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A dive into Zetetic Astronomy: understanding contemporary flat earth beliefs

Contemporary flat earth beliefs originate from the mid-nineteenth century, coming from Samuel Birley Rowbotham’s book Zetetic Astronomy: Earth not a Globe. This book laid out Rowbotham’s view of the earth as a flat disc with the North Pole as its centre, and an ice wall surrounding the edge. Many connect Rowbotham’s earth structure with some […]

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The end isn’t nigh, so why do we still listen to those who claim otherwise?

Some of you will perhaps remember that the world ended in 2012. Or at least, it was supposed to. Due to the unfortunate crossover of a prediction in the Aztec ancient calendar and the release of a graphics-heavy, film-foretelling, environmental calamity (depending on your outlook, perhaps not so ridiculous), we all faced a year of […]

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Making a conspiracy: the truth is already out here

Conspiracy theories range from the relatively harmless (that the moon landings were faked, or that Avril Lavigne really died in 2007) to the genuinely dangerous (denying climate change or the value of vaccines). Dr David Grimes at the University of Oxford has created a model to describe how long such cover ups could be sustained. […]