Why the flat-earth movement is the best symbol of the increasingly diminished value of truth and intelligence

http://news.nationalpost.com/life/why-the-flat-earth-movement-is-the-best-symbol-of-the-increasingly-diminished-value-of-truth-and-intelligence

We live on a miles-deep disc of rock and soil, a flat circle fixed in place and quite immobile.

Right in the centre, like the spindle of a turntable, stands what we call the North Pole, around which the continents are variously organized. Around those continents stretch the ocean: vast tracts of water spanning away from the land in every direction as far as the eye can see.

At the ocean’s end towers Antarctica – or rather, the Antarctic Ice Wall, an insurmountable 200-foot glacial rampart that surrounds the world on all sides. And above everything looms a dome made of an adamantine glass. It’s called The Firmament. It protects us from harm and keeps the sun and the moon and the air inside.

The sun and the moon, of course, are very small and very close together. Both hang in the air not far from the ground. They loop around us, heating and lighting different areas locally, and seem to disappear from view periodically – not because they’re dropping beneath the horizon, but because they’re moving too far away to see.

It goes without saying that nobody has ever left the surface of the earth and bypassed the dome: every nation’s space program is a hoax, every soi-disant astronaut is a liar and all photographic evidence to the contrary – the pictures of our planet from outer space, the many images of the solar system, and especially every snapshot of the preposterous “moon landing” – is counterfeit, make-believe testimony to hoodwink the masses.

“Facts” themselves are highly suspect, naturally. Science is a long con. Do some research. The truth is out there.

Ahem.

This drivel isn’t the product of my imaginative fancy. These are the convictions – the firm, unrelenting beliefs – of the Flat-Earthers, a group which – as its sobriquet would suggest – insists that the earth is not round, that it is protected by a glass dome and that the prevailing mistruths about its shape represent a global conspiracy of indoctrination and control. Or not “global,” I suppose, but in any case pernicious and worldwide.

This lunatic fringe is inflexible, tireless and cannot be persuaded by evidence or reason. Their dogma has long infected social media and contaminates the bored and gullible every day. Part trend, part cult, and part virus, the flat-earth movement is as good a symbol as any of the diminished value of truth and intelligence in 2017 — and its constituency continues to grow at an alarming rate.

As any enterprising schoolboy will tell you, misconceptions about the shape of the Earth were convincingly rectified some time in 6th century BC; that the planet is a sphere had been postulated by Pythagoras, corroborated by Aristotle and further authenticated – with greater and greater accuracy – by mathematicians and astronomers thereafter, until it was demonstrated outright by circumnavigation in early 16th century AD. Belief in a flat earth has always been, in essence, a pre-scientific – or anti-scientific – delusion.

And yet despite this the belief endures — and in strange places. Today the flat-earth gospel thrives on Facebook and YouTube, shared by way of memes and image macros, and on websites that look like they were designed in the mid-1990s. Like other popular conspiracy theories, it beckons outsiders with a language of fraternity, suggesting that those who accept the truth become at once a part of an intimate, enlightened group; a fellowship of those in the know.

You’re exhorted to submit, to surrender, to accede to some higher wisdom. The facts as ordinary people understand them are a mere narcotic, and you’re urged to shake off the anesthetic effects and wake up to the flat reality. Flat-earth talk is both superior and defensive. And the rhetoric suggests a sort of proud alienation: Flat-Earthers are alone, but only because they’re the only ones courageous enough to see the world as it really is.

Flat-earth memes – of which there seem to be tens of thousands – tend to be equal parts condescending, thin-skinned, hostile and flighty. They are, as a general rule, ineptly designed, conspicuously ugly, repetitive, illogical and painfully unfunny. They are one Minion away from resembling the kind of low-res gag pics your Aunt posts on Facebook. And yet these crude campaigns to proselytize seem to be working.

Kyrie Irving, point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has declared repeatedly that the world is flat – no doubt about it; indeed, it’s “not even a conspiracy theory.” Shaquille O’Neal recently outed himself as a believer too before backtracking and saying he was only kidding. Professional celebrity Tila Tequila is a militant Flat-Earther. The rapper B.o.B. tweets his opinions on the subject with tenacious regularity. Pro-wrestlers and star athletes have pledged allegiance to their faith in a flat earth. The movement has claimed luminaries of stage and screen.

