Friday Debate: It’s 2017, why do so many people believe in a flat Earth?

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Yesterday, because of an offhanded and silly Twitter joke from Elon Musk, I got linked to the Twitter account of the Flat Earth Society. Though the society itself has existed for ages, I’ve seen a growing number of seemingly regular people start questioning the established model of the blue planet we live on.

An alarming number of people buy into the belief that the world we live on is not, in fact, an oblate spheroid – but flatter than Wile E Coyote after yet another failed attempt to catch the roadrunner.

I honestly can’t believe it’s a debatable topic in the year 2017, but given how much else there is about this year that makes no sense, I guess it’s not that out of the ordinary. The biggest bit of evidence that they all seem to have for their belief is that it’s impossible to spot the curve in the so-called globe, even from high altitudes. They believe that the earth looks like this:

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And it’s not some fringe. There are many people who believe this. Rapper B.o.B is probably one of the most high-profile flat-earthers right now.

“You can’t really say technically the Earth is flat, because there are mountains, but to say that it’s a sphere, I haven’t found one piece of evidence that would lead me to believe that,” B.o.B says. “But what I do have are accounts dating back to ancient Egypt suggesting there’s a dome cover over the planet.”

Well okay then. From my perspective, here’s a table covered with all of the compelling, accepted scientific evidence for a flat earth:

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But here’s the question? Why do so many people believe in a flat earth? And if you’re one of those people, tell us why.

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Last Updated: December 1, 2017

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