Re: Apoptosis

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 16:08:34 GMT

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    >I read somewhere that the flat earth was one of those urban myths. Ptolemy
    >and other thinkers of the time were aware the earth was round. Some Greek
    >did an experiment using equal length sticks, and measured the shadow of
    >at the same time of day, on the same day, but at different lattitudes and
    >got the result that shadows nearer the equator were shorter. As you would
    >a world that was round. Wasn’t the flat earth a metaphor for the Churches
    >supresion of knowledge during the dark ages?
    I think the Greeks were just ahead of their time. Memes in those days
    spread at a much slower pace and tended to stay with the language group in
    which they developed. Then the Roman Empire took over the Catholic church
    and banned ideas that didn't agree with their world view. It wasn't until
    the Ranaisance that such ideas crept back into the European world view of
    more than just a few people. The flat world metaphor was just a result of
    the way the way the world looks to us when we walk on it. It takes some
    convincing to see it as a globe.


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