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st0nes (July 02, 2014, 14:42:26 PM):
The continents will probably eventually bunch together in a supercontinent again? Anyway, my point was just that there needn't necessarily be any very special reason why a planet is asymmetrical.

But I am biased, because I recently read yet another article in which a researcher goes to great lengths to solve what is in fact a non-mystery:

http://boingboing.net/2014/06/10/vermeers-paintings-might-be.html


I've got the movie (mainly becouse it's produced by Penn Jillette & directed by Teller). We'll watch it at the first rainy weekend, which looks like it's going to be this one...
Mefiante (July 02, 2014, 15:37:45 PM):
Anyway, my point was just that there needn't necessarily be any very special reason why a planet is asymmetrical.
The irony of this approach is of course that we can only ever confidently say it’s a coincidence after we have scientifically eliminated all conceivable mechanisms that could have produced the observed effect. That is, in order eventually to conclude that it is a coincidence, we have to proceed on the assumption that it is not one. Said conclusion would be reached through a process of elimination because there can be no positive evidence in support of it. And since there are such possible mechanisms aplenty, it would be unduly fatalistic to suppose such a multifaceted coincidence in the case of the Moon.

'Luthon64
BoogieMonster (July 02, 2014, 15:55:29 PM):
You are biased. You are ignoring the possibility that god did it. *ducks*
Mefiante (July 02, 2014, 17:30:16 PM):
You are ignoring the possibility that god did it.
True, that. Maybe the cantankerous old coot is trying to tell us he’s also a loony two-face — not that we needed telling, mind you. :P

'Luthon64
brianvds (July 02, 2014, 19:51:32 PM):
Anyway, my point was just that there needn't necessarily be any very special reason why a planet is asymmetrical.
The irony of this approach is of course that we can only ever confidently say it’s a coincidence after we have scientifically eliminated all conceivable mechanisms that could have produced the observed effect. That is, in order eventually to conclude that it is a coincidence, we have to proceed on the assumption that it is not one. Said conclusion would be reached through a process of elimination because there can be no positive evidence in support of it. And since there are such possible mechanisms aplenty, it would be unduly fatalistic to suppose such a multifaceted coincidence in the case of the Moon.

'Luthon64

Fair enough: I seem to be experiencing a collapse of healthy scientific curiosity. :-)

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