Whoa.strangerep said:Long ago, I briefly knew a guy who was a full-on genuine member of the Flat Earth Society. His explanation for why planes can travel around the world and end up where they started is that "it's like following a circle around a flat disc". I never could get an explanation out of him for what happens if another plane flies in a direction initially at 90 deg to the first.
But there are worse things in life. His wife was a full-on schizophrenic who "actually saw" woodland fairies and sprites when walking in a nature reserve. One of their friends could "talk to animals" and... (wait for it...) hear them talking back in plain English.
Yet, for the most part, they all carried on lives that would appear superficially normal to a casual observer.
Probably means you would have a hard time explaining mathematical dimensions to him.strangerep said:I never could get an explanation out of him for what happens if another plane flies in a direction initially at 90 deg to the first.
Probably confabulated with the age of the universe.Evo said:scientists say the Earth is 14 billion years old.
When I was younger I thought the idea of Flat Earthers was just a fun joke and that they did not exist in reality. Oh, how I miss the naivety of my youth .strangerep said:Long ago, I briefly knew a guy who was a full-on genuine member of the Flat Earth Society.
ooohkay...Evo said:He actually believed that scientists created the bones and buried them to be "found".
Evo said:He actually believed that scientists created the bones and buried them to be "found".
Actually, that’s not too crazy Some years back, a paper was published in the journal Nano Letters discussing how nanorods of gold were fabricated in a really interesting “chopstick” formation. The chemistry blog Chembark noticed something really funny about the microscope images that were within the paper—only to reveal the nanorods were photoshopped into the “chopstick” structures. When you look at the images, it’s really badly done Photoshop work, too (actually some were saying that it's so bad, it was probably done on MS paint). It was really quite unbelievable considering that Nano Letters is a very well recognized journal and the paper about the gold nanorods was peer reviewed.DennisN said:ooohkay...
Evo said:I'm currently watching "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman on National Geogrpahic. Sad, so much misinformation. He just said that the Big Bang was formed from a single point.
He admitted that he is a Christian and holds Christian beliefs. Oh well. maybe they should have found someone with an open scientific mind for this series. He seems to not believe in other religious beliefs, not open towards them. He tells the stories of other religions with an "are they joking?" attitude. Like the hindu pantheon of gods.
OMG, he just said that scientists say the Earth is 14 billion years old. I can't watch this anymore.
Evo said:Well I worked with a Young Earth Creationist that would explain dinosaurs as "you can create anything you want from a pile of bones. He actually believed that scientists created the bones and buried them to be "found". You just don't argue reason with people like this, you just nod and walk away.
Just goes to show that there is "someone for everyone" in the world.strangerep said:But there are worse things in life. His wife was a full-on schizophrenic who "actually saw" woodland fairies and sprites when walking in a nature reserve. One of their friends could "talk to animals" and... (wait for it...) hear them talking back in plain English.
But in the context of "misinformation" it's dead on.davenn said:that's dreadful information
newjerseyrunner said:The Earth is a flat plane on the back of a turtle, I don't see how anyone could dispute that. You can even see the turtle if you take enough drugs.
It's turtles...all the way down.Hepth said:I thought it was supported by 4 elephants that rode on its shell, no?
Hepth said:I thought it was supported by 4 elephants that rode on its shell, no?
If it were harmless, I'd agree. But it's not: such people tend to validate and deepen each other's psychopathy. Eventually reality intervenes and their worlds implode, leading to severe mental breakdowns and hospitalization. I've had the misfortune of observing this process a few times at (reasonably) close range. Not pretty.1oldman2 said:Just goes to show that there is "someone for everyone" in the world.strangerep said:[...schizophrenics...]
If we replied in detail to every piece of crackpot nonsense on the Internet, we'd never get any actual work done.Pamtastic67 said:I just wonder what you guys have to say about that.
I think he was pulling your leg.Pamtastic67 said:Today i met a pilot for Alaska Airlines. I have been debating with my son on the flat Earth theory for years. So i asked this pilot if he thinks the Earth is flat and he laughed at me and said that it would be impossible to land an airplane on a spinning ball, "Impossible!" he said and this guy has been flying 737s in and out of southeast Alaska for the last 15 years.
The Flat Earth Society is a group of individuals who reject the scientific evidence that the Earth is round, and instead believe that the Earth is flat. They claim that the Earth is a flat disk, with the North Pole at the center and Antarctica forming an ice wall around the edge.
No, there is no scientific evidence to support the theory of a flat Earth. The belief is based on outdated and inaccurate interpretations of ancient texts and flawed experiments. All modern evidence, including satellite images and GPS technology, clearly shows that the Earth is round.
There are a variety of reasons why some people may still believe in a flat Earth. Some may be skeptical of mainstream science and prefer to believe in alternative theories. Others may feel a sense of community and belonging within the Flat Earth Society. Some may also simply enjoy the idea of questioning commonly held beliefs.
The belief in a flat Earth has little impact on society as a whole, as the scientific evidence for a round Earth is overwhelming. However, it can lead to misinformation and confusion, and may hinder scientific progress if people reject established scientific principles and methods.
While there is no inherent danger in believing in a flat Earth, it can lead to a distrust of science and a rejection of critical thinking. This can have negative consequences in terms of decision-making and problem-solving. Additionally, spreading false information about a flat Earth can be harmful to those who may be influenced by it.