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  •  This reminds me of Alfred Russell Wallace (1+ / 0-)
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    taking on a bet to prove the Earth wasn't flat in the 1870s. As a naturalist and experienced surveyor he had no problem winning, but many contemporary scientists were upset that he was legitimizing the flat Earth loons. Christine Garwood's, The Flat Earth Society (2010) covers this in great detail.

    I share illinifan17's concerns (and am an Illini fan myself, class of '85).

    You can wake someone who is sleeping, but you cannot wake someone who is pretending to sleep.

    by gnothis on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:52:28 AM PST

    •  Incorrect (2+ / 0-)
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      catwho, ColoTim

      He had no trouble making a demonstration, which the Flat Earthers denied meant anything.

      You find a long straight stretch of canal, which was easy to do in England. You lay out a reasonable distance, say a mile, from a central point. At both ends and the center, you put poles in with their tops at the same height above the water. Then you go and sight from one end down the line. Due to the curvature of the Earth, the middle pole pokes up a bit. It is easy to calculate how much.

      But this assumes that light always travels in straight lines, la, la, la, I can't hear you.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:00:21 AM PST

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