Nigerian grad student uses magnets to 'prove' gay marriage is wrong

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brianvds (September 17, 2013, 04:18:28 AM):
Well, there you have it...

Nigerian grad student uses magnets to 'prove' gay marriage is wrong

cyghost (September 17, 2013, 07:18:51 AM):
A man of breathtakingly stupidity and staggering ineptitude.

How the freck did he graduate from anything?
Mefiante (September 17, 2013, 08:35:27 AM):
Ja, the magnetic attraction of false analogy and sympathetic magic. Quite apart from its monumentally vacuous inanity, I’m convinced this claim is not new. I seem to recall much the same “argument” being put forward by religious fundamentalists who use it to argue that homosexuality is “unnatural” — the irony being that in their view “natural” is always and wholly subordinate to “supernatural” which, by virtue of its claimed power to produce miracles, must logically then also subsume that which is “unnatural”. There is excellent reason to think that this Nigerian chap’s motivation is religious since he mentions “God” several times in “defence” of his work. If he’s fortunate, he might qualify next year for an Ig® Nobel Prize, otherwise it’s ignominy and obscurity for him.

cr1t (September 17, 2013, 08:38:33 AM):
Magnets is there anything they can't do. I mean how do they work anyway?
Mefiante (September 17, 2013, 09:39:11 AM):
When some of the electrons in a material are fairly loosely bound, the electron spin vectors can be induced to become more or less aligned in tiny clusters throughout the material (so-called magnetic domains), either temporarily or permanently, and all in much the same direction. Many metals have this loose electron property and this is also why they are good electrical conductors (some of the electrons can move fairly freely among atoms). Moreover, a flowing electrical current also causes the electrons in the conductor to align their spin vectors. When the electron spin vectors become aligned in this way, the net effect is a (usually static) magnetic field surrounding and pervading the material, and this can affect other materials in its vicinity, for example inducing a similar alignment in the same direction in a separate bit of the material, causing the two bits to stick together. For example, a steel nail being picked up using a magnet is itself a magnet while the magnet attracts it (because the magnet induces electron spin vector alignment in the nail) but the nail loses its magnetism as soon as it is sufficiently distant from the magnet.

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