Paid Actor Neil Dis-Grasse Tyson Blames The School System For Flat Earthers
“I blame the education system that can graduate someone into adulthood who cannot tell the difference between what is and is not true about this world,”
FE is going mainstream and is a meme on the minds of more than just a few back in just 2015. Ad hominen attacks by paid actors like Bill Nye, The Science Lie Guy and Neil DisGrace Be Like Mike Tyson are the puppets used to go after those of us with open minds to think and research for ourselves. Onward.
What happens if you ask an astrophysicist whether the Earth is flat? If that astrophysicist is Neil deGrasse Tyson, he first gives you a brutal side-eye that terrifies you to your core, before explaining the real reason why there are still people who believe the Earth is flat and we are at the center of the universe.
In a recent conversation with The Huffington Post, Tyson likened flat Earthers’ level of logic and understanding of the world to that of children who think people on TV know them.
“When you are a little child, you think they know you because you are the center of your own universe,” said Tyson, speaking with HuffPost’s Impact & Innovation managing editor, David Freeman. “And to mature out of that is very hard — not only when we grow up as humans, but also as we grow up as a civilization.”
Although the Earth seemed flat to people in earlier ages who could only see it from a limited vantage point, today we have several lines of evidence showing that our planet is round, including the Apollo program’s photos of a round Earth, Tyson added.
Most of humanity may have grown out of our ancestors’ immature view of the universe, but some of us seem to be lagging behind. Earlier this year, Tyson got into a Twitter battle with rapper B.o.B, who claimed that the Earth is flat and that he can prove this by using physics and math.
“I don’t mind that people don’t know things,” Tyson said. “But if you don’t know and you have the power of influence over others, that’s dangerous.”
He points the finger at the schools. “I blame the education system that can graduate someone into adulthood who cannot tell the difference between what is and is not true about this world,” Tyson said.
When Families Talk FE…
Police in Brockville, Ontario, are looking for a 56-year-old man after a family argument about the shape of the Earth got out of hand, leading him to start throwing things into a campfire out of frustration
Yup, you read that right.
According to the police, the disagreement was between a woman who insisted that the Earth is flat and her boyfriend’s father, who argued that the Earth is round.
Police and firefighters showed up after the father started throwing objects into the fire that belonged to the couple, including a propane tank.
He left the scene before police could charge him with mischief.
As for the debate about whether the Earth is flat, police said that “neither party would change their views.”
Standing atop Brimstone Head, Fogo Island’s imposing rocky outcrop that stretches out into the North Atlantic, it’s easy to see why some people dubbed it one of the corners of the flat earth.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about that quirky idea, and the people who propagate it, you’ll want to check out a new museum on the island.
“The stories of the flat earth have this odd, intangible, cultural connection to Newfoundland,” Kay Burns, curator for The Museum of the Flat Earth, told CBC Radio’s Central Morning Show.
The space ups the ante for Burns, an artist who’s been fascinated with all things flat earth since the 80s.
“Once I moved to Fogo Island [in 2001], it just seemed to become a really kind of logical connection to this place, to kind of take it to this next level,” she said.
“Newfoundland has this long tradition of tall tales, oral history, recitation. And this seemed to fit, this opportunity to build this monument to this other kind of story.”
Fact (?) or fiction
In that vein, Burns’ space bends the concept of the museum, and fact versus fiction.
Some of what’s on display belongs to the original Flat Earth Society of Canada, established in Fredericton in 1970.
“I have a number of artifacts from that original group,” Burns said, material on loan from the University of New Brunswick archives.
“I’ve spoken with old members, I’ve read books about flat earth societies.”
One member in particular gets thorough treatment at the museum: Bartholomew Seeker, who Burns said moved to Fogo in 1971, as “the guardian of the corner.”
Burns has some of his possessions on display, as well as the history of his work on Fogo.
Burns herself has dived into the world of flat-earthers.
“I developed a performance persona, whose name is Iris Taylor, and Iris has reinstated the Flat Earth Society of Canada as the president,” she said.
Taylor is listed as the museum’s official curator, and according to her, there are several other corners of the world, including, but not limited to, Easter Island, the Bermuda Triangle, and Tasmania.
“Because it’s an art project, there’s been significant amount of fictional embellishment to some of the materials,” said Burns.
This winter, Burns began renovating the museum space, appropriately placed in part of the Flat Earth Outpost Café in Shoal Bay, a construction job that piqued the interest of locals.
“They’d stick their head around the door to see what I was doing,” said Burns, adding once she began installing exhibits, she closed off the space to the public.
People will finally get to see the museum Saturday May 21, at the grand opening from 3- 5 p.m., an event Burns promises will be “fun and spontaneous.”
The museum will then be open throughout the summer.