I have just learned that today there are actually people who think that the earth is flat. This is the first time I heard about it and I don't quite understand how people can come to a conclusion like that. Apparently, gravitaion as such doesn't exist, either.
I have a Facebook 'friend' (I knew her IRL, a long time ago) who is a fervent believer in chemtrails and flat earth theory. She posts a lot of stuff - there's a lot of 'evidence' and believers out there.
I see this really often, especially in summer. We're on a flight path, and you can actually see the contrails (cirrus aviaticus) spread out over the course of the day to create a layer of haze which can block out the sun. It's really annoying.
Last year a Saudi sheikh denied the Earth's rotation around itself and around the sun. Most Muslims reject his claims, but some do actually believe him.
A few years ago, an Iraqi "astronomer" claimed that the Earth was flat. The fact that they're having that debate on TV and being serious about it, summarizes the reasons why 1.6 billion Muslims only have 3 Nobel Prizes in science and literature.
“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”
Post by raspberrybullets on May 1, 2016 0:11:39 GMT
The irony of it all never ceases to astound me!
The sight filled the northern sky; the imensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. ~ Northern Lights
I don't know if they believe the earth is flat but there are those who seem to think "If I have not seen it myself, I can't know that it is true". So since they have not experienced The Holocaust themselves, they are skeptical. Why should they believe teachers or books? It could be all made up. There are a few survivors left to visit schools and tell. When they are dead, there are only written testimonies, and they might be made up.
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)
Yeah, but the flat-earth thing is puzzling even so. I get not feeling confidence in second-hand information, but anyone can see the earth is round just by standing in any broad plain. That's not just sailors—they've always known the earth is round, Washington Irving notwithstanding. But it's clear enough if you live in the US plains, and even in hilly country any high hill or flat airport will give you a clear view of the clouds curving below the horizon.
I, too, thought when I first heard about it that it must be a joke. It probably was, at first, don't you think?
(Clearly I'm bored, dredging up this thread. But I'm going to bed now.)