Has the percentage of people who read books decreased by the same percentage of the rise of the new Flat Earther movement? (e.g. a 30,000% increase rise of youtube videos in just 4 years!) Has the internet destroyed people's ability to read, reason and come to truth by the same percentage? See: Why the 7 Liberating Arts & Sciences are only requirement for Sovereign Learning
Beware the True-believer! In this lecture Eric Hoffer's fascinating analysis of mass movements is examined. It looks at the causes, those most prone to join a mass movement, the role of leaders / intellectuals in such movements, and more: https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/rfEAhUlMjfo
The problem goes deep because of very important MISSING EDUCATION: ...we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armour was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects. https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/993868998604242944
Only "Deep Work" is capable of recovering from the damage already done. See more on "deep work" & "cal newport" - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=deep+work+cal+newport
If one needs to accuse me of anything... please include: Neo-Luddite: believes that the use of technology has serious ethical, moral, and social ramifications. Operating under this belief, Neo-Luddites are critical of technology and cautious to promote its early adoption. While they are not necessarily opposed to technology, they would prefer to see a more serious discussion of the role of technology in society.
Here are just a few articles that illustrate many thoughts to consider re the explosive rise of this new "Flat Earther" religion:
Debunking ideas that would not exist were it not for the Internet: https://creation.com/refuting-flat-earth - "Its perplexing to see that belief in a “flat earth” is gaining traction, despite being thoroughly debunked for thousands of years. This idea was almost non-existent until recently, yet this particular branch of pseudoscience is making inroads. It’s notable that the article The Flat Earth Myth, busting the myth that the church taught a flat earth, written as recently as 2013, did not receive any negative comments from flat-earth believers. Why? Because there were hardly any people back then who believed it! Rather, readers were grateful to see that the church had never taught this nonsense. Several honest atheists have even slammed people from their own side who have pushed a bad pseudo-history that accuses the church of teaching a flat earth. (O’Neill, T., New Atheist Bad History — Great Myths 1: The Medieval Flat Earth, 31 May 2016.)
Flat-Earthers are back: 'It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion' https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/20/flat-earth-believers-youtube-videos-conspiracy-theorists
Some conspiracy theorists take it farther. What if all the flat-Earth talk is a big psychological experiment to see what we humans will believe in an era in which sizable groups already go against scientific consensus on vaccines, evolution and climate change?
“Maybe they want to create the perfect concoction of pseudo-science bullshit and fabricated statistics to see who will blindly follow,” reads the opening comment of a thread in Reddit’s conspiracy theory subreddit. “They can then set up or use the same tactics to further lead the conspiracy community astray. Who else thinks this is a psy-op?”
Internet-era resurgence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth the proliferation of communications technology and social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have given individuals, famous or otherwise, a platform to spread pseudo-scientific ideas and build stronger followings. The flat-Earth conjecture has flourished in this environment. Social media and the internet, furthermore, have made it easier for like-minded theorists to connect with one another and mutually reinforce their beliefs. In other words, social media has had a "levelling effect", in that experts have less sway in the public mind than they used to.
Organizations skeptical of fringe beliefs have occasionally performed tests to demonstrate the local curvature of the Earth. One of these, conducted by members of the Independent Investigations Group, at the Salton Sea on June 10, 2018, was attended also by supporters of a flat Earth, and the encounter between the two groups was recorded by the National Geographic Explorer. This experiment successfully demonstrated the curvature of the earth via the disappearance over distance of boat-based and shore-based targets.
Coloradans say Earth is flat. And gravity’s a hoax. Now, they’re being persecuted. https://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/07/colorado-earth-flat-gravity-hoax/ Leaders want Flat Earthism to be an accessible creed for the common man, an egalitarian movement that gives life meaning by punching back at scientific disenchantment.
“They want you to think you’re insignificant, a speck on the earth, a cosmic mistake,” Sargent says. “The flat earth says you are special, we are special, there is a creator, this isn’t some accident.”
The orthodox say their faith makes them a persecuted minority, mocked to their faces by friends and strangers for nothing more than First Amendment-protected beliefs. “We get accused of being idiots, of doing it for money,” Knodel said. “Believe me, there’s only humiliation in this. We do it because we believe it.”
