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May 11, 2014

The Science Is Settled

How’s that for a headline? It ran in the New York Times Sunday magazine on Aug. 27, 1911:
Canals a thousand miles long and twenty miles wide are simply beyond our comprehension.
The Times was relying on Percival Lowell, who was convinced that a dying Martian civilization was struggling to reach the planet’s ice caps. “The whole thing is wonderfully clear-cut,” he’d told the newspaper — but he was already largely ostracized by skeptical colleagues who couldn’t duplicate his findings. The “spokes” he later saw on Venus may have been blood vessels in his own eye.
– Futility Closet

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 11, 2014 9:44 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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never mind the existance of the canals in China...those thousand-mile long engineering feats don't count. sarc / off

Posted by: The Auld Salt at May 11, 2014 11:38 AM

"All the News That's Fit to Print"

Posted by: Potsie at May 11, 2014 3:54 PM

See? Yet another example of genius smothered by mediocre pseudo-scientists. Driven by envy they attempt to discredit one of the most advanced minds the scientific world had seen.

"... skeptical colleagues who couldn’t duplicate his findings." I'll say. Those ham-fisted addle-brained buffoons couldn't wash the dishes of a man so great as Mr. Lowell, let alone find their way through the complex and high-level calculations needed to establish proof.

Our Government has plenty of pictures of these canals, they are just stone-walling, keeping the truth from us. Ask them to tell you about the radio wave transmissions found just below the surface.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 11, 2014 9:31 PM

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