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King Canute, what we can learn from him?
by Lawrence Hebb
01/30/11
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King Canute
Short article By Lawrence Hebb
620 words
Centuries ago there was a King lived in England who actually used to defy the Sea to stop encroaching on his land and retreat back further out! King Canute was regarded (even in his own time) as a bit of an oddball, he would have his seat placed at the mouth of an estuary and order the sea to retreat.
‘What the heck’ I hear you saying, ‘are you on about?’ well with the avalanche of supposed knowledge hitting us all the time, if you don’t fully accept what the establishment says you can feel like old King Canute at the mouth of that estuary ordering the sea to retreat and looking really odd to those around you.

Scientists tell us that the Universe is 14 billion years old. They tell us that ‘as a fact’ yet the facts they quote us tells us a different story. For example, if the Universe was 14 billion years old and has been expanding all that time then you would expect that the Universe would be 28 billion light years across! However, it isn’t!
The latest calculation says that our universe is actually 130 billion light years across!
Another thing that evolution tells us is that the speed of light is constant, if it wasn’t then Einstein’s Theory of relativity doesn’t work, the problem with saying it doesn’t work means that they would have to rewrite all scientific literature written in the 20th Century.
The problem is that the speed of light has been measured over 130 times in the last three hundred and fifty years. Using at least thirteen methods of measuring it’s speed they’ve come up with at least thirteen speeds for light, each of which had a margin for error but none of them corresponded!
‘Just where are you going?’ I can hear the question on your lips. Well I’ve never really been one to accept what others are telling me without checking it out first. When I was a kid I simply just couldn’t bring myself to accept some of the things I was told. I remember arguing with my Biology teacher that Evolution couldn’t be right simply because all things had to have a use!
At the time, the Biology teacher thought that she’d won the argument because she used the Human Appendix as a relic of Evolution that has no use today. It took me a long time to find an answer (35 years to be precise) but recently I read of research in the United States that had established that the Human Appendix really did have a use.
It turns out that the appendix plays a crucial role when you get food poisoning as it’s the place where the ‘good bacteria’ retreat to when the body is being overwhelmed by the stuff giving you the poisoning (I wish I could tell my Biology teacher that but I’m on
At times I have felt like King Canute ordering the sea to retreat and looking really strange to all who saw him, just like those of us to stick to what we know to be true even when all the evidence is against us (or it seems to be!)
What happened to King Canute, well he was the a Viking King who reigned in the 10th Century, he was King of both England and Denmark, he was Denmark’s first Christian King.
What happened to the estuary, well the village where he used to order the sea back is now a town called Knutsford (Canute’s ford) and it’s now forty miles inland!


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