Flat earthers actually being insane, what are the odds?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by Tralay, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. Tralay Registered Member

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    I've recognized that there is a definite disconnect from reality exhibited by these flat earthers. Could it be that there is a prominent defect in their brain chemistry that causes them to be able to see some form of sense within nonsense?
     
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  3. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    We are all insane

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    Just some of us like you and me hide it better than others

    And I am not to sure about you

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  5. Tralay Registered Member

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    I guess the fact that we have somehow hovered across the interwebs and landed on this site gives credence to your opinion lol....

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  7. birch Valued Senior Member

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    I've read some of their premise, especially about the horizon. It's just that they really want to understand and often many people just assume what scientists say as gospel without understanding it as well. That's ignorance just the same, well, and blind faith.

    I mean honestly, why do most people believe the earth is a sphere? Because scientists say so and they have seen pictures from space. The same people who thought that it was flat if it were not for astronomers to tell them differently but do they 'really' know? Think about it. Have they gone out and conducted tests to verify? Who is more ignorant? Neither one is really more ignorant than the other, just for different reasons.
     
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  8. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    I look beliefs like flat earthers as mostly being into some sort of conspiracy theory

    Then I question why

    Why would they want to keep from us the information that the world is flat not not round?

    What do they gain?

    Not heard any good explanation yet

    Anybody care to put forward any ideas of who they are and how it profits them to keep the rest of us believing in a ball Earth and not a flat Earth?

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  9. birch Valued Senior Member

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    Im not saying they are right at all. It's just that many who do think the earth is not flat is also due to popular belief, not actual knowledge. Because they were told so. Scientists could tell the public anything and most would believe it, not that there is any reason to lie but people know that science is the most rigorous system of methodology but that still doesn't mean the public actually ' knows' but the trust is put into the experts who do.
     
  10. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Flat earthers are part of the public so the question still remains

    which experts are the flat earthers listening to?

    Still looks like they listen to conspiracy theoriest

    Also appears they don't research anything

    As long as not doing harm I don't have any problem

    I might start to question if they build a Church and claim tax free status

    The next step would be to set up a drilling operation in the Church to dig down to the turtle

    No messing with turtle carrying our round Earth on its back

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  11. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    It's four elephants holding the disc of the earth. Great A'tuin, the - or a - World Turtle (Chelys galactica), is carrying the elephants.
    There's a better way:

    Unless that's some other world.
     
  12. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Correct

    Note you are talking about flat disc world

    Whereas our round ball Earth did away with the elephants and went straight to turtles all the way down

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  13. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Are there any Flat Earth believers?

    There used to be a Flat Earth society in England. They were not serious believers, merely some affluent folks with a sense of humour.
     
  14. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I tend to tar all "believers" with the same brush. There are lots of people who believe in a spherical (approximately) earth with no more reason than people who believe in a flat earth. If your belief happens to coincide with reality, that doesn't make it a superior belief.
     
  15. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    Flat earth ''believers'' make up a relatively small percentage of the population and of what I've read about them, their beliefs are usually tied in with conspiracy theory thinking. I'm not quite sure what would motivate such self-deception. (that's what I'd consider it to be)
     
  16. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    I believe in a ball Earth from evidence

    If your belief happens to coincide with reality, that doesn't make it a superior belief

    Of course it does. With overwhelming evidence it goes beyond belief and makes it close enough to a fact to be called such

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  17. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I think his point was simply that many people just take it on faith, not on evidence. I'll bet if you asked the teen taking a duck-face selfie in a rave bar (or whatever the kids are calling it) what empirical evidence she has that makes her conclude the Earth is round, she'll say 'because everyone else says it is' rather than 'the Earth's shadow during a Lunar Eclipse is round'.
     
  18. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Well, if it "goes beyond belief" it isn't belief any more, is it?
     
  19. Goldtop Registered Senior Member

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    One of the most common themes I've seen of many flat earthers is their heavy devotion to Christianity.
     
  20. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Or they are just trolling you.
     
  21. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Correct

    It morphs into fact as I stated

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