Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Message to Flat-Earthers

I left this comment awhile back on a video by Lori Gale, but when I re-read it today, it struck me as something anyone who buys into this flat-Earth idea should think about:
Could you, possibly, entertain the idea that the government doesn't give a hang about any of you, and that the entire flat-Earth "movement" is nothing more than a kind of mass hysteria, spread by the easy access to audiences afforded by YouTube and Twitter, the lack of scientific knowledge and skill in much of the general population, and a predisposition toward distrust?
Could it be that the more than 2000 years of science on the shape, size, motion, and position of the Earth have in fact produced reliable answers which, while they may be counter-intuitive, have allowed us to enjoy many fruits of civilization which have relied on this knowledge?
Could it be that the theoretical physicists, some of whom invented the core materials on which your digital technology is based, know more about the nature of things than the rest of us?
I am nearly a year into this flat-Earth fad, and I think that what I'm saying is far more likely.
 If you cannot, at the very least, entertain these ideas, then you are not being open-minded; you are merely latching onto to something, for whatever reason, instead of truly considering all the evidence available to you, and you do not deserve to call yourself a seeker of truth.

And it's time all of you faced that fact.

12 comments:

  1. Conspiracy theorists do seem to prefer the idea that there's someone in charge (no matter how corrupt those peopl would have to be to uphold a massive conspiracy) to the idea that there's no-one in charge.

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    1. I have no doubt that there are people in the world who wield a disproportionate amount of power, and that most of us allow ourselves to be led in directions that are not in our best interests.

      But you're right. Nobody controls everything. For though our planet is small in the context of the Universe, in the context of human civilization, the Earth is still a mighty big and unmanageable place.

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    2. Can you please explain to me how we can see the planets Venus and Mercury IF they are orbiting the sun in smaller concentric circles than the Earth - they would ALWAYS be on the 'sunny' side and thus would NEVER be able to be seen in the night sky

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    3. Drea mation, can you explain why it's so hard for flat-Earthers to address the topic at hand? Your question has absolutely nothing to do with this post or with Mr. Wilson's comment.

      If you want to know why we can see Venus and Mercury, consult an astronomer, who I'm sure would be glad to explain the relative orbital mechanics of the three planets, and would probably remind you that the two inner planets can only be seen low on the horizon at certain point in their and our orbits.

      Instead of bothering people with questions you have not bothered to research on your own, why don't you do something to actually make the Earth a better place to live? Because promoting the flat Earth is just a waste of everyone's time and energy.

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    4. Drea mation, this true-to-scale map of our solar system should explain, if you can understand basic geometry.
      http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

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    5. Andrew, I'd read that conspiracy belief is more likely among people who feel they have little control over their lives. I think in some ways it gives them someone to blame.

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    6. Drea mation, the thing is you can't see Venus at night. You can see venus right before sunrise or after sunset.

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  2. Gordon Brooks hear hear! Love it mate!

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  3. I'm beginning to think many of these people are just trolls who enjoy ticking off intelligent people with their nonsense.

    No matter how many times you give the correct explanation, they refuse to believe it.

    However for "True Believers", talking serpents and other fairy tales are taken literally and they are offended when you refuse to believe them.

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  4. the thing is, i haven't seen the fact yet

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    1. Not sure what you mean. What fact haven't you seen?

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