, obviously hasn't passed middle-school science.

Comment by James on February 3, 2011 at 9:45pm
*facepalm*  Bill shows his ignorance once more,or at the very least is playing the part for his fan base. I for one hope that this spawns another Colbert/Neil deGrasse Tyson video where Neil explains that formation of the sun and moon.  :)
Comment by Tex in the City on February 3, 2011 at 9:48pm

The funny/scary thing about this for me is that I went to the same high school as O'Reilly.  I attended many years later but it was the same school, same brothers, same philosophy.  It is actually an excellent school.  I'm not bragging, that's just the truth.  He didn't go to some bible school in Alabama or Kansas.  And I actually credit the Marianist brothers at Chaminade HS with helping to open my eyes...to science and reason.  Because they were actually very reasonable, and very smart.  They did not teach the bible as some scientific textbook but as a story.  They readily admitted the OT was just stories written to help ancient peoples understand the world.  At no time were we taught that the sun "goes up" and "goes down" because of god, at least not directly.  We were taught in Science class how the tides work, how the solar system works, how evolution works.  But we also had religion classes where we basically just had to learn about the bible and Jesus.  The way we were taught was that science is science and catholicism is catholicism, and that they didn't need to be at constant odds with each other.  Most importantly they let us think for ourselves.  So in a weird way, Chaminade helped me become an atheist.

 

I don't know where the hell O'Reilly was during his Science classes, but surely he missed something.

Comment by Matt on February 3, 2011 at 9:56pm
Thanks for posting.  This made my day.
Comment by Lisa on February 4, 2011 at 2:42am

I pray to the almighty Stephen King to give me the powers of Carrie that I might make his head explode with a just a  thought.      Well.....its just as valid as their bullshit and its way more fun to imagine.

Comment by Jason on February 4, 2011 at 3:50am
He is such an embarrassment.
Comment by Doug Brunt on February 4, 2011 at 9:43am

Where did the 2 particles come from that collided ?

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