Always their reasoning is the same: have you actually considered the idea seriously? A flat earth just makes sense.

The sense it makes to believers is worth scrutinizing, ludicrous as it may be. It’s not so much that the flat-earth movement offers compelling evidence or data inconsistent with the usual models. It’s not so much that the movement trades in facts at all. What the revelation of their belief is founded on, instead, is instinct, feeling and the facts of what we can plainly perceive.

“You want science? Open your eyes,” reads the About section to a popular flat-earth support group on Facebook. “Per the scientific method (sic), science is proven through observation and the faculty for observation begins with our senses. I see no curvature; I feel no spinning earth beneath my feet; I feel the warmth of the sun close, not 93 million miles away (a distance we cannot even comprehend).” Therefore, the thinking goes, there is no curvature at all, the earth does not spin whatsoever, the sun must not be many millions of miles away. The facts are obvious. If the earth were spinning around and around, wouldn’t you fly a few feet backward anytime you jumped in the air?

It doesn’t help to point out that the very purpose of science is to demonstrate the reality of that which we cannot perceive ourselves; that plenty of things which seem apparent to our eyes and our ears are not at all as they seem and never have been, and that the process of this understanding is the very narrative of our evolution as a species. These processes the Flat-Earthers dismiss as propaganda.

Photographs of the earth from space – photographs which quite clearly show that it is round – are rejected, indeed practically laughed off, as the product of a few spare hours and a copy of Photoshop. The simplest explanation that may account for an anomaly of perception – why skyscrapers don’t appear to tilt away from us in the distance, say, or why we can’t see the curving horizon while standing flush with the ground – are sneered at as disinformation, fabricated wholesale to fool. Science is spin. Facts are “fake news.”

Why would generations of scientists lie? Well, they are leagued in conspiracy against God. Why else? “The number one reason (they lie),” explains a website dedicated to the flat-earth cause, “is a Biblical and gospel related reason. The ball earth is the foundation for evolution and the Big Bang, which both put God completely out of the picture (sic). If the world is run by the Satanic elite (which it is), then their primary goal would be to discredit and hide God, making us believe He doesn’t exist… Without the globe earth lie, all of Satan’s deception (sic) are blown out of the water.”

But of course. It’s all so simple. NASA – “which has ties to Satanism and/or the Occult,” according to another reputable flat-earth source – has manufactured this globular chicanery for infernal gain. The Bible says the world is flat, or anyway says something to that effect. We should open our eyes and see the divine truth.

The particulars of flat-earth devotion are easy to ridicule. But it isn’t difficult to understand why people are seduced by the tenor of the message. The flat-earth movement, in its own peculiar way, appeals to the arrogance of the ignorant, arousing a dormant sense of being meant for something special. It empowers you to overcome confusion and conquer stupidity – not the hard way, by learning and understanding, but in a way that’s much easier, by redefining the things you don’t understand as wrong in the first place.

It’s the same quick-fix attitude that’s besieging our political landscape: information that doesn’t accord with your carefully manicured world-view is “fake news,” opinions that don’t cohere with your own are offensive, everything you dislike or that frightens you can be wedged between scare quotes and rejected out of hand. Never mind the “expertise” of “professionals” and “elites.” You still matter. You know everything you need to know.

The irony is that we have never before had readier access to the truth. It’s never been simpler to disabuse ourselves of misbelief. But perhaps it’s precisely this deluge of information that has entrained our retreat from its power. It’s difficult – frustratingly difficult – to believe a falsehood when five seconds of research is enough to refute the point.

And sometimes what we want are falsehoods. We want the comfort of having our dearly held opinions confirmed; of thinking that, say, Muslim immigrants pose a threat to the security of our nation, or that gun control does little to curb violent crime. So instead of allowing the facts to dissuade us – instead of permitting the truth to challenge our ideas –we take the facts that please us and throw the rest away. It’s not only specific evidence that becomes dubious: it’s the entire principle of research, the entire scientific method that’s cast in doubt. Why defer to reason if reason risks telling us something we don’t want to know?

