Flat Earth

The Bad Astronomer posted about this BBC article, but I just need to chime in.


According to the BBC, the idea that the Earth is flat, and not an oblate spheroid, is still alive and well
amongst people who are obviously unsuitable for being around my children.

Two of the interviewees said:

Mr Davis now believes “the Earth is flat and horizontally infinite – it stretches horizontally forever”.

“And it is at least 9,000 kilometres deep”, he adds.

James McIntyre, a British-based moderator of a Flat Earth Society discussion website, has a slightly different take. “The Earth is, more or less, a disc,” he states. “Obviously it isn’t perfectly flat thanks to geological phenomena like hills and valleys. It is around 24,900 miles in diameter.”

In this day and age, the fact that someone who was interviewed for a news story (that was posted on the Internet!) can believe that the Globular Earth Theory is a massive conspiracy just boggles my foot. I like to think I’m relatively tolerant about people’s beliefs and such, but if someone were to present this idea to me as fact, I’d have to either tell them they were a bonehead and leave, or if they were at my house, let them know that they were no longer welcome. Some types of anti-intellectualism should not be tolerated.

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2 Responses to Flat Earth

  1. Chris says:

    I REALLY want to know how they explain time zones.

    or

    what the navigators are really doing when they sail around the planet.

    or

    why low pressure systems spin one way, and high pressure systems spin the other.

    or

    why their brains don’t work.

  2. Bill says:

    Actually, the navigation thing is covered in the BBC article.

    “A cursory examination of a flat earth map fairly well explains the reason – the North Pole is central, and Antarctica comprises the entire circumference of the Earth. Circumnavigation is a case of travelling in a very broad circle across the surface of the Earth.”

    I congratulate myself that I’m unable to understand how the mind of someone like that works.

    When presented with overwhelming evidence: [ctrl-alt-del]

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