I don’t care what this guy says, he’s pointing and laughing at some people. I presume those people are bible literalists, but I’m also certain he doesn’t reserve his laughter just for those people.
United Airlines flights to Jupiter are going cheap these days I hear.
The modern age of the Flat Earth Society dates back to the early 1800s, when it was founded by Samuel Birley Rowbotham, an English inventor. Samuel Rowbotham’s Flat Earth views were based largely on literal interpretation of Bible passages. His system, called Zetetic Astronomy, held that the earth is a flat disk centered at the North Pole and bounded along its southern edge by a wall of ice, with the sun, moon, planets, and stars only a few hundred miles above the surface of the earth. After Rowbotham’s death in 1884, followers of his Zetetic Astronomy founded the Universal Zetetic Society.
There are other conspiracies popping up that seem quite a bit less harmless.
Like the nutters supporting the idea that the January 8th shootings in Arizona were not real. It seems it wasn’t simply enough to make the claim, but some people have taken it so far as to harass one of the victims.
I think Benjamin Radford said it nicely at the end of the article,
The bigger the story is, the more likely it is that someone will consider it a hoax. In my experience, there is no belief that is so absurd or self-evidently wrong that someone won’t prescribe to it.
- Bible literalists disagree on how old heterosexual marriage is (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Dispelling Common Myths About The Scientific Method (thebibleistheotherside.wordpress.com)
- Calling Ariz. shootings a hoax, skeptics confront victims (seattletimes.nwsource.com)