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Old 07-24-2017, 12:35 AM
 
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I just got repremented by a friend after correcting her about the sun setting. I said, the sun is not setting, as if it is actively doing anything. The sun never actually sets or rises. The sun is fixed as in the center of the universe. So we either move into the suns rays (rising) or away (setting). Does this bug anyone else?
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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Nope... sunrise, sunset work for me. Whether factually correct or not ... everyone knows what I mean when I say sunrise or sunset. Semantics is all it is.
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:44 AM
 
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I just got repremented by a friend after correcting her about the sun setting. I said, the sun is not setting, as if it is actively doing anything. The sun never actually sets or rises. The sun is fixed as in the center of the universe. So we either move into the suns rays (rising) or away (setting). Does this bug anyone else?
No. I used to live in Florida when I was young and it was romantic to go to watch the sunrise and breakfast on the Atlantic side and then drive across Alligator Alley to Naples to have dinner and watch it set. Couldn't have done that your way--just wouldn't have been the same. :-)
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:46 AM
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Doesn't bug me at all. This is the common, worldwide expression. Don't try to change the Science.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I just got repremented by a friend after correcting her about the sun setting. I said, the sun is not setting, as if it is actively doing anything. The sun never actually sets or rises. The sun is fixed as in the center of the universe. So we either move into the suns rays (rising) or away (setting). Does this bug anyone else?
LOL! First, the sun isn't even the center of the solar system, much less the universe (although, technically, EVERYTHING is the center of the universe).

You are railing at relativistic motion and wording. The Earth rotates. If a car drives away from you going towards the West, and another drives away from you going to the East, do you say that one is moving away from you and that you are moving away from the other, even though you are standing still? Since the Earth is rotating, one of them is staying closer to a fixed spot than you or the other car.

The concept you try to dismiss is "subjective observation." Your friend made a subjective observation that you were being offensively pedantic. Subjective observations are real, and I suggest you treat them as such unless you want to watch sunsets alone.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:55 AM
 
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Silly thread.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I just got repremented...
Now, THAT "bugs" me.
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Old 07-24-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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The OP should hook up with that entropy guy who insists in every thread that the universe will die so things like immortality and forever don't exist. I forgot his username.
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:04 PM
 
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I just got repremented by a friend after correcting her about the sun setting. I said, the sun is not setting, as if it is actively doing anything. The sun never actually sets or rises. The sun is fixed as in the center of the universe. So we either move into the suns rays (rising) or away (setting). Does this bug anyone else?
Friend: ''What are you doing?'' You: ''I'm watching the sun set.''

Friend: ''What are you doing?'' You: ''I'm observing the rotation of the earth carry me out of the line of sight of the sun due to the curvature of the earth causing the earth itself to get between me and the sun.''

Friend: ''What are you doing?'' You: ''I'm watching the sunset.''

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Old 07-24-2017, 02:14 PM
 
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Good grief. It's a figure of speech. You know, like how in one particular sense "blow" refers to exactly the opposite action.
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