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Why, take the case of Thales, Theodorus. While he was studying the stars and looking upwards, he fell into a pit, and a neat, witty Thracian servant girl jeered at him, they say, because he was so eager to know the things in the sky that he could not see what was there before him at his very feet. The same jest applies to all who pass their lives in philosophy.
Originally posted by ManFromEurope
reply to post by jiggerj
It should be impossible for you to watch the parallactic movement of stars. This is an instrument to measure the distance to closer stars, but usually it takes about half a year to detect a movement, as the earth half-circles the sun resulting in the maximum distance between two points of measurement.
As the stars are so very far away, it is not possible for the human eye to watch any positional change (aka "movement") of stars on a simple walk down the street.
It must have been something different, I think in ways of tricks to the eye, maybe by wandering through dark and light areas (lamps) or watching something really moving like a plane or a satellite - if you took that real moving point as a reference, therefore as a standing point, everything else would seem to move.
Trust me, the stars didn't move. We other 7 billion people would have seen that, too.