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The image in the top left corner is a sunset near San Francisco.

And God Made The Sunsets

I thought creationists were just being poetic when they said that god created the sunsets, but the issue comes up so often, I have come to the conclusion creationists are legitimately incredulous that sunsets could come about any other way than via daily divine intervention.

The creationists must have been asleep during the science class when the process was explained. At any point in time, there is both a sunset and a sunrise appearing at some point of the globe. If they required god’s painterly skills, they would be a full time job. Even if there were a god, and he wanted to entertain his favoured species, man, with a twice-daily celestial firework display, like Disney, you would think by now he would have worked out some way to automate it.

So how do sunrises and sunsets work really? The key is rather mundane — dust in the air. Sunsets are more spectacular after a volcano tosses dust into the air. At noon sunlight hits the earth perpendicularly via a short direct path. At sunrise and sunset, sunlight hits the earth at a steep angle via a long path. At sunrise and sunset, the light thus has many more opportunities to hit a mote of dust.

Dust is better at scattering blue light (short wavelengths) than red light (long wavelengths). The more dust, the yellower and redder the light that gets through. The dust is not evenly distributed. That is why you get those beautiful flowing patterns. You don’t get sunsets on the moon because it does not have a dusty atmosphere, not because god is lazy.

A related question you might ask is why are sunrises and sunsets so beautiful. I will speculate. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Those times of day are the safest to relax and enjoy beauty. It is not safe to run at sunset around because you cannot see as well.

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Covering a Lie With a Bigger Lie

When a little boy is challenged in a lie, he will typically tell an ever bigger lie to cover the first. Creationists are the similar, making up ever more preposterous excuses to explain the evidence counter to their claims.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

What Will It Take?

Just what will it take for the public to stop kidding themselves about global warming, imagining if they ignore it will cease to exist?

  • Florida vacation property flooded out.
  • the World Trade Center site under water.
  • a couple of Katrina-sized hurricanes a year to hit the USA.
  • a dust bowl sized drought in the American heartland.
  • over a million refugees in north eastern India and Pakistan fleeing the flood plains.
  • death of most of the world’s forests.
  • death of all the planet’s coral reefs where rich American tourists used to go snorkeling.
  • mass extinctions of most species, including nice cuddly mammals.
  • death of most fish in the oceans, replaced by giant poisonous jelly fish, as already happened to the coastal waters of Japan.
  • stinking algal blooms on waterways and lakes.
  • crop failures all over the world from drought and freakish weather.

Noah, how long can you tread water?

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
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