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Flat Earth Debate / Can I please join?
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:39:20 AM »
Reading this forum for the past few hours has led me to the conclusion that this whole movement is one elaborate joke, probably perpetrated by a bunch of scientists giggling in their lab at people's incredulity of it all.  It is by far the most preposterous theory I have ever heard in my life and a quick browse through the FAQs and other posts immediately exposes huge holes in their arguaments.

For example, the FAQs state that the conspiracy is orchestrated by governments, yet many supporters here say that it is just NASA as they want the money from the government but don't want to spend it all so they can keep it for themselves.  So which is it?  If it is the government, what do they have to gain from it?  Also, I really love the arguament that no one has a photo of the ice shelf at the edge as "the government" will shoot you down if you get too close.  Brilliant!  Which government are we talking about?  Does the ice shelf have its own one?

Anyway, I think it is all great fun and would love to join in too.  I am going to go to the pub tonight and tell all of my friends that I believe the earth is flat and delight in their bewilderment and whenever they come up with solid scientific evidence to the contrary I will say "Ah, but that's what they want you to think".

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Flat Earth Debate / Is a conspiracy just an excuse to ignore evidence?
« on: August 04, 2008, 06:24:44 AM »
It seems to me that many people will cry "conspiracy" as an excuse to ignore overwhelming evidence against their agruament.  It allows someone to claim that all the evidence is faked, not matter how solid or convincing it is.  This has been used an excuse for so many things from the moon landings to 9/11.  Of course, you could also claim that relgion is one giant conspiracy.  The eveidence against it is overwhelming, yet people still have blind faith in it. (see the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for an arguament that is just as plausible as Intelligent Design).  I digress.

I have only just found out about FET and I find it bemusing (and quite ammusing) that people really believe in this stuff.  My uncle is an airline pilot and, according to FET, he must be in the pocket of NASA as, surely he would notice something was not quite right about this "round" earth.  I'll have to ask him next time we speak.

My guess is that the proponents of FET are a mixture of the seriously deluded, insane or those who make money out of the whole thing (writing books, making speeches, holding seminars etc).

I don't mean to be rude or insult people but, surely, surely, no reasonable and rationable person can believe in this?

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