Warmists and the decline in trust of science: The flat earth movement
The one thing that is clear about Warmism is that it is heavily politicized. Most Leftists accept the theory as fact and most conservatives doubt it. Certainly, most GOP Congressmen are firmly against doing anything about it. And almost all the scientific voices we hear in the media are Warmist.
So roughly half the population think the scientists are fooling us, which they demonstrably are. So Warmism has clearly disrupted people's trust in science.
But Warmism is not the only disrupter of trust in science. The way official food and diet recommendations periodically go into reverse must also incite cynicism about scientific wisdom. Many conservatives say that the government has no business trying to dictate what people should put in their mouths and, if that dictum had been followed, medical science might have been spared the ignominy it has suffered.
So what happens when large numbers of people mistrust science? It throws everything into doubt. People tend to look for what makes sense to them personally and go by that alone.
And there are two well established scientific facts that were once virtually unquestioned but which have recently gained many doubters: The benefits of vaccinations and the shape of the earth. The antivaxxers risk the lives of their children by refusing all vaccinations and there are now once again people who believe the earth is flat.
Of these, the anti-vaxxers are the big problem. If there are enough of them they destroy herd immunity and thus take away the only protections newborns have from various serious and life threatening illnesses. Anti-vaxxers kill not only their own children but also other babies too young to be vaccinated.
Leftists, of course, don't worry about killing. They cry compassion but are happy to kill millions with "incorrect" beliefs and allow killing of unborn babies with no compunction at all. Conservatives, however, tend to value life greatly -- so from a conservative viewpoint very stern measures against anti-vaxxers could be justified.
But how can we justify such measures when their only clear justification is a scientific one and people have good reasons to distrust science? How can we ask people to trust science when science is so obviously flawed? So distrust of science is in fact killing babies.
But the distrust of science becomes really stark when we find that there really is now a flat earth movement. There are now an evidently considerable number of people who do believe the earth is flat. They are in no way as dangerous as the anti-vaxers but just by their existence they show how seriously the reputation of science has been damaged.
The flat earthers are sometimes called an Alt-Right movement but I can't see that they have much in common with mainstream conservatives. They seem mainly to be believers in spirituality and the occult -- and such beliefs tend to be strongest among Leftist voters. I reproduce below an excerpt from one of the more prominent flat-earthers, Makia Freeman.:
Socrates, the father of philosophy, showed that questions are more powerful than answers; indeed, his questions were so powerful that the leaders of Athens put him to death for them. So, let us never be afraid to ask questions – it is the only way we can learn and be truly sure of things.
Whatever the answer turns out to be, the idea that the Earth on which we all live could indeed be flat has ignited intense curiosity and healthy debate – and has already shaken people out of their apathy and generated some genuine critical thinking. This in itself is a victory for freedom, because once enough people start to question their reality in every way, the global conspiracy being only held up by deception and subterfuge will collapse.
It Sounds Crazy, But Open Your Mind …
Virtually everyone who first comes to the subject of flat earth (myself included) is thinking: “Flat earth? Are you serious? You must be kidding. That’s crazy! Don’t waste my time. That Makia Freeman guy has really gone off the deep end this time …” I know, I know. That’s how I first reacted to this topic. Let’s face it: we’re all conditioned to believe the world is arranged in a certain way. Right from the moment we go to school around age 5, we are shown miniature globes of the world and told the Earth is a ball. Our society makes fun of people we perceive to be crazy or behind the times by deriding them as “people who still think the world is flat.”
But how do you know the Earth is a globe? Only because you were told so by your teacher, who was told by someone else, who was told by someone else, who was told by someone else, who was told by some “authority” or “expert”. We already know the tendency humanity has for worshipping those outside of itself, for unquestioning obedience to authority, especially other people in uniform, white coats or black robes. Somewhere along the way as a child, you were probably shown some books with photographs, but as has been well exposed, space photos and videos are easily faked, as NASA knows very well. Those at the very top of the pyramid, who control the media, publishing houses and the education curriculum, do have the means to pull of such a grand deception.
Is the Flat Earth the Mother of All Conspiracies?
The question of whether we live on a flat earth or globe-shaped earth is not some passing fad of little importance. If we have been deceived into thinking the earth is a globe when it is really flat, it conclusively proves just how easily we can be hoodwinked into believing lies and absurdities on a colossal scale. If we have been massively fooled about the very planet on which we live, we could have been fooled on any other topic in existence.
Is the debate over the flat earth the “Mother of all Conspiracies”? Not quite, in my opinion. If it’s true, it’s huge: I’d call it the second biggest conspiracy. The biggest conspiracy, though, is forgetting Who We Are – infinitely creative, spiritual beings having a brief human journey – and allowing other entities to siphon off our life energy. This includes the issue of what happens when we die (ie. whether we are forcibly recycled at the point of death through a soul net?)
In my opinion, flat earth is a close second, but ultimately, the two issues are connected; authors such as James of the Wing Makers have joined the two in their work — by describing our world as the Hologram of Deception and describing the phenomenon of forced reincarnation. The notion that we are entrapped in some kind of holographic quarantine is highly disturbing, yet deserves our full attention.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).