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Monday, March 28, 2016

Malcolm Bowden's YouTube videos on Geocentricity; Copernicanism Part 9

     This continues from Part 8, a series on Copernicanism and Geocentricity (see Intro & Contents in Part 1) in response to a letter from a young person ("Josh") who asked if I believed Geocentricity ... and did not ridicule me in his question.
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Malcolm Bowden
      My searches would at times attempt to find those scientists who did not follow the commonly accepted Copernicanism and Evolution of modern science.  One of the easier finds was the group of YouTube videos that Malcolm Bowden has assembled showing that heliocentricity can at least be questioned.  Finding legitimate YouTube sites can be a challenge and at first I questioned whether Mr. Bowden was qualified.  But I discovered he had not only training in the sciences but had been employed full time in applied science and is now a semi-retired Consulting Civil and Structural Engineer.  Mr. Bowden, like Faulkner and North, claims Christianity, but not Lutheranism.   He lives near London, England and his English accent is quite understandable, and pleasurable for me.  
     The videos on this subject are listed under the sub-heading "Geocentricity Videos" on his "Links to my Videos" web page.  Mr. Bowden evidently has a "thick skin" to post his videos on YouTube where the majority of commenters ridicule him.  But among the comments are those who have been helped by the scientific refutations of heliocentrism and evidences for geocentricity.
     Since I have some higher education in science, I found at least 3 features of his explanations helpful:

1) Mach's Principle makes it quite plausible to explain "geosynchronous satellites".  At the 2:51 mark in his "Geocentricity - Satellites+Mach" video, Bowden says:
"So we can say that it is not a hypothetical centrifugal force that operates on the satellites but a real attraction to the stars."
Bowden repeats and expands "Mach's Principle" in another video ("Geocentricity 2nd version") at the 13:55 mark. — This notion of Mach's Principle fascinated me for it seemed that I had heard of it somewhere in the science training of my youth...  I remember spinning my body around under the night sky and noticed that the stars were spinning... so why couldn't they be spinning around the Earth? Why indeed...

2a) The Barbour and Bertotti paper "Gravity and Inertia in a Machian Framework" (mentioned at the 3:10 mark, copy of paper here [2018-01-16 updated links]; (in Geocentricity 2nd Version video 14:15 mark) is a scholarly paper of a mathematical model of a "Machian Framework" which explains Coriolis forces, the equatorial bulge at the earth's equator, the dragging of a free pendulum (Foucault's Pendulum), and more.
2b) Bowden also published Popov's paper "The dynamical description of the geocentric Universe" from 2013 on his website [2018-01-16 updated links].  This was furnished to him by a sympathetic YouTube viewer and is another impressive scholarly paper using Mach's Principle to account for a "fixed and centered Earth".

3) Experiments that failed to prove the Earth was moving (ref. video Geocentricity - 2nd Version):
  • Michelson-Morley Experiment (2:35 - 4:05) showed no result in its intention to prove the Earth was moving through the æther (or ether)
  • Michelson-Gale experiment (7:07 & 7:51)
  • Airy's Failure (7:17 & 8:27)
  • Sagnac's experiment (7:30 & 10:08) – further explained in a separate video.  This "effect" is also said to disprove Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

     Bowden covers a few other science topics, e.g. Planck's Density which involves large numbers in the range of a googol (Google?).  He also spends time at the end of the "2nd version" video ably answering some critics. And I appreciated his reverence for "God's inspired Word", the Bible.
     So after hearing of all these scientific evidences that refuted heliocentrism, I noticed that Bowden credited Dr. Gerardus Bouw for much of his presentations on Geocentricity.  This name had been continually popping up in relation to "Geocentricity" and so I decided to purchase Dr. Bouw's latest book, Geocentricty: Christianity in the Woodshed.  While I was at it, I also purchased Dr. James Hanson's book The Bible and Geocentricity.  Both of these are available from the Tycho Brahe Shop on the website of the Association for Biblical Astronomy –  I will cover these in a later blog post, but I will return again to the world-wide affair created by the confession of Pastor Gustav Knak in my next Part 10a.

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