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Anyone think the Earth is flat? AIBU to think these are stupid?

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Fresta Tue 14-Nov-17 07:40:40

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/41973119/why-do-people-still-think-the-earth-is-flat

I mean... really?

hotbutteredcrumpetsandtea Tue 14-Nov-17 08:15:16

There are always a few people who believe very stupid things. Hell, there are often many people who believe in very stupid things. Flat earth isn't much stupider than crystals and homeopathy in the nonsense stakes.

This idea that in general though, everyone thought the earth was flat at some point is really stupid. The ancient greeks knew the earth was a globe, not only was it accepted as truth it was proved by scientific experiment, Eratosthenes even calculated the circumference of the Earth.
Some people through the ages believed in the disc theory, but probably not nearly as many as who knew it was a globe. A fairly cursory curiosity about the stars and the sun made it easy enough to intuit.

Ifailed Tue 14-Nov-17 08:25:32

I doubt if anyone with any access to a decent education truly thinks the world is flat, it's more a 'Look At Me' thing, trying to show how quirky and non-conformist they are.

Andrewofgg Tue 14-Nov-17 09:03:59

Flat earth is intelligent compared with astrology.

And at least SFAIK nobody is separating fools from their money by flat-earthery. I regard it as a harmless eccentricity.

ButterfliesAreWeird Tue 14-Nov-17 09:11:45

I mean it's just like any religion. Take it how you will

Seeline Tue 14-Nov-17 09:14:57

It's not quite like religion though - it has been proven that the earth is round. Pictures from space clearly show it - even from an aeroplane you can get a good idea - if you don't believe the science stuff.
No-one has actually proven that the main religions aren't based on something.

Feckitall Tue 14-Nov-17 09:17:06

ahh...but don't forget pictures from space are part of the conspiracy...'they' are trying to control you don't you know...wink

c3pu Tue 14-Nov-17 09:19:01

Flat earthers, Moon landing conspiracists, Anti Vaxxers, Holocaust deniers - they all share a common platform IMHO.

Ifailed Tue 14-Nov-17 09:19:17

No-one has actually proven that the main religions aren't based on something
Because you can't, see Bertrand Russell's Teapot.

TheClaws Tue 14-Nov-17 09:20:30

I read the other day that some people believe that vitamin C in an acceptable treatment for venomous snakebites. (The kind that can kill you within half an hour if an antidote isn’t administered.) hmm So they’re out there, and they are people we think are reasonable otherwise.

makeourfuture Tue 14-Nov-17 09:29:15

Trickle down economists....

wasonthelist Tue 14-Nov-17 09:31:20

It’s obvious the earth can’t be flat - all the cats would have pushed everything off the edges by now

BeyondNoone Tue 14-Nov-17 09:34:35

I actually read a physicist recently arguing that the horizon is due to refraction in the atmosphere, and not that the Earth is round...

(Google "flat earthers explanations of the horizon")

Laiste Tue 14-Nov-17 09:49:10

Well i like the fact that not everyone toes the line and believes the same as everyone else grin

There's very little in our lives that we know because we've found it out or experienced it for ourselves. Most of what ''we'' know is stuff which someone else has found out and told us is correct.

After all, science and discovery begins with the idea that our knowledge is not complete.

Laiste Tue 14-Nov-17 09:49:52

I love the cats theory wasonthelist grin

Natsku Tue 14-Nov-17 10:04:17

Have said this a few times on mumsnet but I'm a member of the Flat Earth Society. It's mostly a debate society really, an exercise in defending an impossible position.

silenceisadistantmemory Tue 14-Nov-17 10:07:51

You’re going to get told off for calling them stupid in a minute.

All views being equally valid these days etc.

Goldenhandshake Tue 14-Nov-17 10:13:05

Flat earthers, Moon landing conspiracists, Anti Vaxxers, Holocaust deniers - they all share a common platform IMHO.

^ This.

They are all cut from the same paranoid, belligerent, idiotic cloth.

Primaryteach87 Tue 14-Nov-17 10:15:11

I know someone with this belief. I was pretty shocked! They also are very very keen to convert others to this belief.....

TheClaws Tue 14-Nov-17 10:17:14

Golden They are all woke and ^ educated^ while the rest of us are just sheeple.

VileyRose Tue 14-Nov-17 10:18:13

I agree Natsku.

Goldenhandshake Tue 14-Nov-17 10:18:43

TheClaws Oh Christ I forgot about all that 'stay woke' bollocks that goes with it

WineAndTiramisu Tue 14-Nov-17 10:23:33

I'm pretty sure the flat earth society is a debating society, they don't actually believe it.

However I'm sure there are people who do... Not sure you can argue with that level of stupidity

Guavaf1sh Tue 14-Nov-17 10:43:23

I agree with Wine - most of them are testing theories and don't actually believe it. Just seeing if there are any back doors

Seeline Tue 14-Nov-17 10:59:26

Ifailed that was my point exactly! It has been proven and seen that the earth I not flat. This cannot be done with religion, so the two concepts are not comparable as suggested by a PP.

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