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#260 - The Greeks certainly were adept at astronomy. Nobody's arguing…  [+] (1 reply) 06/05/2016 on Carl 0
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#261 - iateapenguin (06/05/2016) [-]
At no point in any of this did I say that they knew the distance or size of the sun, only that it was calculated to a decent degree.

This whole bullshit argument only started because you and iviagic disagreed with my use of the words "vastly underestimated", which, again, I still stand by, particularly because it's now come to light that actually the initial commenter knows absolutely fuck all about the ancient world and thus has no knowledge to base his claim on.
#245 - Saying that an ancient civilization didn't know about the dist…  [+] (4 replies) 06/05/2016 on Carl 0
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#262 - Fgner (06/05/2016) [-]
You were right, there is a difference between ignorant and stupid. Stupid people think they know anyway. The particularly stupid open their mouths about it.

Expanding on what iateapenguin said: Sure, they didn't know the actual distance or size of the Sun. There was no way to directly measure it, therefore all their figures had to come from mathematics. In fact, any real-life measurements they took were limited by the accuracy of their tools and the unified standards of measurement at the time. And taking accurate angle measurements could be ESPECIALLY difficult.

Since you don't seem to be able to look things up on your own, how about I provide you with a little reading? Here's your homework for tonight: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Sizes_and_Distances_ (Aristarchus)

He calculated the approximate distance and size of the sun with the most accurate data he had available to him. Was he off? Oh fucking Hell yes he was. But did they know that the sun was enormously far away and absolutely gigantically big? Oh fucking Hell yes they did. The date of this discovery? About a hundred or so years before the other fellow found out the Earth was flat.

And if you're saying they didn't know because their measurements limited the effectiveness of their mathematics - then you're also arguing modern humans don't know about the sizes or distances of any exo-solar body, because there's no way to directly measure it.
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#254 - iateapenguin (06/05/2016) [-]
Aristarchus calculated the distance of the sun to be 87° - the true distance being 89.8°. While that's not particularly impressive considering today's technology, he accomplished this using pure geometry, nearly 2,500 years ago.

So again, I will stand by my statement that he vastly underestimated the amount of knowledge the Greeks had.

It's "she", by the way.
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#260 - alltimetens (06/05/2016) [-]
The Greeks certainly were adept at astronomy. Nobody's arguing against that. But to say that they knew the distance of the sun/it's size is over-crediting them

The best they could do is make educated approximations with the mathematics and technology that they had at their disposal at the time, as you have quoted.
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#261 - iateapenguin (06/05/2016) [-]
At no point in any of this did I say that they knew the distance or size of the sun, only that it was calculated to a decent degree.

This whole bullshit argument only started because you and iviagic disagreed with my use of the words "vastly underestimated", which, again, I still stand by, particularly because it's now come to light that actually the initial commenter knows absolutely fuck all about the ancient world and thus has no knowledge to base his claim on.
#2 - That's some nice 3rd-wave feminist propaganda. Where'd ya get it?  [+] (1 reply) 06/02/2016 on Cuckington Post - STUMPED +420 +139
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#6 - mustachebro (06/02/2016) [-]
Liberal Studies.
#14 - Anime is cancer  [+] (1 reply) 05/28/2016 on plates -6
#15 - anon (05/28/2016) [-]
no need to talk about yourself
#25 - What kind of animal is that ****  [+] (4 replies) 05/17/2016 on Taste The Sun 0
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#28 - chikibriki (05/18/2016) [-]
>>#5,
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#27 - chikibriki (05/17/2016) [-]
A BABY FUCKING WHALE BRO
#29 - unoriginalposter (05/18/2016) [-]
No it's just an ocean sunfish.
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#30 - chikibriki (05/18/2016) [-]
i know, i see them all the time