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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

When my friend first told me about this, i thought he was joking. But its true. There is a group of people who believe the earth is not round.
http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e_djublonskopf/Flatearth society.htm

yea...
these guys actually beleive the earth is flag.
My friend, who is on this forum as IdontDream, said that they should put the leader of the flat earth society on the next space shuttle xD

What do you guys think of this society of strange individuals?

One of their proofs was that since a person standing on the south pole remained attached to the world, the same pull of gravity should launch a person standing on the north pool far into outer space...


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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

I was taught by Monty Python, that the world is banana shaped.

Those people are insane in my opinion. We have access to space, we've studied this for quite a while now, and I see no reason to disbelieve the world's spherical shape.

Their "facts" are nonsensical, their reasons ludicrous. If earth was flat, then you could walk off the edge, instead of traveling around as we do.

Sometimes I lose faith in humanity. neutral



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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

Edit: Read on after my first paragraph, I think I've found this isn't a real group.

Yeah, I read their mission statement and proof, and they're basically relying on logical fallicies. Example; if you're from the north pole, gravity pulls you south. Therefor, if you go to the south poll and you're from the north, you'll float away into space because gravity pulls you south because your molecules have been aligned with the wrong magnetic force. After all, if you pour sand onto a beach ball, most of it falls off and only a few grains stick to the top. The same is true for the Earth and people. Obviously hmm . It's based on a faulty premise, but it's logical to them because they accept it as true. A wonderful example of garbage in, garbage out.

Edit: But I'm beginning to think this is a hoax... for example:

The Flat Earth Society wrote:
We of the Flat Earth Society are always looking for help. The heretic teachings of Efimovich and his misguided followers permeate our culture today in such a way that simple brainwashing and guerilla combat techniques are no longer as effective as they have been in the past. We need a newer, fresher approach, something to help us re-introduce ourselves into the mainstream culture and undermine the teachings of Efimovich from their twisted and vile roots.

To this end, the Flat Earth Society has reluctantly embraced technology as the means of getting our message out. Although more effective on a grass-roots level, our traditional means of pamphlet distribution, door-to-door support gathering, harassment and kidnapping of close relatives, threatening phone calls and abduction/brainwashing have been both slow to work and generally discouraged. So, despite four hundred-plus years of tradition, we have revised our philosophy, and have adopted a more insidious means of undoing Efimovich once and for all: subliminal messages.


It sounds like something that was written to be fascitious or a spoof. If it is real I'm starting to fear for my safety scared



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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

And more proof of the hoax, if you go back to the parent directory it looks to be a resume of some sort of a computer science major. However, just when you thought humanity was safe, there is a real flat earth society at theflatearthsociety.org and they seem to be the more typical conspiracy nuts. They actually have some form of pseudo-scientific data. Still flawed, yes, and mostly based around the notion that all current astronomy is a cover up. I guess the first guy is making fun of them, but at least I know I'm not gonna get abducted and brainwashed...


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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

Here i made a post on their own forums using their own proofs against them

http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?to pic=43280.0


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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

Interestingly enough, they seem friendlier to newcomers than one might expect, as long as you're friendly about it as well.


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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

Someone should provide them a link to Google Earth download too tounge2


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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

It's like some of their members have said on the forums, you're not going to convince them they're wrong, they're not going to convince you that you're wrong. People will believe what they want to believe.


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PostPosted: Fri 15 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

Rubiks_Cube_Man wrote:
Here i made a post on their own forums using their own proofs against them

http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?to pic=43280.0


Ouch, you should have read my first post where I said that the first site wasn't real.



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PostPosted: Sat 16 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

well i posted before your first post. But it doesn't matter much

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

Yeah, they all seem friendly enough. I think this topic and that forum are great examples of conspiracy theories and how people can become attached to them. 2012, we never landed on the moon, the government did 9/11, all run under the same vein of logic. You can't disprove me, therefor it must be true.


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PostPosted: Sat 16 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

The horizon, the Coriolis effect, the seasons, the magnetism of Earth, the angle discrepancies in triangulation, the midnight sun, the temperature differences, every single space report, or sea navigation log.... I could think of a gajillion things that a FE theory could not sustain, and I was interested at first at how could they justify such claims.

But when you read this
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The Coriolis effect can be explained by the gravitomagnetic effect of the rotating heavens.

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Why is australia excluded?
Because it is a lie propagated by the conspiracy (like gravity or sustained spaceflight).

You know you've hit the score.



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PostPosted: Mon 18 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

But you see, tosxy, I (figuratively) have proof that makes sense to me, and anythign you try to show me is simply false. It's false because of the conspiracy, and there's a conspiracy because what you just showed me is false.


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PostPosted: Mon 18 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

I have left nothing to do but bow at your flawless logic.
That, forget the site, and never mention it, ever again.



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PostPosted: Wed 20 Oct, 2010  Reply with quote

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Why is australia excluded?
Because it is a lie propagated by the conspiracy (like gravity or sustained spaceflight).


Guildenstern: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?

It's funny to think any of these sites can be serious... It's such a waste of brain power though. It doesn't matter what you believe, but how you came to believe what you do. If we can't think critically about our own worldview, what's the point? overspannen

Maybe we should pay for them to fly to Australia and make them look out the window grin



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