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Old 04-21-2017, 12:12 AM
 
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Left vague on purpose, as I do not exactly known what the greatest lie is.

Is it slavery? Moon landing? The cover-up of genocide on Native Americans, then using their names for everything a large Cheesequake etc?

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Old 04-21-2017, 12:15 AM
 
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lie as in what? that it wasn't true?

would be that the earth is flat and that god is real?
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:08 AM
 
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lie as in what? that it wasn't true? Could be that the earth is flat and that god is real?
Sure, the Flat Earth, yes.

Was the heliocentric earth thrust upon us only after NASA? Didn't it used to be THE debate?
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:25 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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To be a lie, a statement of untruth would have to be deliberately untrue, not just erroneous.

To find a historical lie, you need to find a deliberate untruth foisted on the public as truth being promoted as history.

What in the world is a Cheesequake?
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:38 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Sure, the Flat Earth, yes.

Was the heliocentric earth thrust upon us only after NASA? Didn't it used to be THE debate?
In the 17th century, yes it was The debate between scientists such as Galileo and the Roman Catholic Church. By 1822, however, the Pope was allowing heliocentric books to be published in Rome predating NASA by almost 250 years.

A big lie, I'm sure nowhere near the biggest, is that Columbus believed the earth was flat. Until recently I admit it was all I had ever heard. Fortunately I've now seen several documentaries and articles with evidence that was not a belief amongst educated people during the Middle Ages. It would seem most of what we were taught about knowledge being lost during that time is true only for the uneducated classes. Which I would think true of any era.

Unfortunately, the victor usually writes the history so it is hard to know what true history is. Even today we see people trying to sanitize history so as not to offend anyone. Not only is it disheartening at the thought of lost knowledge but also lost understanding which would hopefully keep us from repeating atrocities.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Finland
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The European Medieval period being "the dark ages" is probably the most common misconception.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:32 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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To be a lie, a statement of untruth would have to be deliberately untrue, not just erroneous.

To find a historical lie, you need to find a deliberate untruth foisted on the public as truth being promoted as history.

What in the world is a Cheesequake?
It's a state park in NJ...a corruption of an indigenous name. Don't know anything about a related lie.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesequake_State_Park
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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Moon landing? LOL...oh boy this is going to be a good thread.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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lie as in what? that it wasn't true?

would be that the earth is flat and that god is real?
Yeah, I'll go with god is real. That whopper has created more misery than any other lie in history, and billions of people still believe it.

The earth is flat thing was invented by 19th century school teachers. The ancient Phoenicians knew it was a sphere, and Eratosthenes did a good job of measuring the circumference in 240 BC.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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History.
History as we know it is a biggest lie.
It is nothing but a continuous exercise in re-writing and adjusting to current geopolitical needs. As one who owns history dictates future.
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