Perhaps we're living on one side of a cube. Then there would be 5 other civilizations. Or, half a ball and there's another lucky civilization living on the other side? This would definitely explain where all the water goes when it pours over the edges. Hang on a minute, if we were living on a cube, there'd be 8 polar caps and on a ball JUST THE ONE! There goes another couple of theories!
Here's my question: what's the BENEFIT, to anyone, anyplace, anywhere, trying to convince people that the earth is round, if it's flat? What product, or anything else, is being sold, based on that? What's the point of this massive, global conspiracy, to convince people that the world is round? I mean, those souls who've never been up in an airplane, and seen it for themselves? Cui Bono?
I missed this thread the first time around, and I have to say, this has been a fun way to start the day.
There is one big benefit, however. The OP's book is selling. He is making money. Maybe not a lot, but some. I won't try to be cynical and state that this is all some con by the OP to sell books, although it does boggle the mind that anyone can believe something that is so easily disproven.
For some reason, some people like to grasp at weird theories that have no basis in simple science. On a 31-hour trip from Asia back to the US yesterday, I was talking to my seatmate on one leg about this. We discussed the television show about finding Bigfoot. Now, the existence of Bigfoot cannot be disproven as the flat earth theory can be, but the show has gone on for eight years, and it is hugely popular. So these guys go out in the wilderness with all sorts of equipment to prove the existance of Bigfoot, find absolutley nothing, and still, people tune in every show hoping that finally, this is the episode where the actors sit down and interview the big guy?
So why do the actors keep going out into the woods for eight years? Money! They get paid. The show is one of the most popular shows on Animal Planet.
Ther OP has written a book espousing a view that is very simply disproven (he says no one has circumnavigated Antarctica? Really? It has been documented many, many times. Heck, I've circumnavigated the globe six times myself). Yet he has made a few dollars doing so. He has had people feed his ego. So there is a benefit to writing such stuff.
Heck, I've written about humans battling bug-eyed monsters. I've written about werewolves. Of course, the difference is that my books are labeled "fiction."
Stephanie Flinn wrote:
Now, I'm ignorant? Because I choose to go with the undeniable proof that I live on a globe? Is everyone who believes it's a globe ignorant? Or, just me?
Just blow it off. I'm sorry that you have a relative caught up in what amounts to a cult, but...what can you do? As I said, it's boggling to think that people who live in a first-world country, with better-than-decent education, can believe such drivel, but...never forget:
"Entrenched belief is never altered by the facts."
-- Leo Haynes, a Caltrans Engineer
...and thusly, there is no point in discussing it. If your family member is, unfortunately, unable to discern reality from fantasy, then you're just investing wasted energy in trying to show her where she's going wrong. I mean...this isn't like the existence of aliens, while, despite being able to be UNproven, can't, arguably, be DISproven, either, if that's the way someone's brain works (or, doesn't). If she can look at the bloody FACTS of the universe, and still think that the earth is flat, all you can do is sort of hope that you can keep an eye out for her, so she's not duped by other miscreants who might have financial reasons to fool her with this type of crazy stuff. I'm really sorry for her children.
Good luck to you--I'm bailing on this thread, and you should, too. It's too close to home for you.
And don't forget one important thing: the people who have been trying to make you believe that the Earth is this small spherical spinning planet of a small solar system lost in one of the billions and billions and billions galaxies in this universe alone (because there could be many others) are the same who pretend there is something called Internet, a "place" where you can do many things including selling books that pretend the contrary...
Thank you, I wish I hadn't even seen this thread, because, yes, it's close to home. I don't like to see any person fall for some charlatan's scheme. They prey on easily fooled people, just to make money. I've read many instances where these flat earthers don't even believe the earth is flat. They just want money. Very sad. And, to basically be called stupid for not believing it is well... I can't even come up with a word. This will be my last post on this thread. Thanks again.
The earth is definitely flat. The reason nobody has ever flew over the edge, or even seen the edge, is because all aircraft are hovering stationary in the air, while the ground below moves round like an escalator, or the surface of a running machine. Everybody knows that ffs!
Oh well, it was amusing and rather timely since there was a flat earther who was going to send his home made rocket up to prove the Earth was flat. It got delayed and I haven't seen anything since. That was the first indication I had that people believed in that. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since a certain percentage of people reject science and scientific thinking.
steven morris wrote:
Before the pitchforks come out, didn't bring this thread back, it had another post on before i replied.
Yesterday, the OP was whining that he couldn't post on this pathetic self-serving thread, but that was pure exhibitionism on his part. Unfortunately, he figured out he could resurrect the thing by editing a previous post. No need for pitchforks, Steven -- pitching over the edge of the Flat Earth 🌎 should suffice.