Why do some people believe clearly false ideas?
It’s a question I’ve been turning over in my mind for… ah, no reason, really, just random thoughts, definitely not anything political. And since these random-but-clearly-not-political musings are bouncing around my head, I figured I could examine a couple non-politically charged ideas:
- QAnon? Nope, staying far away from that.
- Holocaust deniers? Hmm… no, if only because it turns my stomach.
- Chem trails? Meh… so last decade.
- Illuminati? So last century?
- Bill Gates seeding the world with metal snow? A little to far into the crazy.
- Flat Earthers? Ah, so I kind of feel like that one’s cheating.
Actually, let’s go with that: flat earthers. There are a not insignificant number of people that believe the earth is flat, truly. On the face of it, this is a remarkably obvious and to many, a stupid belief. There’s an astonishing amount of ‘proof’ that we live on a very large sphere called a planet. Not only are there clues to this on the ground, but if we just look up at the sky, we can see pretty much everything else out there also is a sphere. Then there’s all the videos and images from the international space station, satellites, the shuttle, etc, and it becomes pretty hard to believe that we’re living on anything but a spherical planet.
It might seem the only way to not believe the earth is a sphere is to dig a deep hole and bury yourself deeply within it. Yet I guarantee they’ve seen it all.