Isn’t that how Kevin Spacey got in trouble?

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  • Michael Shepherd

    It won’t help, we have known for more than 5,000 years that the Earth was round. The ancient Greeks were able to figure it out without space travel or satellites (if you want to know how look it up, I will leave it as an exercise for the student). The problem is that willful ignorance and cognitive dissonance cannot be reasoned with. People cling to their pet conspiracy theories tenaciously and you can’t shake them free no matter how much logic and evidence you present to them. I say just let them bask in their preferred ignorance and quit feeding the trolls…

    • Princess George

      You have just described the vast majority of people supporting both parties in the US political machine.

    • Drop Message

      Regarding your last sentence: I usually don’t try to convert people, because as you say, they’re mostly immune to evidence and facts anyway. But I think it’s important to call them on their shit (when I can muster up the energy, which is admittedly not always the case) and to discredit their ideas.

      For one thing, somebody who’s on the fence and for whom not all hope is yet lost might read it later or be listening in, and I also don’t want to give flat-earthers (to pick one example) the general feeling that their ideas have merit. They want to believe the earth is flat? Fine. But I sure as hell won’t make them feel like they are taken seriously. Ideas are infectious, and that goes for both good and bad ones, and I think it’s important to try to limit the spread of bad ones.

      Generally agreed with you though.

    • sniz_and_fondue

      None of the BS taught for history (at least when I was a kid) at the elementary level helps either. How many of you were fed the absolute garbage that Columbus “discovered” the Earth was round?

      • Ara Raven

        I was taught that Columbus was a gold-mad dunce who thought the earth was shaped like a pear so it made total sense that he could sail the other way to get to India, and the king and queen were so fucking sick of listening to him that they gave him three shitty ships with the mental shrug of, “Hey, if he gets there, we get our spices cheaper. But he isn’t gonna take enough food to get there, so hopefully he’ll starve to death. That would be awesome.”

        • sniz_and_fondue

          A supposed that’s a better version than mine. We were taught he was some kind of visionary that the sweet, wisely Queen Isabella took a chance on. He insisted the world was round, while others didn’t. Fuck, it was beat into us that the crew was ready to mutiny moment’s before he “saw” land, and thus proved the world was round. He returns home a fucking hero.

          They sort of left out the part about him causing mass genocide. Ehh, you know, details are pesky things.

      • Drop Message

        I was not taught that, but I have met people who thought this had been the case, sadly.

    • Martin Kamenov Georgiev

      This thread is full of inspiring thoughts and ideas, and yet its outshined by the eloquence on PornHub. 😀

  • Rokas Akanichas

    At least some1 has some brains not to waste his time on this

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