Why pondering the flat earth theory isn’t so crazy (with lots of juicy arguments by Stephen…
Ancilla van de Leest

  1. It is possible to travel in a straight line around the globe. Get a compass, and choose a direction. You may struggle to remain perfectly straight the entire way around the planet, but you don’t need to be perfectly straight to prove it — you can leave America, travel East and never West, and when you end up in America, you know the Earth is round. Repeat from different starting points and in different directions for unrefutable confirmation.
  2. NdGT was treating the subject with jocularity. He handled it like a rap battle, since he was facing off with a rapper who’d literally written a diss track. Showing that scientists are normal human beings who can have fun instead of appearing like grim, stoic clergymen is important too. Science can be part of entertainment too, and that’s what NdGT was doing.
  3. If it’s a question sincerely asked, then I agree with you, there’s no need to be abrasive. There’s an element of truth to the idea that some scientists are unnecessarily rude, but I don’t think this is the best example of it (see 2). The impatient, unnecessarily harsh answer is certainly true of people like Lawrence Krauss, Brian Cox and others at times.
  4. If B.o.B. was sincere in what he was saying (and not just attention-seeking), he wasn’t just questioning. He was positing a round earth conspiracy of globalists, scientists etc. He was making claims of his own, which unlike the round earth theory, cannot be backed by evidence in any way. That’s not open-minded — it’s dogmatism and an obstinate refusal to change his position when presented with facts. Open-mindedness is the willingness to change your views when presented by evidence.
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