NORAD, Santa Clauss, “reality”…

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Once more, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking down the magic flight of Santa Clauss around the globe. The saint has currently delivered more than 1,793,000,000 gifts as he is heading towards Dhaka, Bangladesh (see here for the flight tracking in real time). [1]

Weird how “not real” things have so much “evidence” to back them up (from photos to real time tracking of his whereabouts), while “real” things (e.g. black holes, paraller universes, elusive particles, strings?) have so little evidence to make us believe them…

Makes one wonder on the true nature of “evidence”… And of their use…

Sun, Moon, “coincidences”…

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A rare total solar eclipse, as seen in Northern Australia on Wednesday 5/12/2012.

Suppose you tried to deliberately design and build an artificial shade in orbit which would cover the Sun whenever you wished. Suppose you wanted to design it and built it in a way so that its phenomenal size would be EXACTLY the same as the phenomenal size of the Sun on the sky.

How successful do you think you would be in accomplishing that?