Look what we found in the Denver Post: Flat Earth conference in Denver adds to Colorado’s reputation as a hub for those questioning science. They have a comments section. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The organizer of the upcoming Flat Earth International Conference to be hosted in Denver next month has a few things he wants to clarify. “We don’t believe we’re on a pancake flying through space,” Robbie Davidson said. [No? Then what?] Instead, the flat Earth is stationary, and the sun and stars revolve around it, he clarified. [Ah yes, very biblical.] Further, flat Earthers don’t believe people can fall off the edge of the world. “When you first hear this topic you laugh at it and think it’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard of,” Davidson said. “But if you keep an open mind, it’s a really compelling topic.”
Robbie Davidson is a name we’ve encountered before. Where was it? Oh yeah, it was here: Creationism at a Flat Earth Conference. That was about his conference in Canada. Now he’s got one going in Colorado. The Denver Post says:
Davidson and his crowd are going against centuries of scientific evidence that proves the Earth is round. Ancient Greeks are given credit for the discovery, and it has been backed up by scientists ever since.
Indeed. Aristotle (who died in 322 BC) correctly referred to the Earth’s shadow on the Moon as demonstrating that the Earth is a sphere. His views are mentioned in Wikipedia’s article on Spherical Earth. And Eratosthenes, who died around 195 BC, accurately calculated the Earth’s circumference. The work of both men was widely known long before the New Testament was written, but like the Old Testament, the New Testament is also a flat-Earth book. See The Earth Is Flat!, in which we provide dozens of scripture quotes from both the Old Testament and the New.
After that, the Denver Post tells us:
Davidson said he has sold about 420 tickets to the Flat Earth International Conference so far and expects about 500 people to attend the two-day event on Nov. 15 and 16. [Mark your calendar!] … [T]ickets to attend the event range from $199 to $349. About 400 people attended the first conference held last year in Raleigh, N.C.
That’s a small price to pay for such an educational event. The news continues:
The conference is geared toward skeptics and long-time believers of the flat Earth theory alike, though Davidson said about 80 percent of the attendees will already be “on board” with a flat world. [That makes sense.] “The biggest reason people become flat Earthers is because they go out to debunk it,” he said.
And presumably they fail. Let’s read on:
But not all who investigate the shape of the world come to subscribe to the same alternate shape of the planet — there are variations on the flat Earth theory. Davidson believes in a Christian Biblical interpretation that teaches God created a flat Earth and his videos on YouTube point to scripture as the basis for some of his thoughts. He said that many who deny the world is round come from a religious perspective, but not all. “If hypothetically, you’re going to take the Bible literally, you gotta be consistent,” he said.
Amen to that! Another excerpt:
Last week, an advertisement for the conference went up along Interstate 70 east of Aurora. In large white lettering, the billboard asks passersby to use Google to search “flat Earth clues” and shows an image of the Earth overlaid with the word “FAKE” in red lettering.
The newspaper article has a nice picture of the billboard. Very impressive! And now we come to the end:
Flat Earth theory is becoming more popular in part because of social media and the internet, despite scientific consensus that the world is a globe, Davidson said. “We’re not anti-science,” Davidson said. [Hee hee!] “We support true empirical science and what we can observe.”
So there you are. We’d love to be there, but we have to stay home to take care of Miss Scarlett, our splendid Doberman, If you decide to attend, dear reader, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.
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