UK Skeptic Invitation

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Lord Wilmore

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UK Skeptic Invitation
« on: April 06, 2011, 06:43:53 AM »
I've received an invitation to speak at a meeting of the Cheltenham Skeptics on behalf of the Flat Earth Society. As I live in Ireland and I'm currently saving for a return to college next year, I'm not really in a position to attaned, but I thought I should ask if anyone here would be interested. I'm thinking in particular of James, as he's based in the UK, but I forget where some of you are from and thought I should ask in here. They've offered to cover "cover petrol / reasonable expenses" and have promised a polite and friendly debate.


I'll also be contacting Daniel, but he's been pretty quiet of late, so I don't know what's likely to happen there. Anyway, let me know!
"I want truth for truth's sake, not for the applaud or approval of men. I would not reject truth because it is unpopular, nor accept error because it is popular. I should rather be right and stand alone than run with the multitude and be wrong." - C.S. DeFord

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bullhorn

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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 10:30:45 PM »
About ten years ago, I was living in Cambridge, and I attended the University there as well.  I remember it well. But as of now I don't live in the UK.   Its good to hear you had an invitation.  I can only hope someone here can attend.  If I were in the area I would be more than happy to do so.


« Last Edit: April 06, 2011, 10:33:09 PM by bullhorn »

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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 06:43:21 PM »
When is it scheduled for?

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James

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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 07:55:34 PM »
What sorts of expenses do you think they deem reasonable?
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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011, 08:53:52 PM »
What sorts of expenses do you think they deem reasonable?

I confess that I doubt that I would make it, but if I knew the date then I would keep it in mind.  I would require transoceanic air tickets, but if you were willing to do it for free, then I would suggest settling for train tickets and a hotel room near the site of the debate (for two nights). 

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James

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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 03:15:45 AM »
Hmm, yes.  Perhaps I shall begin preparing a lecture to deliver to them.  What sorts of things do you think should be included?  An initial brainstorm:

  • The Earth's form (I shall provide maps); circumnavigation not a proof of its rotundity.  Position, form and behaviour of the celestial bodies (differences of opinion)
  • Gravity a myth; the theory of Universal Acceleration; Einstein's contributions to FET
  • SOME SUPPOSED PROOFS OF THE EARTH'S ROTUNDITY
  • Curvature of the Earth; impossibility of seeing such from the ground even if globularism were true; impossibility of seeing such from a plane &c; images from space and the Globularist Conspiracy
  • Lunar Eclipses & the Sun's reflection on the Moon; daylight Lunar eclipses and the living nature of the Moon; Moon shines by her own light; proofs as supplied by Charles Dickens and Samuel Rowbotham


This is not an exhaustive list of what this lecture should contain.  What do my zetetic brothers think on these matters?
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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2011, 09:37:47 AM »
Review Rowbotham's core arguments.

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gotham

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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2011, 11:39:58 AM »
Brother James, If they are fortunate enough to have you speak at the event then I agree that keeping close to Rowbotham would be a good format.  From your list, I narrowed it down to:

-   The Earth's form (I shall provide maps)
-   Circumnavigation not a proof of its rotundity.  
-   Position, form and behaviour of the celestial bodies (differences of opinion)
-   Some supposed proofs of the Earth?s rotundity
-   Lunar Eclipses & the Sun's reflection on the Moon
-   Daylight Lunar eclipses

and include:

-   Samuel Rowbotham's core arguments.

I don't know if there would be question and answer session at the event, but keeping the format to the well traveled road would be an advantage?
« Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 11:43:56 AM by gotham »

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Lord Wilmore

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Re: UK Skeptic Invitation
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 04:50:51 PM »
I imagine they might cover travel costs, possibly even a bed for the night. I can inquire, though at this point I don't know if the offer still stands.
"I want truth for truth's sake, not for the applaud or approval of men. I would not reject truth because it is unpopular, nor accept error because it is popular. I should rather be right and stand alone than run with the multitude and be wrong." - C.S. DeFord