"Before I did the first few videos back in 2015, if you typed ‘flat earth’ into YouTube you’d get 50,000 results,” he says. “Now, you’ll come in with 17.4 million. That’s more than a 30,000 percent increase. And we’re growing.”
Flat Wrong: The Misunderstood History Of Flat Earth Theories https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/flat-wrong-misunderstood-history-flat-earth-theories/ But, if the flat Earth serves as a kind if myth or fantasy for those who believe in it, there are also myths about the flat Earth that are just as widespread.
One of the most widely propagated myths in the contemporary world is the belief that Columbus was advised by the Catholic Church to abandon his journey on the basis that he risked falling off the edge of the world.
What this suggests is that we are sometimes overly keen to enlist the past – or our version of the past – in our attempts to feel better about how enlightened we are and how benighted were our predecessors.
That, of course, does not mean that nobody believed the Earth was flat in the middle ages; nor does it entail that nobody believes it today. Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram, famously claimed to not believe in a whole series of modern ideas which he thought were contrary to Islam – including the spherical shape of the Earth.
If there is anything truly astounding about BoB’s improbable cosmographical musings, it’s that the battle between him and Neil deGrasse Tyson is, at this stage at least, being carried out only through the medium of rap. That could be a historical first for cosmography.
Examining The Recent Rise Of The Flat Earth Movement https://wakeup-world.com/2015/08/14/examining-the-recent-rise-of-the-flat-earth-movement/ . The recent rise of the ‘Flat Earth Movement’ and those pushing the flat earth theory have taken the webosphere by storm. For the record, I am not here to say I believe the Earth is flat, but I am open to the possibility. Clearly, more investigation needs to be done, and it would be wisest to admit we don’t know something rather than proceed as if we do – especially when deception has infiltrated every area of our lives.
Is the debate over the flat earth the “Mother of all Conspiracies”? Not quite, in my opinion. If it’s true, it’s huge: I’d call it the second biggest conspiracy. The biggest conspiracy, though, is forgetting Who We Are – infinitely creative, spiritual beings having a brief human journey – and allowing other entities to siphon off our life energy. This includes the issue of what happens when we die (ie. whether we are forcibly recycled at the point of death through a soul net? )
As David Icke, the late Michael Talbot (who wrote The Holographic Universe), some Western scientists and many others have said — the world is a giant hologram. It looks, feels, smells, tastes and seems like something solid, but is actually mostly empty space made from energy vibrating at a slow rate. Essentially, we live in a giant version of the Holodeck on Star Trek.
Quantum physics has shown us that the atom can appear as a particle (matter) or a wave (energy) and displays characteristics of both simultaneously. The wave is all possibility until it “collapses” (due to our observation and intent) into a particle and solidifies.
Is it possible that flat earth people are looking at the “wave” aspect of the atom rather than the “particle” aspect? Could the Earth be flat on an unlimited plane, until it collapses into particle form and becomes a sphere?
Where Did the Idea of a Flat Earth Originate?http://www.midwestapologetics.org/articles/bible/flatearth.htm
I remember being taught in school that people used to believe the earth was flat. The ancients believed there were people on the other side of the earth known as antipodes. These people, it was thought, walked upside down. Christopher Columbus had a difficult time finding a crew because everyone was afraid that they would fall off the edge of the earth. This is what I was taught in a public school. Last week, my daughter was taught the same thing at a private Christian school. Nowadays, this story is accepted as historical but is it accurate?
Historians now recognize that the Church did not teach a flat earth yet the lie is still promulgated in numerous books and schools. Even the late Stephen Jay Gould (a leading evolutionist) came to the theologians’ defense when he said, “For the myth itself only makes sense under a prejudicial view of Western history as an era of darkness between lighted beacons of classical learning and Renaissance revival – while the nineteenth-century invention of the flat earth, as we shall see, occurred to support another dubious and harmful separation wedded to another legend of historical progress – the supposed warfare between science and religion.”
History reveals that the Church did not teach a flat earth. The Bible does not teach a flat earth. Apparently, John W. Draper invented the flat earth myth in an effort to attack biblical Christianity. Once again, it has been shown that the Bible is not at odds with modern science. Rather, modern science confirms biblical teaching.