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    deGrasse Tyson: The Earth isn't 'effing flat

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    There are people who seriously think the Earth is flat? We've only known this since the Ancient Greek days, much less now having access to the plethora of photographs of our planet from space.

    Really? o_O:confuzled:
     
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    I think the point was more about the anti-science believers as much as it was about the Flat Earthers.

    However:
    The Curious History of The International Flat Earth Society
    My guess though is B.o.B. Tweeted a publicity stunt.
     
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    "... if you're looking for the curve, you gotta' call Sir Mix-a-Lot. That is a man who did not deny science."

    Ha HA! :-D

    ETA: One thing, though, that I must say is that if nothing else, if no other possible silver lining can be seen for anti-intellectualism and "the right to be stupid", at least it has made Science take to The People and names like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and of course Stephen Hawking, are household names. When I was a kid in the 80's, Carl Sagan was alone trying to bridge the gap between the esoteric world of Science and Popular Culture.
     
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    You know what? I totally teared up just thinking about Carl Sagan. I miss him.
     
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    I'm in a bar a few weeks ago, populated mostly by local alcoholics. I meet a guy. We're both watching football, we strike up a conversation. At slightly past drunk, he asks me if I'm an open minded person. Ahhhhhhhh...

    So he starts telling me about the hollow earth hypothesis. He's very matter-of-fact in his explanation, very sincere in his desire to convince me. The powers that be have aparently kept this utopia from us.

    If I'm in charge, the guy is in a straitjacket tomorrow. A fully functioning, working, voting adult who thinks Journey to the Center of the Earth is a history textbook, or something along those lines.

    So, sure, someone believes the world is flat. Others believe the world is 4,000 years old. Scary.
     
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    I think he was just tryin'a get you in the sack, Samurai Jack. :whistle: (Yay! It rhymes!) :-D
     
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    If the earth was flat, ships wouldn't disappear behind the horizon lol. They would just gradually shrink into the distance.
     
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    I can't even bring myself to start doing stuff like that, trying to battle flat earthers and young earthers and whatever elsers with logic.

    The best I can do is nod my head, grab another beer and aim for a change of topic.
     
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    He sure wanted inside someone's hollow Earth! [​IMG]
     
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    I'm saving that for Daniel Craig.
     
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    Hahahaha :-D
     
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    I'm kinda thinking (just as a creative writing exercise, so you can put the butterfly net away), what the world would look life if all these hypotheses (young earth, flat earth, time cube, Elvis is still alive, etc.) were the best supported ideas.

    How f'in weird our world would be!

    It'd make an awesome roleplaying game setting.
     
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    I don't know about Elvis being still alive, but if the Earth were flat, it would feel round to us :D

     
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    Love that video. :agreed:
     
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    Here is one from a Physics Teacher in Sweden. :p

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gbX-SxZfpBk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
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    Too slow, I couldn't watch 20 minutes of it. :p
     

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