Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Should people who believe the Earth to be round, debate those who think the Earth flat?

What kind of a debate would that be anyway? Would not the Earth is round person say let's go to the edge of the shore and watch the ships as they sail, and look how as they go out farther they dip? and go out of sight but come back?

What possible debate would there be?

What possible piece of evidence does the person who believe in a flat Earth have? What response of intelligence would be given to defend the world view the Earth is flat?

Does the person who believe the Earth is round have any obligation to debate someone who believes the Earth to be flat?

22 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    I guess this is no longer debatable as the earth is widely evidenced to be round and no other shape can disprove the fact. If the earth is flat, people on NASA must have been faking the whole world with all their findings.

    This is not debatable as the people taking this side would surely lose considering that the people taking the side that the earth is round can possibly get a lot of evidences to support their argument.

    I have found a quotation by a scientist, (though I don't know who he is) Isaac Asimov that has something to do with the earth being debated whether flat or spherical. He said (though I odn't know what he exactly meant),

    "When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the world was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking that the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking that the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."

    Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

    Russian-born U.S. writer.

    So anyone who goes for the thinking that the earth is flat embraces the principle of the so-called Relativity of Wrong... Check my source.

    Source(s): The Relativity of Wrong Microsoft ® Encarta ® Reference Library 2005. © 1993-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its not a question of obligation. But suppose the people that believe the earth is flat start electing flat earth believers to school boards and they start passing laws requiring that flat earth geography be given equal time. Outlawing international flights which go over the polar regions. And suppose they elect a flat earther to be president and he passes a law requiring that the goverment not do any business with companies which sell globes.

    At some point the defenders of reason need to stand up for science and reality or they will lose their freedoms.

  • 1 decade ago

    People who know, that the world is not flat have to tell the others.

    The voice of rationalists is not loud today, nearly 80% of the US American population does not believe in evolution anymore. The intellectuals say like you do: Do not debate with the stupids, to show that you do not take them serious.

    But the stupid´s community grows and grows and the scientific elite does not say a word.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    People still believe that?? Oh wow point 'em out I need a good laugh at someone's expense.



    Edit: I notice it went over a few people's heads...

    "What a waste of five points. No offense.

    But anyone that believes the world is flat should be allowed to their own devices. Chances are, they will earn themselves an early demise with thinking like that..... So, no, I have no obligation to inform anyone of the obvious""

    Like certain proven points that he has been arguing for?

    I don't know maybe they haven't caught on...come on people THINK about it!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't need to. I know its round. Proof? I've seen it with my own eyes. Go up into the Gateway to the West (The Arch) in St. Louis and look out towards western Missouri. You are so high up that the view you get of the horizon is not a straight line... it is curved.

  • 1 decade ago

    Any obligation would be to educate that person so that they don't look foolish to their peers if that topic is brought up again. If something has been proven than it is up to the knowledgeable to correct any misconceptions some others may have

  • 1 decade ago

    What a waste of five points. No offense.

    But anyone that believes the world is flat should be allowed to their own devices. Chances are, they will earn themselves an early demise with thinking like that..... So, no, I have no obligation to inform anyone of the obvious.

  • tincre
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    James move out of the religion and spirituality section.. Try another section where your obvious intelligence can be put to good use educating others.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ask them why the people 2,500+ years ago knew it was round:

    Isaiah 40:21-23 (King James Version)

    21Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

    22It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

    23That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

  • 1 decade ago

    There are no "obligations" to debate anyone over anything for goodness sakes already. The two debating parties will debate should they WANT to. Sheesh!

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