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11 million Brazilians believe that the Earth is flat

Posted on Friday, 6 March, 2020 | Comment icon 22 comments

Flat Earth theory is turning into something of a global concern. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
A surprisingly large number of people in Brazil subscribe to the idea that our planet is not what it seems.
In the age of orbiting satellites, interplanetary spacecraft and a fully manned space station, the fact that the Earth is round (an oblate spheroid) is as indisputable as the nose on your face.

Remarkably however, there are still those who remain adamant that the Earth is actually flat.

One country in which belief in this rather bizarre concept is particularly widespread is Brazil, a nation in which, according to recent polling data, as much as 7 percent of the population think that the Earth is flat - that's a whopping 11 million people.

Some have linked this trend, along with a rise in the popularity of creationism and climate change denial, to the evangelical Christian church which has become increasingly dominant in Brazil over the last few decades with over a quarter of the population now identifying as evangelical.

This, in turn, has helped fuel the rise to power of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro whose political associate Olavo de Carvalho infamously Tweeted that he 'could not refute' flat Earth concepts.
"I didn't study the subject of the flat Earth," he wrote. "I just watched a few videos of experiments that show that aquatic surfaces are flat - and so far I haven't found anything to refute them."

Sadly, despite being based on absolutely no logic or evidence whatsoever, the idea that the Earth is flat seems to be continuing to gain traction all over the world like some sort of virus.

"We've known for certain the Earth isn't flat since Galileo, since the early 17th century," said astronomer Roberto Costa from the University of Sao Paulo.

"But the ancient Greeks had pieced it together more than 2,000 years ago."

"To scientists, this (Flat-Earth theory) seems more like a topic for psychologists or sociologists to study. The Earth's shape isn't a scientific problem to astronomers."

Source: France24 | Comments (22)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by CrimsonKing on 6 March, 2020, 22:08
@Piney...what's worse bud,this or the Atlantis crowd?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 6 March, 2020, 22:32
Atlantis - this lot are just idiots, the Atlantis mob are idiots who p*** all over history, culture and beliefs.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myles on 7 March, 2020, 14:23
No educated person really believes the Earth is flat.
Comment icon #16 Posted by mktexan on 7 March, 2020, 15:08
Climate change denial? Climates have always changed, we just dispute the pseudoscience of squarely blaming humans for a process that clearly existed far before us.
Comment icon #17 Posted by GlitterRose on 7 March, 2020, 16:51
If people are determinedto choose ignorance, no one can force them to choose otherwise.
Comment icon #18 Posted by kobolds on 9 March, 2020, 6:05
it could be true, depend on how you see it. if you take out all water , you will see one long flat land
Comment icon #19 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod on 9 March, 2020, 10:59
These flat earth folks also believe Australia is fake. It doesn't fit their flat earth models. LOL
Comment icon #20 Posted by acute on 9 March, 2020, 13:35
If you want to believe kangaroos are real, that's up to you.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Tuco's Gas on 12 March, 2020, 1:39
Yes, perspective is indeed important. Maybe that's what those crazy Brazilians were thinking of when they answered the question about the shape of their planet. They thought the question referred to "how does the planet look to you?" Maybe the question's true meaning got lost in translation! After all, they speak Portugese in that country; not Spanish like they should be. LOL
Comment icon #22 Posted by seetheSeeker on 6 April, 2020, 10:13
As a Christian, I speak for many others who know for sure the earth isn?t flat. The Bible does not say the earth is flat, which is a false claim of sadly too many of my brothers and sisters. Even observation and critical thought from home makes clear the earth is a spheroid. Another false claim is that planets aren?t planets but angels.. why then do I see Saturn?s rings with a telescope. Religion and science don?t have to be mortal enemies.

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