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Metapixelatron  ·  1166 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is the earth actually flat?

LOL can't believe people are still asking this question on 2017. Literally every ancient civilization knew that the earth is a globe. The bible thumpers are a disgrace. They manage to distort Every Single Thing about everything. In their minds, everything is about demons and lies. Can't wait for the truth to be revealed, so their evil empire can disappear forever.

Devac  ·  1166 days ago  ·  link  ·  

To be fair, you aren't born with this knowledge and need to learn about it at some point. Vsauce is educational for all levels. Take a video like this one:

That's a seventh-grade (or whenever you learn basic hydrostatics) level problem, yet I could bet that if you were to ask random people "can you drink water through a twenty-metre long straw" you would get mostly "yes" as an answer. Perhaps with caveats along the lines of "you just need to suck harder". The appeal for most people is the lack any maths used in explanation, making it accessible to a larger audience. And props to Vsauce, if I would be put on the spot I would have to use trig as a crutch to explain why the Earth is round. Or hydrostatic equation to explain the straw problem for that matter.

That said, it is baffling that so many people believe otherwise. Not the fact that people are asking this, or any other, question. There are hundreds of basic facts like those that you learn in school but don't retain them for whatever reason. I mean, without looking it up: how should you neutralise the mercury from a broken thermometer? Why shouldn't you open the door if the knob is hot (aside from getting your hand burned)? What's the difference between osmosis and diffusion? Why the steel scissors get magnetised with use and what's the easiest way to demagnetize them? I don't expect you to answer, I'm using it to make some sort of a point. ;)

ThatFanficGuy  ·  1166 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My feeling is:

It's not about the truth. It's about them being recognized through the effort they put into their conviction. Most of them aren't crazy enough to actually believe it. Many of them believe it because it's a controversial subject - i.e. it causes people to get angry, not that it's actually of any value - and they want to feel like they know the truth, even if there's a ton of evidence against their belief three seconds of googling away.