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The rise of the Flat Earth movement in Colorado

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Denver Post: These Coloradans say Earth is flat. And gravity’s a hoax. Now, they’re being persecuted

    The Flat Earth movement is growing in Colorado, thanks to technology and skepticism about science.

    "Many subscribe to the “ice wall theory,” or the belief that the world is circumscribed by giant ice barriers, like the walls of a bowl, that then extend infinitely along a flat plane. Sargent envisions Earth as “a giant circular disc covered by a dome.” He likens the planet to a snow globe, similar to the one depicted in “The Truman Show,” a fictitious 1998 existential drama about an insurance salesman unknowingly living in an artificially constructed dome."

    After so much Trump insanity in the news I looked for something more interesting to comfort the mind. It's an interesting article for those so inclined to understand how some of our fellow human beings think. This isn't religion...it's just aaah...aaah...maybe weed?

    Read and judge...

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Denver Post: These Coloradans say Earth is flat. And gravity’s a hoax. Now, they’re being persecuted

    The Flat Earth movement is growing in Colorado, thanks to technology and skepticism about science.

    "Many subscribe to the “ice wall theory,” or the belief that the world is circumscribed by giant ice barriers, like the walls of a bowl, that then extend infinitely along a flat plane. Sargent envisions Earth as “a giant circular disc covered by a dome.” He likens the planet to a snow globe, similar to the one depicted in “The Truman Show,” a fictitious 1998 existential drama about an insurance salesman unknowingly living in an artificially constructed dome."

    After so much Trump insanity in the news I looked for something more interesting to comfort the mind. It's an interesting article for those so inclined to understand how some of our fellow human beings think. This isn't religion...it's just aaah...aaah...maybe weed?

    Read and judge...

    Yes and you still believe Americans did not walk on the moon and saw an round bluish ball called earth. Yes this country is getting nuttier by the day as well its leader and his cronies.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Sometimes on really clear nights, I'll go outside and begin staring at the sky and seeing all those stars and galaxies and think, this isn't life for real, this is all a dream in someone else's sub conscious. But I never awake, the dream goes on forever.
  • Liberal
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    I have that dream at lot - then I wake up! ;)
  • Liberal Democrat
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    My 8th. grade science teacher in one class touched upon the subject of the 4th. dimension, everything in the 4th. dimension is made from sticks, or lines, I believe he said something to the subject that earth was flat, in fact, it was a infinite line. He also said that time travel to different places on earth took only a very short time, not hours, days or weeks.

    This was back in the 1960's, so maybe people have been talking about this since Einstein?

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    After so much Trump insanity in the news I looked for something more interesting to comfort the mind. It's an interesting article for those so inclined to understand how some of our fellow human beings think. This isn't religion...it's just aaah...aaah...maybe weed?

    Read and judge...

    It a bit like saying that mathematics is limited to addition and subtraction, and there is nothing more. No mutliplication\division\etc. And logically argue that all other types of math are false ideas that should be ignored if you want to be completely knowledgeable about mathematics.

    Oddly, the article quotes one of the leaders saying that people need to question what they were taught rather be brainwashed into accepting ideas without using critical thought. This is good advice because historical figures that had paradigm breakthroughs, such as the world is round (not flat), and gravity theory, were extremely criticized by the entire world for being so radical. Now he is suggesting we need question those breakthrough ideas and revert back to ideas that were proven inadequate a very long time ago.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I was fascinated by the article because it was revealing of the human mind. At least they are doing some form of critical thinking, not something that you will get from the religious folks who were the original deniers of the round earth theory. These are the same kind of people who fall for Alex Jones conspiracy theories.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: I was fascinated by the article because it was revealing of the human mind. At least they are doing some form of critical thinking, not something that you will get from the religious folks who were the original deniers of the round earth theory. These are the same kind of people who fall for Alex Jones conspiracy theories.

    Schmidt; I don't know what is going on in this country; lunatics everywhere; is it the education here, the polluted climate, the "drugs", the non-culture, the "black' hole in their teeth, the idiots in the government, the NRA, the coal dust, the "bible", or Fox news, the lobbyists, our healthcare, our "electoral college" etc. etc. etc.

