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Flat Earth How thick?
« on: June 25, 2019, 02:16:30 PM »
I was just thinking about Flat Earth and wondered to my self two pretty basic questions.

How thick is the flat earth?
Like NY Pizza or like cheese cake or thicker?

What's underneath?
I suspect cool stuff, but possibly gross stuff (over cooked mushrooms and sewage) or very ornery Sasquatches.

The FAQ at the FES doesn't have any answers. I can't really believe these aren't frequently asked. They are after all, very rigorous thinkers.

I want answers damn it!
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2019, 02:19:05 PM »
Turtles all the way down.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019, 02:19:55 PM »
The Earth's taint.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2019, 04:07:56 PM »
Turtles all the way down.


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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2019, 04:29:20 PM »
I was just thinking about Flat Earth and wondered to my self two pretty basic questions.

How thick is the flat earth?
Like NY Pizza or like cheese cake or thicker?

I believe the flat-Earthers differ in their opinions of this, from a few miles, to infinite.

What's underneath?
I suspect cool stuff, but possibly gross stuff (over cooked mushrooms and sewage) or very ornery Sasquatches.

The FAQ at the FES doesn't have any answers. I can't really believe these aren't frequently asked. They are after all, very rigorous thinkers.

I want answers damn it!

One wag over there posted that there are people living on the underside, and they are the source of flying saucers, when they visit the top side, except that they think their side is the top side and ours is the underside. But I get the impression that most of them don't think there is an "underneath."

Overcooked mushrooms and sewage seems like as good an answer as any, but I kind of like people with flying saucers. I'm trying to remember what Terry Pratchett says. I mean, yes, it's resting on the backs of four elephants standing on the great turtle A'tun, but does he say what it's like under there? I'd go with whatever Pratchett says. I think he's a more reliable authority than Mark Sargent or any of the folks at FES.

They are after all, very rigorous thinkers.

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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2019, 05:55:17 PM »
Yes, Flat Earthers are that thick.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2019, 07:11:24 PM »
And where is all the lava coming from
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019, 11:14:00 PM »
And where is all the lava coming from

Lava? What lava? There's no lava. It's all part of the NASA conspiracy.

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But I wouldn't be terribly surprised if that was their answer.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 06:14:17 AM »
It's easy to think Flatters are poes, until you remember that billions of people think some superbeing created the Universe and is actually concerned about what people do with their genitals.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2019, 12:09:03 PM »
It's easy to think Flatters are poes, until you remember that billions of people think some superbeing created the Universe and is actually concerned about what people do with their genitals.

Totally agree. Which is why I think that flat-earth theory (FET) is far less harmful than religion, and no more insane or stupid.

What's a poe? There's Edgar Allan Poe, who was a bad poet, but I don't think we're talking about the literary skill of FET believers.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2019, 12:15:51 PM »
It's easy to think Flatters are poes, until you remember that billions of people think some superbeing created the Universe and is actually concerned about what people do with their genitals.

Totally agree. Which is why I think that flat-earth theory (FET) is far less harmful than religion, and no more insane or stupid.

What's a poe? There's Edgar Allan Poe, who was a bad poet, but I don't think we're talking about the literary skill of FET believers.

Poe's (internet) law: 

Without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the parodied views.

As originally formulated by Nathan Poe:

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Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article.

The meaning has drifted slightly to mean a statement (or the creator of that statement) where you can't tell if they are trolling, serious, or having a laugh being known as a Poe.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2019, 12:39:20 PM »
It's easy to think Flatters are poes, until you remember that billions of people think some superbeing created the Universe and is actually concerned about what people do with their genitals.

Yes and no.
With religion you have a lot of family, cultural and societal pressures --starting from birth to mold the supernatural into your whole thought process--and for most people the sermons are far more about being good to each other than anything about sex.
I'm no more of an intelligent person as an atheist than I was when I was religious, and I know a good number of extremely intelligent people who are religious but don't waste time coming up with or defending theories akin to Flat Earth.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2019, 01:14:14 PM »
...and I know a good number of extremely intelligent people who are religious but don't waste time coming up with or defending theories akin to Flat Earth.
But they believe a god who could create the Universe is concerned about how they use their genitals. Got it. 
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2019, 06:26:14 PM »
It's easy to think Flatters are poes, until you remember that billions of people think some superbeing created the Universe and is actually concerned about what people do with their genitals.

Totally agree. Which is why I think that flat-earth theory (FET) is far less harmful than religion, and no more insane or stupid.

What's a poe? There's Edgar Allan Poe, who was a bad poet, but I don't think we're talking about the literary skill of FET believers.

Poe's (internet) law: 

Without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the parodied views.

As originally formulated by Nathan Poe:

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Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article.

The meaning has drifted slightly to mean a statement (or the creator of that statement) where you can't tell if they are trolling, serious, or having a laugh being known as a Poe.

I had not heard of this before. Thank you.

...and I know a good number of extremely intelligent people who are religious but don't waste time coming up with or defending theories akin to Flat Earth.
But they believe a god who could create the Universe is concerned about how they use their genitals. Got it. 

The only reason religion doesn't seem like a Poe is that we are so accustomed to having it all around us that even if we don't believe it, we accept that it is a thing. I personally think that Christianity is far more wacky than FET. Some proponents of both suffer from serious mental illnesses, but the concepts are only marginally different in their wackyness:

The Earth is flat.

Or

God loves you so much that he'll torture you forever in an eternal lake of fire if you don't believe in him, or if you masturbate, or if you love someone of the same gender as yourself, or if you wear clothing that society has decreed must not be worn by people of your gender, or you eat the wrong kind of food, or you open your eggs at the wrong end...

For sanity, I'll take a flat-Earther over a Christian any day.
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Re: Flat Earth How thick?
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2019, 06:29:20 PM »
It's got to be at least thick enough to provide sufficient insulation to prevent Hell freezing over.

...Or maybe it's not. Perhaps I've stumbled upon a new theory for global warming?