[ExI] flat earth

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 24 13:22:48 UTC 2019

rafa wrote -

Mankind's insanity never ceases to amaze me.

Evolution gave man a big brain and a great ability to associate things with
one another - learning.  What didn't happen was that an ability to sort
things in probable and improbable came up short.  So we can learn
superstitions as easily as we can learn arithmetic - or easier.  Think once
again of all the cognitive errors our brains as subject to - great minds
easily pushed off the track by irrelevancies.

As for smart flat earthers, being smart does not stop one from being
paranoid and fond of conspiracy theories, like the Moon landing being shot
in a studio.
I suspect some of them are tongue in cheek believers.

bill w

On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 10:32 PM Rafal Smigrodzki <
rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 10:48 PM SR Ballard <sen.otaku at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Are we trying to start a fight about calling flat earthers dumb, or?
> ### I was surprised to hear that there is a vigorous flat-earther
> community in the US. I can kind of understand the existence of creationism
> - with millions people being exposed to a religious upbringing some of them
> will try to systematize the contradictions between that upbringing and the
> information they obtain from non-religious sources. Creationism is how a
> relatively sane mind might respond to having massive discrepancies in
> available data but not enough emotional stamina to accept unpleasant
> conclusions (such as loss of hope for redemption).
> But flat-earthism? This is looks like a full-on paranoid delusional
> syndrome capable of spreading among susceptible individuals but not (as of
> yet) a cult. It's not a religion, it's not quite a conspiracy theory, it's
> not a fear-driven phenomenon like anti-vaxxing but it does share important
> features with all of them. And flat-earthers are not even dumb, they tend
> to be smarter than average.
> Mankind's insanity never ceases to amaze me.
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