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Old 09-23-2019, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by 303Guy View Post
I'm not so sure. Then again, such a belief doesn't seem to interfere with libido.

Aah but you see, all this Mars lander stuff is part of the hoax to keep us from knowing the truth about the earth being flat. It's all very logical you see, it's like this - never mind, I need a drink!
Yep, the Mars landers and Rovers could just be somewhere out in the Southwestern desert, Sedona AZ area is a pretty close match (reddish color dirt, mountains, etc). For all we know, it could all be fake!

(Im kidding btw, but it does show how easy it is to believe alternate theories)
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Old Today, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by AleeGee View Post
There's a Netflix show called 'Behind the Curve" which chronicles the group which calls themselves "Flat Earthers". Most of them seem to have personality disorders, and they are diggin' all the media attention their ridiculous claim has generated. What's more, some members of the group conducted a few tests, and every time their flat earth concept was disproven, they wouldn't accept the truth, instead claiming some element of the test was 'off.'
They are ridiculous, mentally disturbed, and not worth another minute of my time, your time, any rational human being's time.
That movie is actually worth seeing. I ended up feeling for them - they've built a community of sorts on their weird and misguided idea, and now it looks as if the acknowledgement within the community is way more important than the idea itself. More energy is spent wrestling over who controls the community than on the idea itself.

People hunger for recognition, and they made themselves a small echo chamber where they could bask in each other's admiration - and smug assurance that they are brighter than the rest of the world. And if you're expelled from that community, then where do you go?

Someone very much not a flat-earther (JPL physicist, IIRC) said something worthwhile in that movie: That every flat-earther is a lost scientist. It's people with that sort of skepticism who propel things, it's just that the flat-earthers lack the foundation that could channel their skepticism into something constructive.

They're still annoying people, but the phenomenon is interesting.
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