“The discovery begins within,” proclaims a flat-earth Facebook group. “Empirically, the human senses are the most powerful way in which we connect to source and yet we’ve been taught to deny what they tell us. We’ve been programmed since birth to trust pseudo science (sic) over our own connection to source (sic)… We have awoken from the globe illusion, a planetary confinement, and freed ourselves from the 3D prison matrix for the mind. We opened our eyes and witnessed the limitless magnificence of this realm we call Earth. All dimensions have opened up to us and we are now the Pilots revising the map.”

Doesn’t that sound appealing? To have things opened up to you, to witness the world in its limitless magnificence? It is a kind of liberation – liberation from serious thought.

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very good article..

“This lunatic fringe is inflexible, tireless and cannot be persuaded by evidence or reason. Their dogma has long infected social media and contaminates the bored and gullible every day. Part trend, part cult, and part virus, the flat-earth movement is as good a symbol as any of the diminished value of truth and intelligence in 2017 — and its constituency continues to grow at an alarming rate.”

spot on there..

and this:

“The flat-earth movement, in its own peculiar way, appeals to the arrogance of the ignorant, arousing a dormant sense of being meant for something special. It empowers you to overcome confusion and conquer stupidity – not the hard way, by learning and understanding, but in a way that’s much easier, by redefining the things you don’t understand as wrong in the first place. It’s the same quick-fix attitude that’s besieging our political landscape: information that doesn’t accord with your carefully manicured world-view is “fake news,” opinions that don’t cohere with your own are offensive, everything you dislike or that frightens you can be wedged between scare quotes and rejected out of hand. Never mind the “expertise” of “professionals” and “elites.” You still matter. You know everything you need to know.”

401

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~ by seeker401 on May 9, 2017.

40 Responses to “Why the flat-earth movement is the best symbol of the increasingly diminished value of truth and intelligence”

  1. why issit now cho coated at the bottom?

    i want my snowflake icing

  2. Flat Earth is a classic CIA psyop. They are the new radical fringe to point and laugh at whenever the media needs to discredit serious conspiracy research and label as fake news. It’s called controlled opposition.

  3. Flat earth is a CIA NWO psyop to steer away from truth by mixing this crazy theory with any truth they want kept hidden
    Geocentrism is becoming apparent so they have lumped it in with this
    common core bunkum.
    Hubble Hoyle Einstein all said geo centrism is possible due to relativity.
    This would help prove the Bible and ‘they’ cant have that as Hubble actually admitted .
    So if you say the evidence says the earth is still in a revolving universe
    you will be labelled a flat earther as well .

    Being called a flat earther is a powerful weapon to be used on anyone who knows real truth eg about the fake moon landing or the Darwin muddy pool theory or about the fake big bang theory .

    These psyops have been used for 1000’s of years especially by religious zealots trying to catch any independent thinkers out .

    So you will see politicians and the Meedja use it against “enemies ” of the NWO or enemies against pedophilia or vaccination .

  4. PS – did you see the lunatic advert for M & S – empowerment what ?

  5. Could you show me ONE PHOTO (NOT NASA PHOTOSHOPED IMAGE) of the globe earth, please? Seek…I always thought you are able to think independently…but now I see you are another blog puppet..? It is so sad… or could you show me the PHOTO OF THE GLOBE. Just one photo. One. Where is it?
    So much lies and deception even here… 😰😐😢

    • here is a video

    • But we dont need a photo – you can see the curvature of the earth from a plane even a mountain . Plus the moon eclipse shows the earth is a sphere like every heavenly body except for meteorite debris.

      How could you photo shop a photo of the earth unless we have one .

      You are involved knowingly or unknowingly in a NWO con mate

    • i can think independently..nothing i have seen has convinced me the earth is flat, if i do see something then i can make a decision..what somebody believes evolves over time..does that mean i am a “blog puppet”..i dont think so..its my opinion right now..i see the carnage this FE debate is having on other conspiracies that get pushed into the basket of “FE unreality” even though they are genuine..thats my problem with the FE..

      • 1.The nasa blue marble author says: “it is photoshoped, it has to be”…
        And about the curvature…if you would use a zoom in a high quality camera… you see there is no curvature.
        2. You could see that the earth is round from a plane? Haha. Really? Do you have any proof?

        You really believe in nasa? It is a religion..you have no proofs..it is all about believing what you have been said… People on this blog believe in nasa…. nasa god. Bravo

    • This is so stupid. If someone shows you what you ask for, you scream “fake!” And at the same time, not even one assertion by the FE scum can be backed up.

