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Without the moon, life on Earth would be much different

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 22, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    Amazing! Some people see this coming together by chance over a long period of time. Others see organization, intelligence, and creation.

    People would laugh if I said a watch formed from a rock which exploded long ago, but would believe a more complex process just happened by chance.

    Go figure.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    May 22, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Only one high tide per day? Either Mr. Law or his source isn't very good at science after all. The great majority of locations on earth have TWO high tides per day, not the one that you imply when you say that the side of the Earth opposite the moon has a low tide at that time.

    A much clearer explanation of tides is available at straightdope dot com. Just search the word "tides."

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 22, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    The knowledge in this article came about by amazing detective work and deduction.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 22, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    Re word

    I too believe in God and creation.

    However the reasoning you make use of to support the existence of God is suspect.

    If this creation couldn't exist on its own, how is it that a creator which has to be much more complex and marvelous can exist?

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    worf: "People would laugh if I said a watch formed from a rock which exploded long ago, but would believe a more complex process just happened by chance."

    Paley's watchmaker has been refuted many times by smarter folks than I, so I'll defer to them. As to "chance," if you are referring to evolution by natural selection, it is anything but chance. That's the whole point of the word "selection." The process of evolution is decidedly not a matter of chance and depends on nonrandonmess (differential survival and reproduction). Selection is mediated by natural events; no intelligent agency is required.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    May 22, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    Nice story, good writing, several "facts" are simply wrong. The one that leaped out at me first was that the centrifugal force keeping the moon distant was because the earth and the moon rotate around a common point - correct. But that common point is NOT the sun! It is a location between the center of the earth earth and the moon. From Wikipedia: "...which lies about 4600 km from Earth's centre (about three quarters of the Earth's radius)." The common orbit around the sun has nothing to do with the force that keeps the moon away from the earth.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 22, 2012 11:54 p.m.

    Sorry guy, but there's too much organization for the rationalization of "selection".

    There are selections in the forming of a school bus, and intelligence played a huge part of it, and so it is with the earth, and its thousands of different species.

  • Shushannah Kendal, Cumbria
    May 23, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    The one thing that natural selection and evolution cannot explain is why two genders are necessary for procreation...there are a few species that only need one gender...why did this not occur right across the board? Unless, that is, it was intentional, part of some Grand Design...