    Sorry to say I've never been in an more weird country than this.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Science fiction blurs the between real and fantasy by its very name. " Science " lends credulity when in fact the operative is fiction. Naming an American nuclear sub Nautilus adds credit to Jules Vern.
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    Only mathematicians know that the universe is 96% dark matter. They know this because they can prove it mathematically . It's not something you and I can comprehend. But we have to believe it because it is a fact because they can prove it , so they say. They don't know what dark matter is , they can't see it . But they still they know it was is , so much so that 96% of the universe is comprised of it.

    They also claim , that 3.9 % of the universe is comprised of something called , cosmic dust. I don't know what that is either. But certified mathematicians agree that is provable.

    That leaves , .01% of the universe and that is how much we can see and touch.

    Ok, so now that you know this also, you can work towards a better understanding of our universe , our planet and the laws of physics . It's a difficult ult thing to come to grips with. Science is complex . And the realities of science are far more complex than you and I can understand.

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    Maindawg Wrote:

    Only mathematicians know that the universe is 96% dark matter. They know this because they can prove it mathematically . It's not something you and I can comprehend. But even have to believe it because it is a fact because they can prove it , so they say. They don't know what dark matter is , they can't see it . But they still they know it was is , so much so that 96% of the universe is comprised of it.

    They also claim , that 3.9 % of the universe is comprised of something called , cosmic dust. I don't know what that is either. But certified mathematicians agree that is provable.

    That leaves , .01% of the universe and that is how much we can see and touch.

    Ok, so now that you know this also, you can work towards a better understanding of our universe , our planet and the laws of physics . It's a difficult ult thing to come to grips with. Science is complex . And the realities of science are far more complex than you and I can understand.

    Yes, only the "dark matter" sits in their brains; who believe the world is flat; it is called dark shit
  • Center Left
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    There will always be ignorant people.

    Science, the realms of everything and our existence is interesting to ponder.

  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    There will always be ignorant people.

    Science, the realms of everything and our existence is interesting to ponder.

    I am not sure if "ingorant" is the right term to use because it implies they lack knowledge. These people already have been taught in school the science behind why the world is round and is part of a solar system that is part of the milkyway galaxy, etc. For various reasons, they have chosen to reject science fact in favor of simpler ideas\perceptions that have long ago been proven to be limited and\or invalid. It almost seems like they reject the larger reality and want to become ignorant like a child

    I also wonder if some are those who see the world in terms of conspiracies, where people, places, and things are a result of conspiracies by a elite\corrupt leaders that have been in control of everything for centuries. In other words, all of history has been controlled\manufactured in a 100% successful effort to control the reality we perceive.... And if they are right, then Trump is one of those elite wackos who controls everything, and the rest of us are just pawns in his game...lol. Think about it, he got elected, right? If that is not a conspiracy, then how in the hell did the US elect "The Donald" the dumbest moron to ever run for any political office? If it were a fiction story, nobody would believe it, that is why it must be a conspiracy.Wink

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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Science fiction blurs the between real and fantasy by its very name. " Science " lends credulity when in fact the operative is fiction. Naming an American nuclear sub Nautilus adds credit to Jules Vern.

    True, and I think we (those who keep a foot on the ground), can see into the future based realistic factors. Star Trek is another example where they have "communicators" flip phones. More than once I have joked with friends that the smartphone was invented on Star Trek in 1966, it just took 2-3 decades for the technology advance to make it a reality.

    In a few more decades, Star Trek-The Next Generation may also get some credit for a virtual reality where a person can walk into a room (aka Holodeck) and experience a reality that is manufactured but has all the qualities of being real. Also, Phillip K. Dick short story comes to mind as well "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" aka the movie Total Recall.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Films and TV shows like Star Trek offer a form of escapism from the real world. The more we have anxiety about reality, the more these shows do well. Look at the top box office draws at the movies lately...Superwoman, Spider-Man, and others offer escapism from morbid Trump news for a few hours. The mind can only take so much of Trump news before it starts reacting irrationally as well. Time to go fishing.