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    Re: a grand tradition
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2011 Oct 20, 16:52 -0700

    John H., you wrote:
    "I agree that part of the problem is that it's a disconnected fact - but is part of their every day experience nonetheless. The answer is right around them."

    That's very true, and that's one big lesson you're trying to teach them, I would imagine. But it's really tricky. People see what they know. Most people have no idea how high the Sun is at apparent noon in winter versus summer. My favorite example on this score is seeing the Moon in daylight. People go their whole lives believing that the Moon is only visible at night. When they do see the Moon in daylight, I have often wondered what thought process occurs. Do they think it's a cloud that looks like the Moon? Do they think it's some sort of mirage or reflection? Or do their minds simply ignore the visual information? Seeing sun dogs is similar. They happen quite regularly. But most people don't "see" them.

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