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Flat Earth conspiracy is continuing to spread

Posted on Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 | Comment icon 56 comments

No, the Earth is not flat... seriously.... it really isn't. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, more and more people now believe that the Earth is flat.
What was once little more than a tongue-in-cheek thought exercise has now become something of a movement unto its own - a belief that is gaining in popularity despite flying in the face of centuries of established science, indisputable physical evidence and more than an iota of common sense.

The third annual Flat Earth International Conference, which was recently held in Dallas, Texas, was attended by more than 600 people whose unshakable belief that science is wrong, spaceflight is fake and that the Earth is a flat disc has brought them together from all over the world.

"We've all been communicating online (but) this brings us together so we can shake hands and give each other hugs," said attendee David Weiss. "We can collaborate, we can make new friends. Because guess what, our old friends... we lost a lot of friends."

The fact that the Earth is round (an oblate spheroid) is as indisputable as the nose on your face - so why do so many people believe otherwise ?
"People, in essence, are just trying to understand the world," said conspiracy theory psychologist Daniel Jolley. "They may have distrust towards powerful people or groups, which could be the government or NASA, and when they look towards evidence that makes sense to them."

"This world view (is) endorsed. It's difficult to break out of that mindset."

Perhaps at the end of the day, the Flat Earth movement is as much about people finding a connection with other like-minded individuals than it is about actually proving that the Earth is flat.

As things stand, it seems unlikely that such beliefs are going to die out anytime soon.

Source: Medical Daily | Comments (56)

Tags: Flat Earth

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #47 Posted by Calibeliever on 21 November, 2019, 18:57
There's certainly a "counter-culture" component to it. 
Comment icon #48 Posted by Peterk505 on 21 November, 2019, 19:00
Yeah they love it just because you hate it. Think punk rock  
Comment icon #49 Posted by DanL on 21 November, 2019, 21:36
I am not surprised that the numbers of flat-earthers is growing. People are getting stupider at an ever-increasing rate. These people wallow in ignorance and are the ones that believe every stupid e-mail scam that comes their way. they don't bother me at all. I just look at them like I would a 30-year old that still believes in Santa Claus. Their gene pool is so shallow that unless they have totally flat feet they can't get their arches wet.
Comment icon #50 Posted by Desertrat56 on 21 November, 2019, 21:39
Remember the emails that were passed around over and over about the post office charging 5 cents and email?   Those people who believed that email are the ones who are not the flat earthers. 
Comment icon #51 Posted by Hankenhunter on 24 November, 2019, 2:15
Yup, grifting as a political career. 
Comment icon #52 Posted by GlitterRose on 24 November, 2019, 3:38
It's the new "reality."  Up is down, right is left, and everyone decides their own "truth."  Oh, and you'd better not tell them it's stupid, because no one wants to be bothered with facts anymore.   
Comment icon #53 Posted by Tatetopa on 24 November, 2019, 4:25
Maybe the title of this thread should be Flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading across the disk
Comment icon #54 Posted by Trelane on 24 November, 2019, 14:28
Once again....
Comment icon #55 Posted by toast on 1 December, 2019, 10:53
Ok, then please tell me what she has improved in the last 3 years.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Desertrat56 on 1 December, 2019, 20:37
Not a damn thing, notice I said "she has only been ruining things..."  Not a typo, the I is intentional.  My point is most of the stuff listed has been going on a couple of decades or more, it has just been more subtle than it is now with dumb betsy ruining it.

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