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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:28 PM

Wiki: Italian Court Rules the Sun Orbits the Earth


Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, by Cristiano Banti
(Courtroom sketch artists in Italy are apparently very, very good.)

In September 1632, Galileo was ordered to come to Rome to stand trial, where he finally arrived in February 1633. Throughout his trial Galileo steadfastly maintained that since 1616 he had faithfully kept his promise not to hold any of the condemned opinions, and initially he denied even defending them. However, he was eventually persuaded to admit that, contrary to his true intention, a reader of his Dialogue could well have obtained the impression that it was intended to be a defence of Copernicanism. In view of Galileo's rather implausible denial that he had ever held Copernican ideas after 1616 or ever intended to defend them in the Dialogue, his final interrogation, in July 1633, concluded with his being threatened with torture if he did not tell the truth, but he maintained his denial despite the threat. The sentence of the Inquisition was delivered on June 22. It was in three essential parts:

-Galileo was found "vehemently suspect of heresy", namely of having held the opinions that the Sun lies motionless at the centre of the universe, that the Earth is not at its centre and moves, and that one may hold and defend an opinion as probable after it has been declared contrary to Holy Scripture. He was required to "abjure, curse and detest" those opinions.

-He was sentenced to formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition. On the following day this was commuted to house arrest, which he remained under for the rest of his life.

-His offending Dialogue was banned; and in an action not announced at the trial, publication of any of his works was forbidden, including any he might write in the future.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei#Controversy_over_heliocentrism


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cthulu2016 Jun 2012 OP
leveymg Jun 2012 #1
cthulu2016 Jun 2012 #2
leveymg Jun 2012 #3
longship Jun 2012 #5
cthulu2016 Jun 2012 #6
Bandit Jun 2012 #4
leveymg Jun 2012 #7
moondust Jun 2012 #8

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:35 PM

1. Does anyone even remember the name of the Official Vatican Astronomer?

I don't think we'll be naming any telescopes or starships after the guy, Sr. whatever-his-name.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:36 PM

2. Guido Sarducci

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:41 PM

3. Didn't he have his own show in the 1970s?


Or was that this bunch of teracentric theocrats and water board enthusiasts?

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Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:09 PM

5. Don't you mean "comfy chair" enthusiasts.

After all,

He must be made of tougher stuff. Bring out... The comfy chair!

Not the comfy chair!

While they're all saying the comfy chair, we'll bring you something completely different.


I think I got that about right. One of the best Monty Python bits ever.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:03 PM

6. I like that 5 minute university concept

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:58 PM

4. Anyone that says there is Global Warming and man contributes to it should

be tortured and held in confinement for the rest of their lives... man is one fucked up creature that really doesn't change much..

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Response to Bandit (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:05 PM

7. Thank g-d we don't have hi technology and the cruel imagination of the ancients at the same time.

Maybe, we still have it in us . . .

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:16 PM

8. Is this about the Texas GOP platform?

Texas GOP: "We oppose the teaching of higher order thinking skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs...(which) have the purpose of challenging the studentís fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/26/506357/the-5-craziest-policies-in-texas-republicans-2012-platform/?mobile=nc


The first thing I thought of was the Flat Earth Society.

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