An Iraqi "Researcher on Astronomy" and a physicist, Fadhel Al-Sa'd, debates an interviewer on Iraqi television. Is the earth flat? Has this guy ever looked at the Sun or the Moon which are round? Apparently, this is an important question in the Islamic world... or his own tiny little mind. If you listen to the video closely I think you can hear his brain rattling around in his head like a BB in an empty box of cornflakes. I can only hope this is a parody with doctored subtitles.
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-From the transcript-
Interviewer: Lunar and solar eclipses, sunset and sunrise, and the changing of seasons -- how would you explain all these phenomena, if the Earth is not round, as you claim?
Fadhel Al-Sa'd: The sun circles the Earth because it is smaller than the Earth, as is evident in Koranic verses.
Have you ever seen how the sun moves? I have seen the sun moving. The sun makes one move every 24 hours.
What I say is based on Koranic science. He bases his arguments on the kind of science that I reject categorically -- the modern science that they teach in schools. This science is a heretic innovation that has no confirmation in the Koran. No verse in the Koran indicates that the Earth is round or that it rotates. Anything that has no indication in the Koran is false.
Never mind that the entire scientific community - that Soviet and American alike - including astronauts from other nations have documented proof, even photographic evidence that the Earth is round and the Sun is quite large. In fact, evidence dictates that the Sun is stationary and all the other planets including our own actually rotate around the Sun.
The Sun makes one move every 24 hours? I can't believe he's not debating that there are 24 hours in a day.
So how does he explain it is night in one place and day in another at the same time, presumably if we were flat it'd be uniform? Uniformity is part of his equation I assume. Because the Sun... moves around the Earth... once every 24 hours. So that 'tard says. I'm sure he has a brilliant explanation for world time zones also. Like it's never night and day on Earth in the same 24 hour period. And his ignorance is the "glue" which holds it all together. Not lunes, not meridians, not even the International Date Line exists. Gravity? No, it's wee little leprechauns that keep the universe in balance. Ha ha, my mind is already reeling at the mere thought!
Also the Earth is about 8000 miles (13 thousand kilometers) wide, whereas the Sun is roughly 900,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) across. This means it would take more than 100 Earths to span the width of the Sun! If the Sun were a hollow ball, you could fit about one million Earths inside of it.
If the space between this man's ears were any more hollow, you could fit the sun inside his head. But with a mind as vacuous as his it might disappear into that black-hole-void-of-nothingness we call the "wad of babbling goo".
A thousand years ago, Muslim scientists were at the forefront of Astronomy.
But that was a thousand years ago. Technology has come along and slapped us all in our heads (well, almost all of us).
I'm starting to think religious fundamentalism is a mental disorder.
Unfortunately, like most religious nutbags who have extreme views with no supporting evidence other than their own perceptions and ancient written record, they cling to a belief as deluded and ridiculous as that when all other evidence says otherwise.
So I guess if his theory is correct we can say goodbye to the civilization we know, the Earth is as flat as this guys brain. "I reject your Koranic science because it has no confirmation in my Dr. Seussian Science book 'The Cat in The Hat' which says the Earth is... SQUARE and whatever the Cat in the Hat didn't say is simply not real! I refuse to believe it!"