British 'Flat Earther
' reveals how he began believing the earth isn't a globe
Caption: The Flat Earther
cocktail at Yellowbelly, with Domaine Arton Dlanche Armagnac, Paranubes rum, Dlue Curacao, ginger falernum, lime, agua faba and a matcha garnish.
Now, before the QJAE offices are deluged with hate mail, let me state that I am not a flat earther
. I fully accept that pterodactyls and diplodocuses and trilobites were real, that the universe is billions of years old, that the earth goes around the sun, and that electricity is electrons, not voodoo.
This is an improvement on his previous remarks when he said I was "simple minded" and accused me of being a "denier", and a "flat earther
" - huge progress!
Much of the media comment that I have read, or seen on television, has been very positive, with a tendency to marginalise opponents - some in the churches - as ignorant and bigoted "flat earther
Any person who opposes your opinion is not a flat earther
or King Canute to use your paraphrase.
Since I have been called a "flat earther
," I have decided to make the best of it, and start there.
I'm no flat earther
. But all this meaningless jamboree produced is a lot of very expensive hot air and more cynicism over the issue.
In 1870, Alfred Wallace, co-discoverer of Evolution, accepted a challenge to prove the roundness of the Earth to John Hampden, a committed Flat Earther
. The question of the shape of the Earth had been settled for some educated people almost 2000 years before, and Wallace's contemporaries felt no need to prove the point in a new way to an obvious crank.
George Orwell once contrived a similar exercise, trying to imagine what he would say to prove the earth was spherical if confronted by a convinced Flat Earther
. These mental challenges are useful for their own sake.
In a Netflix television show titled "Behind the Curve," Flat Earth believer or "Flat Earther
" Bob Knodel, reluctantly (http://www.wsfm.com.au/entertainment/entertainment-news/flat-earthers-spend-20k-to-prove-earth-is-flat-accidentally-prove-it-s-round) revealed what seems to be an acknowledgment that the world is indeed round.
One "flat earther
", one "simpleminded" and two "deniers".
There's another crunch coming in the wake of this election and it's an environmental credit crunch far worse than the present financial one that is going to demand leadership that no Republican, Bible punching, flat Earther
, climate change denier is ever going to solve.
He says the oldest, a boy, became a Flat Earther
within 24 hours of being introduced to the theory.
It worries me that instead of having a sensible conversation on just how much man is responsible for changing the climate, anyone who doesn't toe the man-the-planet-destroyer line is now barracked as a fool and a flat earther