# October 12th

## Axiom III

### Earth is the Center of the Observable Universe

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

(Habakkuk 3:11 ) KJV

The fact that Earth is at the center of the observable universe is empirical. The problem is, does anyone know what empirical means? Here are some definitions.

Empirical is based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic. Derived from or guided by experience or experiment.

– Empirical, definition (Dictionary)

Empirical is originating in or based on observation or experience,
relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory, capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment
of or relating to empiricism.

– Empirical, definition (Merriam-Webster)

We observe the sun rise and set every day. We observe the stars arc across the sky every night. In every direction the stars have an even distribution. The furthest stars are the same distance away regardless of what direction we look. From our vantage point in space, the Earth is at the exact center. It’s empirical. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the observable universe:

The observable universe is a spherical region of the Universe comprising all matter that can be observed from Earth at the present time.

– Observable universe, definition Wikipedia

The question is: is the universe more than what we can observe? The answer is unknown and it enters the realm of theory. We have to understand the difference between theoretical vs. empirical. Theory isn’t empirical. Theoretical and empirical are polar opposites, analogues of visible and invisible. Empirical is what we can see (visible) theoretical is what we can’t see (invisible). We may infer it, but nonetheless we can’t see it. Even if you start with an empirical observation, when you theorize about what it means the theory isn’t empirical.

Empirical means verifiable by direct observation. It’s not a heritable trait. The empirical nature of an observation doesn’t pass on to its theoretical descendants.

– Empirical, definition (Matty’s Paradigm)

The difference between the axioms in Matty’s Paradigm vs. SciPop is very simple: Matty’s axioms are self-evident. SciPop axioms are agreed upon (peer review).

1. Self-evident.
• It’s self-evident that Earth is at the center of the observable universe. It’s empirical.
2. Agreed upon (accepted).
• This is what peer review is for, it’s designed to agree on anything at all which helps to maintain the internal logical consistency of the SciPop paradigm. That’s why it has axioms which aren’t self-evident, like, we don’t observe the Earth orbiting the sun.
3. Established.
• It hasn’t been established that the Earth orbits the sun, that’s theoretical,
• the only way to confirm that the Earth orbits the sun is if you assume it first,
• (circular reasoning)
• peer review has agreed upon heliocentricity as an axiom, so it’s established based on having accepted it,
• (inductive, reductive circular reasoning).

#### Salvation

1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
• believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
2. confess your sin.