Terrors of the Flat Earth

Don’t laugh. This is terrifying. It’s only 10 minutes long, but you need to watch this. You need to be aware that these people are out there. The real issue goes far beyond the growing Flat Earth movement, and toward general denial of science and the rejection of objective reality. This video is a clear example of people seeing something with their own eyes and still saying Nope, I’ll stick with my crazy theory that makes no sense and can’t be proven.

Climate change is killing the planet. There are outbreaks of diseases that had been eradicated decades ago, because of anti-vaxxers. Everything after that is small potatoes, but still a sign of willful ignorance. We’re not going to die directly because someone rejects evolution or the big bang. It will just be quackery and the loss of real science that dooms us.

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  1. My question is why? Is It that (to quote an old tv ad) they ‘…would rather fight than switch”? They are so frightened of anything too different or complicated that committed denial is the only option?I remember something my father ( a television engineer) used to say – “to many people, I just make pictures fly through the air”. Extremism is birthed from fear, but I find it hard to comprehend what it is that they are afraid of.

  2. I wish I still had the paper. I’m sure I still have the disk some where… but, I’m getting ahead of myself. For a critical thinking and logic course (for my Philosophy degree) I wrote a paper about Hollow Earth theory. I contacted the author of a then relatively recent book on the subject. At the time he was still trying to raise funds for an icebreaker to take him to the North Pole. He generously sent me a pdf copy of his book which I still have saved on disc some where.

    He’s serious. Flat Earthers are serious. I can’t even begin to comprehend how these things are things. More people believe these things now than did when it was “excusable.” A simple observation of the heavens puts the lie to Flat Earth theory. Some elementary geology knowledge takes the air out of Hollow Earth theory (yes, I went there). And, Anti-vaxxers… Don’t even get me started, because I wouldn’t know where to begin.

  3. I’m pretty sure I had that book, but now I can’t remember the title or the author. I ended up giving it to Xose. The gravitas of the thing, and the whole academic approach, was fascinating. Batshit crazy, but fascinating.

    If you watched the video, you’ll see that these people not only think the Earth is flat, they think we’re living in The Truman Show. There’s a dome, there are no stars, the sun and moon are lights. It’s a cult. I have heard people in other interviews with Flat Earthers say that they take comfort in the belief that life isn’t random, that this was all purpose-built. It’s creepy.

  4. It’s not always fear. People also like feeling special. A lot of Flat Earthers seem to groove on being part of the “in” group. Only they know The Truth. That allows them to feel superior to us fools who cling to objective, fact-based reality. It’s decidedly cult-like behavior. There’s a lot of gaslighting happening.

  5. I can go to the arctic circle, meet a man recognized by the government as officially Santa, tour his workshop, mail a letter that will be postmarked from Santa Claus Village. REAL. Flat Earthers? Nothing.

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