      Anyone with $200 can view the curvature whenever they want. That’s all it takes to send a balloon-cam up above 35000 feet AND have a 65-degree (or more) viewing angle at which point the curvature is clearly evident. Do not insult us with the zoomed in pics from whatever height that claim flatness. When the viewing angle is not wide enough you won’t see the curve – because the Earth is fucking huge.

      There are many FE website where you can go talk about this stupid shit – float stories about fake 1800s science, racist lies about ancient cosmologies, oh and of course how everyone else – including other FE sites – are full of shit.

      As we’ve come to learn here, when it comes to some things, the only explanations for seeing people promoting these ideas are utter stupidity and outright maliciousness. Et tu Demolay?

      • > >When the viewing angle is not wide enough you won’t see the curve – because the Earth is fucking huge.

        that’s right you can google the trigonometric functions .. you need to be at a sufficient height to observe the curvature. == cruising height of around 10,600 metres (35,000 feet) with a fairly wide field of view (ie 60 degrees) and a virtually cloud-free horizon.

        Just imagine a bacteria on a basketball – you can’t see sh*t which is just what most people say “i went to the beach on a calm sunny day but the sea horizon is all flatttttt ‘ from left to right

        My $$ Wager is up for grabs again — 12 hours flight from Auckland to Santiago…plus minus 30 min. Put your money where your mouth/brain is..! It’s no good saying NASA, FDA, FED, FBI lie.

        • I sill haven’t seen any curvature of the earth from a plane. Talk is cheap

          • A guy called Atlas used to hold the earth up and it was always a sphere

          • talk is cheap – you stump up some $$ & wager me on a trip to Santiago.. lol

          • Yes, talk is cheap. That’s what makes it so easy for FE scum to go around telling lies.

            Joel’s provided you with pics and a challenge. Not one FE filth will take him up on it.

            There’s a good thing about FE – it makes it easy to see who is full of shit. The question remains however: stupid of malicious?

    • DeMolay, “Could you show me ONE PHOTO (NOT NASA PHOTOSHOPED IMAGE) of the globe earth, please?”

      One may simply dismiss every photo as being photo-shopped. Anything may simply be “dismissed” outright. Maybe the motive is to demonstrate the true of pure skepticism. Yet, when a person uses skepticism as an apologetic instrument to insert a non-skeptic worldview, i.e. a constructed flat earth theory in this case, then the agenda is not to assert pure skepticism is true. An alternative theory, not skepticism, is being asserted.

      Is there an actual photo that is not photo-shopped of the flat earth?

      The question to ask oneself is what is your standard to base anything on? What does a person presuppose in order to assert anything?


      DeMolay, “So much lies and deception.”

      Do you not think others may be thinking the same thing? Why might you not be spreading a lie and deceiving? You might know yourself, but are you ever wrong about anything? Is not the wrong information, whatever it may have been in the past, supplied to others called a lie? Does it not deceive?

      I am not thinking you need to respond to my comments and questions. Just food for thought.

  6. lol… if it make it easier for you to wager

    • What an odd thing to say. The technology does not exist anymore to go to the moon. We must be living in the caveman days compared to the 1960’s and 70’s – lol!

  7. The earth is not flat https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1865573660367501&id=1685985511659651

    • typical FE nonsense… says and proves nothing. the time invested in making videos could have been used to do experiments – all of which conclude the same thing, and it ain’t FE.

      • I think it proves that it is easy to produce a deception for the sheeps.

        • And I am glad you have accepted it.

        • ” it is easy to produce a deception for the sheeps.”

          yes indeed. but we all already knew this. what you have not done is provide any evidence that the Earth if flat, not evidence that it is not round.

          “Deception exists!” is not an argument.

  8. i reckon Flat Earthers are like the Disinfo Agents mentioned at the end of this vid

  9. ..some lingering thoughts.. if the earth is flat like a roundish pan-cake – & if u are “sufficiently” high in altitude – won’t the perimeter be roundish instead of flat. (just imagine it) ??

    AND it would only appear flat IF & ONLY IF the ‘pancake’ is square of rectangular.

    AND if it is square – wouldn’t you be able to see the corner?

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