Sunday, March 06, 2005

Debunking the "Apollo Moon-Landing Hoax" Arguments

Ah, yes. The "Apollo Moon Landing Hoax" theory. Just by analyzing videos of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, some guy came to the conclusion that we never actually sent people to the moon, that the whole Apollo Mission was a hoax created by the U.S. government to intimidate the Soviets, and that the whole lunar landing video was shot in a studio. His arguments are discussed (and eventually debunked) on this page:

Top 10 Apollo Hoax Theories

Now on to my long pointless rant.

The worst kind of critic is he who is intelligent enough to be confident in his ability to think, but is not knowledgeable enough to be right, and is not humble enough to admit it. This kind of critic (Dan Brown comes to mind) is usually very knowledgeable about a variety of things. And being confident in his knowledge, he assumes that such common and oft-talked about subjects like economics, art, or religion (or in this case, astronomy) has to be easy enough for him to understand. And so just because he sees what he thinks is a flaw in the authoritative story, he suddenly assumes that the authoritative story is wrong. He further assumes that, being a highly knowledgeable person, he could find the true story himself just by visiting a nearby library and doing some easy research. That's three big assumptions already, and modern society is addicted to them.

There is a story in some popular book (you might have read it once) about a man and a woman who was told not to eat from a certain tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Many people don't understand why the couple was forbidden to know good and evil. It's really simple, actually. The fact is they couldn't possibly eat all the fruits of the Tree, because knowledge of good and evil (in fact, the knowledge of truth in general) is too great for their limited minds to receive in its entirety. Eating a single fruit from the Tree of course lead to imperfect knowledge. The moral of the story (if you consider how it ended) is that imperfect knowledge combined with the pride inherent in having knowledge is a sin so great that it could result in something far worse than mere intellectual fall. It is, in fact, the reason for Adam and Eve's Fall; the Sin of Pride is the Fall of Mankind.

Wow. From astronomy to the Original Sin. I think I need to organize my thoughts a bit...