Thursday, December 29, 2005

Guest Blogger: Ellery Schempp

Warning: Gravity is "only a theory"

All physics textbooks should include this warning label:

This textbook contains material on Gravity. Universal Gravity is a theory, not a fact, regarding the natural law of attraction. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

The Universal Theory of Gravity is often taught in schools as a "fact," when in fact it is not even a good theory.

First of all, no one has measured gravity for every atom and every star. It is simply a religious belief that it is "universal." Secondly, school textbooks routinely make false statements. For example, "the moon goes around the earth." If the theory of gravity were true, it would show that the sun's gravitational force on the moon is much stronger than the earth's gravitational force on the moon, so the moon has to go around the sun. Anybody can look up at night and see the obvious gaps in gravity theory.

The existence of tides is often taken as proof of gravity, but this is logically flawed. Because if the moon's "gravity" were responsible for a bulge underneath it, then how can anyone explain a high tide on the opposite side of the earth at the same time? Anyone can observe that there are two high tides every day--not just one. It is far more likely that tides were given to us by an Intelligent Creator long ago and they have been with us ever since. In any case, two high tides falsifies gravity.

While micro-gravity is observed when, for example, dropping an egg on the floor, this does not prove that macro-gravity exists. If there is macrogravity, why don't the sun, the moon, and the planets all fall down and hit the earth? Some say that planetary orbits are proof of gravity. According to gravitationalists, gravity applies in a straight line between different objects. Gravity does not make things spin in circles. But the planets do move in circles, and then gravitationalists say such orbits prove macro-gravity. This is merely circular reasoning.

There are numerous alternative theories that should be taught on an equal basis. For example, the observed behavior of the earth revolving around the sun can be perfectly explained if the sun has a net positive charge and the planets have a net negative charge, since opposite charges attract and the force is an inverse-square law, exactly as the increasingly discredited Theory of Gravity. Physics and chemistry texts emphasize that this is the explanation for electrons going around the nucleus, so if it works for atoms, why not for the solar system? The answer is simple: scientific orthodoxy.

The U.S. Patent Office has never issued a patent for anti-gravity. Why is this? According to natural law and homeopathy, everything exists in opposites: good-evil; grace-sin; positive charges-negative charges; north poles-south poles; good vibes-bad vibes; etc. We know there are anti-evolutionists, so why not anti-gravitationalists? It is clearly a matter of the scientific establishment elite protecting their own. Anti-gravity papers are routinely rejected from peer-reviewed journals, and scientists who propose anti-gravity quickly lose their funding. Universal gravity theory is just a way to keep the grant money flowing.

Gravity totally fails to explain why Saturn has rings and Jupiter does not. It utterly fails to account for obesity. In fact, what it does "explain" is far out-weighed by what it does not explain.

When the planet Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, he relied on "gravitational calculations." But Tombaugh was a Unitarian, a liberal religious group that supports the Theory of Gravity. The present-day Unitarian-Universalists continue to rely on liberal notions and dismiss ideas of anti-gravity as unfounded. Tombaugh never even attempted to justify his "gravitational calculations" on the basis of Scripture, and he went on to be a founding member of the liberal Unitarian Fellowship of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The theory of gravity violates common sense in many ways. Adherents have a hard time explaining, for instance, why airplanes do not fall. Since anti-gravity is rejected by the scientific establishment, they resort to lots of hand-waving. The theory, if taken seriously, implies that the default position for all airplanes is on the ground. While this is obviously true for Northwest airplanes (relying on "a wing and a prayer"), it appears that Jet Blue and Southwest have superior methods that effectively overcome the weight of masses at Northwest, and thus harness forces that succeed over so-called gravity.

It is unlikely that the Law of Gravity will be repealed given the present geo-political climate, but there is no need to teach unfounded theories in the public schools. There is, indeed, evidence that the Theory of Gravity is having a grave effect on morality. Activist judges and left-leaning teachers often use the phrase "what goes up must come down" as a way of describing gravity, and relativists have been quick to apply this to moral standards and common decency.

It is not even clear why we need a theory of gravity -- there is not a single mention in the Bible, and the patriotic founding fathers never referred to it. If gravity wasn't important in Moses' day or Jefferson's day, it is ridiculous to take it seriously at this time.

Finally, the mere name "Universal Theory of Gravity" or "Theory of Universal Gravity" (the secularists like to use confusing language) has a distinctly socialist ring to it. The core idea of "to each according to his weight, from each according to his mass" is communist. There is no reason that gravity should apply to the just and the unjust equally, and the saved should have relief from such "universalism." And, if we have Universal Gravity now, then Universal health care will be sure to follow. It is this kind of universalism that saps a nation's moral fiber.

Overall, the Theory of Universal Gravity is just not an attractive theory. It is based on borderline evidence, has many serious gaps in what it claims to explain, is clearly wrong in important respects, and has social and moral deficiencies. If taught in the public schools, by mis-directed "educators," it has to be balanced with alternative, more attractive theories with genuine gravamen and spiritual gravitas.

Ellery Schemp is a retired physicist who taught physics at the University of Pittsburgh, worked on nuclear waste issues at the Department of Energy, and was a consultant on energy technology. His family successfully sued the Abington School District over the reading of Bible verses in school in Abington v. Schempp, which was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You obviously haven't read the book "Of Movement and Muscles," which details how the movement of all objects can be easily explained by the theory of muscular momentum (formerly called divine movement). This theory proposes that the motion of the planets and the tendency of objects on the Earth to fall downward are caused by the acts of a muscular force (possible God's muscles, but also possibly the muscles of angels or even aliens). The book gives multiple examples of how muscular force causes objects to move: a box in the middle of a room that later appears in the corner; a picture hanging on one wall that is found on a different wall. We can thus see how any movement can be explained by such muscular action, be it planets moving within the universe or apples falling from a tree.
Teach the controversy.

Loved the post. Thank you for it!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty good, but I prefer The Onion version:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39512

Cheers!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GRavity doesn't exist...the Earth sucks.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my information is accurate, Professor Behe is working on an anit-gravity weight loss anti-obesity machine. It involves an Ape, a black hole and and intelligent designer (thus, Behes problem getting it to work.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Sheikh Mahandi said...

Quting Ellery's piece - "For example, the observed behavior of the earth revolving around the sun can be perfectly explained if the sun has a net positive charge and the planets have a net negative charge"

Sorry Ellery a guy called James McCanney seems to have beaten you to this theory, or rather it's inverse where the Sun has a net negative charge"

Please see the excellent debunking at Phil Plaits http://www.badastronomy.com

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Phil Karn said...

Great spoof. His "errors" cover the whole range of creationist tactics, including outright false (or at least outdated) statements. To wit, Jupiter does have rings. They're just harder to see than Saturn's.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the theory of gravity held water, the Flying Speghetti Monster would still be boiling in the pot.

11:33 AM  
Blogger wer-rew said...

Schempp--The earth spins (along with the action of the moon)causing the dual daily tide.

Jupiter doesn't have rings because of its moons


PS--There is a misunderstanding as to positive and negative charges---there aren't any, just forces

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You dummy, their is no proof for gravithy but nethirer aganist.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Such sophomoric drivel doesn't even deserve a first reading, much less a second one! I started to go over it again, but decided instead to write this comment hoping that posting this message would help delete Schempp's garbage from my memory. I'm sure that, after a while, the nonsense of his ramblings will fade away, but for the short term, I feel my intellect has been exposed to some sort of nasty, useless virus. With all his degrees and various connections in academia, why would Schempp author such a piece of crap?

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