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Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:41 pm
by Tony.Williams

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:37 pm
by bindeweede
There are some interesting comments on Reddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/skeptic/commen ... ple_still/

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:39 am
by Tony.Williams
I like this one:
There are plenty of extraordinarily qualified sources already refuting the spread of the flat earth belief - the problem is not one of adequate fact checking. These are people that want to believe the earth is flat, you are unlikely to convince them otherwise by dinging YouTubers who specialize in such videos, and most attempts to convince them via argument are met with some sort of pseudo-scientific technobabble or increased conspiracy fueled paranoia.

Some number of people are functionally crazy, easier to just calmly refute their psychosis with actual science and fact via multiple channels... which is how this is handled in thousands of books, on hundreds of YouTube channels, and in dozens of podcasts.
Yet again - logical argument doesn't even dent illogical beliefs which some people are emotionally invested in.

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:36 pm
by Tinkerbell
So, I am just wondering if they believe the Earth is flat, do they also think the moon and sun are flat as well and just happen to be facing us...?

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:39 pm
by Tony.Williams
Tinkerbell wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:36 pm
So, I am just wondering if they believe the Earth is flat, do they also think the moon and sun are flat as well and just happen to be facing us...?
Has anyone ever asked them that? :twisted:

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:56 pm
by Tinkerbell
[link]https://wiki.tfes.org/Planets[/link]
'Rotundity
Q. If the planets are round, why isn't the earth?
A. The earth is not a planet. '
I've been reading their site. They have answers for most things, including little rotating models showing the the passage of the sun. I am beginning to doubt my sanity..... :cry:

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:53 pm
by Tony.Williams
Looks to me like a joke that got out of hand...

I love the scientific precision of this bit:
Q. How big are the planets in the FE model?

A. Pretty small.
:roll:

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:06 pm
by bindeweede
This Flat Earther Is Taking Off in a Homemade Rocket This Weekend.


And yet, thanks to an immeasurably flawed conspiracy theory, a small but dedicated group of people is still convinced that Earth is flat. One of these so-called Flat Earthers is a guy named "Mad" Mike Hughes, and Hughes—a 61-year-old limo driver—has spent the past few years building a homemade, steam-powered rocket in his garage to prove he's right."
"I don’t believe in science," Hughes told the AP. "I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction."
:fp

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/gyj7 ... kend-vgtrn

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:06 pm
by Tinkerbell
He's doing this on Saturday! I will be checking back to see if this guy gets a Darwin Award....

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:56 am
by chaggle
Apparently Freddie Flintoff is a devotee of this theory.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l-facebook
'If you’re in a helicopter and you hover, why does the Earth not come to you if it’s round?'
You can sort of understand why people might think 911 is dodgy and even how some might think there is something sinister about chemtrails but this flat Earth stuff is just too nonsensical - no-one can be that stupid.

I think Tony's 'Joke that got out of hand' comment is apposite - we are being wound up.

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:04 pm
by bindeweede
"A California man who planned to launch himself 1,800 feet high Saturday in a homemade scrap-metal rocket — in an effort to prove that Earth is flat — said he is postponing the experiment after he couldn't get permission from a federal agency to conduct it on public land."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spe ... 73e8b8af75

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:48 pm
by bindeweede
Well, the launch was supposed to be yesterday, but oddly, I can find no mention in all the various news sources. An idiotic publicity stunt? The very suggestion.... :lol

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat ... t-attempt/

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:00 pm
by bindeweede
Well, he took off yesterday.
A daredevil inventor who believes the Earth is flat blasted himself around 570 metres (1,875ft) into the air in a rocket before landing with a bump.

'Mad' Mike Hughes, 61, a US limo driver from California, was slightly injured when his steam-powered rocket launch ended with a hard landing in the Mojave Desert on Saturday.
"Mr Hughes has a Gofundme page set up to raise money to help with his expenses. At the time of writing, it had raised $110 (£78) out of a $10,000 (£7,070) goal over the course of a month."

"His next challenge? Mr Hughes says he will be applying to run for governor of California." :hat

https://news.sky.com/story/daredevil-ma ... t-11303681

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:36 pm
by Tinkerbell
It doesn't say if he drew any conclusions from up there...did he see the edge of the giant frisbee...?! :-)

Re: Flat-Earthers conference

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 12:21 pm
by Tony.Williams
They're still trying: https://uk.yahoo.com/news/british-flat- ... 43385.html

Love the picture: Image