Guys, Is not about Watsisname nor me. You are all welcome to contribute. The great thing of SE's community is that even if we are all ignorants in one way or another, there's a lot of people that embraces the method, wants to learn, is able to make clever self-criticism, search for sources and wants to learn toghether. I mean, there are a lot of places where people want to learn toghether, but it can end up been a giant confusing nonesense with anti-educational potential. Here I feel there's enought people that is able to pinpoint the errors in reasoning of the others as to truly help in the overall learning.
Watsisname is a total reference here in terms of knowledge and I'm always glad to hear his opinion in every subject. But this thread is open to all of you. Even if we don't make perfect and correct contributions I know we as a community can correct that and make sense of the ideas while learning about our preconceived notions without reassuring them. Monolgues are great, I would totally read a physics book written by Watsisname, but we are in a forum and the idea is to bring questions (even if they sound stupid) so that some can learn where the focus of explanation should be placed and others can learn the subject. Also I know a lot of people here that can explain with high detail and justified confidence some of the topics I've added to the index. We all have to learn from each other.
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I would like to talk about a bunch of things about our solar system but it seems I always get things wrong and I don't want to do that here.
Man, there is absolutely no problem in getting things wrong if you are able to learn and are open to criticism presenting your ideas with humility. You can talk about anything you want, at least I will not be judging you by this at all (I think no one will do that here). Physics in general is a hard topic, we have all made huge efforts and become desperate learning it, and we all had strange ideas that we have embraced without any realization of how ignorant we really are. This is not a finished process for anyone, even for people that work in science. You always get things wrong. The important thing is to be able to detect the errors, the misconceptions, the biases, and ask yourself for more rigour each time. Even when you think you have archived high knowledge on a certain subject, science and nature are always there to tell you that you are just a presumptuous ignorant so don't be ashamed about that, I bet even Watsisname knows how it feels
Sorry if maybe I've been a little paternalistic with you, but It makes me sad to hear people that is afraid to talk and ask questions (I know is not your case) just because others have shown how the correct arguments and evidence are handled. This is not a competition of smartness, there is no losing here. Just learning about the errors and about other people. So keep thinking, talking and asking because that's the way (in my opinion). So as a recommendation (since you are very interested in these topics) just try to be clearer and question everything (even what you are going to say before saying it).