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Do people still believe the Earth is flat ?


Posted on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 | Comment icon 71 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Despite irrefutable evidence that the Earth is a sphere there are still some people who claim otherwise.

It is thought that early seafarers and philosophers were among the first to determine that the Earth was a sphere at least two thousand years ago and the idea is now so cemented in science that it would seem strange to doubt it. Not only have people directly viewed the curvature of the Earth from high above but there is now a mountain of photographs, video footage and data taken from space to corroborate this. So how can anyone claim the Earth is anything but a sphere ?

Enter the Flat Earth Society. With over 200 members the society is based squarely on the notion that not only is the Earth a flat disc but that every single piece of evidence to the contrary is actually part of a massive conspiracy orchestrated by NASA and the government.

While some members of the group see the concept as more of an epistemological exercise than a serious consideration, it appears that quite a few of them are genuinely adamant that what they believe is true.

"The theory follows from a mode of thought called the "Zetetic Method," an alternative to the scientific method, developed by a 19th-century flat-earther, in which sensory observations reign supreme."

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Comment icon #62 Posted by serial slasher on 2 November, 2012, 5:43
Comment icon #63 Posted by spud the mackem on 2 November, 2012, 9:59
Hiya "H",I think the thing is that these people have been brought up to believe this,the point is if you were told something by your Mum,and Dad,that certain things were true,absolute fact,would you have any reason to disbelieve them ?.Its not until you gain more experience and grow older that you begin to question what is true or not.Then You have to decide what is right or what is wrong.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Rlyeh on 2 November, 2012, 10:06
Well there is Mr Right Wing, from his reply abusing quantum physics, he thinks the universe exists in his head.
Comment icon #65 Posted by FlyingAngel on 2 November, 2012, 11:40
Yep. That way you can reach the space without needing a spaceship.
Comment icon #66 Posted by Hasina on 2 November, 2012, 11:43
Then why are we spending so much money on rockets and the like? NASA's either underfunded or massively overfunded if we could just walk right... oh right, massive conspiracy to make believe the world is round (for some reason) and the Ice Guards to keep back the Others... I mean... something, I don't know, can I just go read A Game of Thrones now?
Comment icon #67 Posted by FlyingAngel on 2 November, 2012, 11:47
You understand that I was being sarcastic, right? Damn, water must be an unlimited auto-regenerated resource to waste into the space each second like that.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Hasina on 2 November, 2012, 11:49
Yup, so was I, I was just furthering the joke along by continuing to bring up those Ice Guards... mostly because I really want to discuss with someone, once again why I wished we had a Flat Earther on the site, about the NASA employees who protect the giant ice wall around the flat Earth. Seems silly but I'd like to hear something detailed about it. would be interesting.
Comment icon #69 Posted by spud the mackem on 2 November, 2012, 17:42
I've got it !, it used to be a ball but a meteor crashed into it and gave it a puncture,so now its flat, this of course is only my theory. Let the scientists prove me wrong.
Comment icon #70 Posted by The Unseen on 7 November, 2012, 5:49
wow,Really?The world is flat and the moon is made of cheese,,I really don't know what to say.Am I dreaming?Are there really fools out there who think the world is flat?Never seems to amaze me ,except this one time.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 7 November, 2012, 10:42
But it is flat and of course the moon is made of cheese...
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