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Are Flat-Earthers Being Serious?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:10 PM

Members of the Flat Earth Society claim to believe the Earth is flat. Walking around on the planet's surface, it looks and feels flat, so they deem all evidence to the contrary, such as satellite photos of Earth as a sphere, to be fabrications of a "round Earth conspiracy" orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies.

But in the 21st century, can they be serious? And if so, how is this psychologically possible?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

Yes, just like YECs really think the earth is 6000 years old. They are serious.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

They are as serious as they can be, in fact, they even have "scientific" theories why it is possible to walk North to South and reach a point where you can only walk North from.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:29 PM

There is no evidence that is good enough to keep a determined conspiracy theorist from ripping into it - ever, this is proof positive of that.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:37 PM

I wonder where some get there ideas from.  I think they want it to be true badly enough to lie to themselves.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:49 PM

absolute insanity! :w00t: :rofl:


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

In the mind of a flat earther



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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:07 PM

Waaayyy too many conspiracy theory people out there.  

Think they need a hobby.  Crochet is nice.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:18 PM

His point that people need to examine evidence themselves and not just blindly accept scientific orthodoxy as reality is a very important one.

A measure of how far most people are from understanding this point is found in the amount of ridicule directed at flat earthers.

The earth is flat. Ask someone who has sailed around it: apart from the waves it is flat the whole way.

Edited by Golly Buster, 30 October 2012 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:28 PM

View PostGolly Buster, on 30 October 2012 - 10:18 PM, said:


The earth is flat. Ask someone who has sailed around it: apart from the waves it is flat the whole way.

That statement contradicts itself.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:39 PM

At least there are only about 3000 people in the flat earth society worldwide. :tu:


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:40 PM

View PostMichelle, on 30 October 2012 - 10:39 PM, said:

At least there are only about 3000 people in the flat earth society worldwide. :tu:

Well records are flat and round.  But you can fall off the side!


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:41 PM

View Postcoldethyl, on 30 October 2012 - 10:28 PM, said:

That statement contradicts itself.
I think that was the point.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:41 PM

View Postcoldethyl, on 30 October 2012 - 10:28 PM, said:

That statement contradicts itself.

I suppose its all a matter of perception based on perspective.

If we were 400 mile-tall giants, our heads would poke out the top of the atmosphere into space, and the earth would seem round or curved as we walked about on it's surface.

But being the tiny little ant-people that we are, we scurry about on a flat plane the whole time.

So its not only absurd for people to not acknowledge the fundamental flatness of the earth, its also disturbing that nowadays most people seem to actively deny it, despite it being the all-pervasive experience we all have of the surface of the planet we live on.

To appreciate that the earth is both flat and spherical depending on your point of view, is, as Obi Wan Kenobi would say, to have "taken your first step into a larger world."

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Edited by Golly Buster, 30 October 2012 - 10:44 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:45 PM

View PostGolly Buster, on 30 October 2012 - 10:41 PM, said:

I suppose its all a matter of perception based on perspective.

If we were 400 mile-tall giants, our heads would poke out the top of the atmosphere into space, and the earth would seem round or curved as we walked about on it's surface.

But being the tiny little ant-people that we are, we scurry about on a flat plane the whole time.

So its not only absurd for people to not acknowledge the fundamental flatness of the earth, its also disturbing that nowadays most people seem to actively deny it, despite it being the all-pervasive experience we all have of the surface of the planet we live on.

To appreciate that the earth is both flat and spherical depending on your point of view, is, as Obi Wan Kenobi would say, to have "taken your first step into a larger world."

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So what you're saying is they are just wanting people to buck convention, think for themselves and be more in a literal sense.  As you said, not just believe what they are told.

Don't just be fed by the machine.  They aren't being literal, but in a way, they are.

I see what you mean.





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