User:Samiam

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So far, I’m a single-purpose account. At the end of June 2013, I finally became aware of Dr. Jason Lisle’s somewhat bizarre Anisotropic synchrony convention (ASC) which attempts to make an old universe look like a young universe. When I started here, the article had an incorrect refutation (it incorrectly thought that the ASC part of the proposal was geocentric, with light only travelling at infinite speed towards Earth, which of course would create an observationally different universe).

With the help of the very smart Martin Arrowsmith, we removed this incorrect notion. After a few days of thought experiments, I realized that Lisle’s notion still creates a universe which is observationally different from the conventional old universe cosmology accepted by mainstream science, and geocentric to boot (since Lisle’s miracle of God creating all the stars at once in his ASC universe only looks that way from the frame of reference of the Earth, and looks/looked like a contracting sphere of darkness centered around Earth elsewhere in the universe).

And, yes, the math backs up this refutation of Lisle’s young universe. I demonstrate that, if we were to look in a mirror 5,000 light years away from Earth, we would see something different in Lisle’s universe than we should in a conventional old universe.


I am a Christian in the tradition of open and honest investigation of science. For me, using science to study the universe is to admire what I see as God’s creation. I can only truly admire the universe we are in if I do so in a rational and scientific manner.

I feel that Christian Fundamentalists are today’s Pharisees. While, as a Christian, I must love these people, like Jesus, I find the ideas they espouse very offensive and damaging to modern Christianity.

One can be a Christian without being a Young-Earth Creationist (YEC) fundamentalist. Just as the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ time became obsessed with the minutiae of law which does not matter in God’s eyes, the YEC has become obsessed with bending the laws of physics in a way which goes against God’s intention.

My website is http://samiam.org. I have a series of blog posts where I discuss my personal theology and dislike of fundamentalism, starting with http://samiam.org/blog/20120307.html

I am not trying to proselytize my beliefs here and respect people who do not agree with me. God has chosen to create a universe where his existence is not immediately obvious—Richard Carrier’s example that God could have written “Jesus Lives” on the moon at http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/resurrection/1.html comes to mind—so I have to respect God by respecting people with doubt.

- Sam


George Orwell was no fan of Young Earth Creationism. To wit, this dialog in 1984, where a fascist tormentor is indoctrinating our hero, Winston Smith:

Winston: “The rocks are full of the bones of extinct animals — mammoths and mastodons and enormous reptiles which lived here long before man was ever heard of.”

Fascist: “Have you ever seen those bones, Winston? Of course not. Nineteenth-century biologists invented them.”


The problem with Christianity is that its most outspoken proponents have little compassion for the feelings of others, are egotistical, and believe in a judgmental and not loving God:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unfundamentalistchristians/2013/07/what-non-christians-want-christians-to-hear/

I can see why there is some hostility here when I even mention the word "Christian".