Pyrite

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Photograph by Wesley Elsberry.

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Pyrite, or iron pyrite – fool’s gold.

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What is the scale we are looking at, Wes?

Look at that clear, simple DESIGN. And yet it wasn’t designed. Or do the drive-by trolls maintain that it was, along with every other crystal in the universe?

It’s the Time Cube!

Just Bob said:

Look at that clear, simple DESIGN. And yet it wasn’t designed. Or do the drive-by trolls maintain that it was, along with every other crystal in the universe?

.. and if you explain that apparent design like this is the result of natural chemical and atomic behaviour, you get “ah, but who determined the behaviour?”

As Lucy van Pelt says, “hopeless… completely hopeless.”

What’s funny is that such a simple shape actually looks far more like actual design than do almost all features of life. That’s because it appears to be rationally composed, while it’s obvious that life reproduces sans rationality, and its features appear, well, evolved, not rationally designed.

But hey, the IDiots can point out that their “explanatory filter” won’t catch a pyrite cube as designed. This is because pyrite is known not to be designed. Of course, by the same token we can say the same of life, they just won’t allow that it actually wasn’t designed–since the “explanatory filter” only has always existed only to confuse life with designed objects, not to honestly distinguish between design and evolution.

Glen Davidson

The crystal looks suspiciously like galena, if you ask me.

It’s a Spanish pyrite, isn’t it?

Glen Davidson

Mike Elzinga said: What is the scale we are looking at, Wes?

The California pyrite about 60 per cent down http://www.rockpow.com/archive.htm has cubes about two inches on a side.

Glen Davidson said:

It’s a Spanish pyrite, isn’t it?

Glen Davidson

How come the stuff that comes from Cornwall is never brought up? Nobody remembers the pyrites of Penzance…

Wheels said:

Glen Davidson said:

It’s a Spanish pyrite, isn’t it?

Glen Davidson

How come the stuff that comes from Cornwall is never brought up? Nobody remembers the pyrites of Penzance…

It’s been displaced by the Pyrites of the Caribbean.

How was it used to start a fire?

Old Ari said:

How was it used to start a fire?

Trade some for a Bic?

dpr

I can’t believe how nearly perfectly straight the edges are. Guess it’s a case of straighten up and pyrite.

Mike Elzinga said:

What is the scale we are looking at, Wes?

The pyrite cube is about 19mm on each side. It does come from a mine in Spain.

It was quite a pain to light so that any surface texture could be seen at all on the cube.

Wesley R. Elsberry said:

Mike Elzinga said:

What is the scale we are looking at, Wes?

The pyrite cube is about 19mm on each side. It does come from a mine in Spain.

It was quite a pain to light so that any surface texture could be seen at all on the cube.

Nice job getting the different colors on the different faces.

Did you use any polarizing filters on the lighting or on the camera?

Mike Elzinga said:

Wesley R. Elsberry said:

Mike Elzinga said:

What is the scale we are looking at, Wes?

The pyrite cube is about 19mm on each side. It does come from a mine in Spain.

It was quite a pain to light so that any surface texture could be seen at all on the cube.

Nice job getting the different colors on the different faces.

Did you use any polarizing filters on the lighting or on the camera?

Nope, no filters were involved. I wanted reflections exaggerated. The lights were of different color temperatures, though.

Wesley R. Elsberry said:

Nope, no filters were involved. I wanted reflections exaggerated. The lights were of different color temperatures, though.

Ah, the higher color temperature on the left, the lower color temperature on the right.

It’s a really nice effect. When I first saw it, I was startled at how 3-dimensional it looked. The cube actually seems to float above the substrate below. That is really hard to do in a 2-D photograph.

Mike Elzinga said:

Wesley R. Elsberry said:

Nope, no filters were involved. I wanted reflections exaggerated. The lights were of different color temperatures, though.

Ah, the higher color temperature on the left, the lower color temperature on the right.

It’s a really nice effect. When I first saw it, I was startled at how 3-dimensional it looked. The cube actually seems to float above the substrate below. That is really hard to do in a 2-D photograph.

I just tried out a pair of those red/blue glasses for viewing 3-D photos; and it actually seems to enhance the 3-D effect.

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I wonder if it’s time to close this thread?

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