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Despite the fact that we know the world is round, we still fall for flat Earth conspiracy theories

Despite the fact that
 Despite the fact that we know the world is round, we still fall for flat Earth conspiracy theories


Facts - Despite the fact that we know the world is round, we still fall for flat Earth conspiracy theories . How do these theories get started? Why are they so persistent? And what can be done to combat them? While there’s no single answer, this article explains several factors that might explain the popularity of these types of claims.


The International Space Station

Despite the fact that we know the world is round, and despite our ability to send satellites all over it and monitor climate change at an unprecedented level--more than ever before--there are people who believe the Earth to be flat. These people include Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics fame. Irving doesn't feel quite so out of place in this small minority given his beliefs about how crazy it is that you have a two-inch phone and yet no one has played our game on this thing yet. They also include mostly young people with access to vast quantities of information, who decide there's too much they don't understand so they cling instead to what they do understand. That might be old fairy tales or ancient philosophies. It might even be other cultures' religions. As long as they're not alone in their fear and confusion, it seems easier to hold onto some ancient tradition rather than face up to what could actually happen: If the majority of people around them (including celebrities) think something different from them, then maybe they're wrong.


The Apollo Moon Landing

Despite the fact that we know the earth is round, there are still conspiracy theorists who refuse to believe anything they see or hear and cling to their disproven theory of a flat earth. For example, in September of 2017 there was a discussion on Richard Dawkins's Twitter feed about this particular idea and there were plenty of people who agreed with it. There have also been TV shows and books written about it. Even when astronauts have come back from space and brought irrefutable evidence with them that our planet is not flat-as-a-pancake, many will not change their stance on this issue because they can't seem to comprehend why someone would actually want to go into space and explore what's out there if all these centuries of science show us otherwise. It's like claiming to be an expert in something after only reading one book about it. It doesn't make sense, but these people just can't help themselves from believing lies even though they're always debunked as false at some point by people who care enough to do so.


Flat Earthers can't explain hurricanes, earthquakes and lunar cycles

Despite the fact that the concept of a spherical planet has been around since Ancient Greece, people are still debating whether or not it actually exists. It's fair to say that most people have an innate sense of where they are in relation to North, South, East and West. However despite this natural navigation ability humans have a tendency to challenge scientific conclusions about their surroundings. The premise for these arguments relies on disregarding concrete evidence in favor of anecdotal observations and faith-based beliefs. In other words, contrary to what science suggests, there may be more than one type of truth. 

The idea of Flat Earth Theory was first introduced by an early 20th century writer named Samuel Rowbotham who saw maps as being inherently flawed due to the curvature created by two dimensional representations. Even though he knew that the Earth was shaped like a sphere and had never been able to see its true shape he made up his own ideas about how it looked.


Conspiracy theorists are ignoring evidence to promote their beliefs

There are many people who believe that our earth is flat. They think there's too much evidence to show it's a globe and they ignore what doesn't fit their beliefs. Despite the fact that we can see pictures of stars taken in Antarctica, use globes in classrooms and maps used by Google Maps to drive you around the world, despite all this evidence to prove it's a globe...they refuse to accept it. I guess you could say they're stubborn. How can someone so stubborn be convinced with all these other pieces of physical evidence? What would need to happen for them to finally accept that our earth is round? Could they just walk outside on a clear night and look up at the sky? Could anything make them change their minds about our planet being spherical? If you want to convince someone that our earth is round, you might want to try using an analogy - like one about how an orange would taste if it was really shaped like a cube.


Flat Earthers ignore conclusive evidence from science

Despite the fact that most people know the world is round thanks to science and astronomy in particular, there are an alarming number of people who believe in conspiracy theories stating otherwise. Furthermore, this faction of believers not only believes these arguments but uses their minds to put themselves down other smart individuals who do not share their beliefs.

My name is Cassie Green and I am a senior at Utah State University studying journalism with an emphasis on writing. I was born in St. George Utah and graduated from Dixie College High School a few years ago. As soon as I graduated from high school I headed off to start my college career here at USU and so far it has been amazing! I have made some really great friends and had some great classes as well. 

However, something that has always frustrated me about life is how many people think the earth is flat despite all evidence pointing to its being round. And when I say despite all evidence I mean despite all evidence. Sure, it might be possible for someone to find one or two outliers among a large body of scientific research data that could be used to argue against a spherical earth theory- but no matter what those outliers say, they can't change the overall conclusion- which can be summed up by one simple question: if you threw something straight up into the air and let go of it right now, would it stop rising or would gravity pull it back down?

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