If you’ve ever visited a NASA post on Google+, you’ll find that they draw the flat earthers out of their parents’ basements to post barely legible (on a good day) claims that everything NASA does is fake, that outer space doesn’t exist, that the world is flat, the sun is only a few thousand miles away, as well as the moon, satellites don’t exist, gravity doesn’t exist (no, really, they actually claim that), and a whole slew of grandiose, more expensive than God to pull off conspiracy theories.
If you’ve ever engaged with them, you’ll find some of them are incapable of intelligible thought or writing and are clearly psychologically damaged, but the ones that can write in mostly complete sentences will argue with you. We’ll, they won’t really argue the point to support their claim. They’ll just insult you, your intelligence, your upbringing, pretend like they’re amazed you actually believe the world is round, as if everyone else believes it’s flat, will have emotional tirades against you, tell you you’re indoctrinated, and blast you with pointless pictures and question, but they will almost never directly answer your questions. They’ll try to overload you with ridiculous claims… so many, that it will be impossible for you to respond to them all.
I’ve found a way to shut some of them up. I ask them one simple question:
To All Flat Earthers
Why, when I point my satellite dish to where a geostationary satellite is supposed to be, I get a signal, and when I point it away, I lose the signal? Keep in mind, this is pointed to a clear, unobstructed sky, with no mountains or towers in the way.
Already debunked answers:
- Towers. The dish isn’t pointed at any. It it were, all nearby dishes would have to point to it instead of the sky. Dishes south of it would point north. But all dishes in the northern hemisphere point southward.
- Balloons. Balloons can’t stay stationary. They move with the wind. Also, same positional problem with towers. Dishes would be pointed all over the place. They’re not.
- Planes. Same with balloons. They can’t stay stationary. Also, the pointing problem.
Offer an explanation that explains why dishes work like that if satellites don’t exist.
Inundate them with this question. Some will actually go away. The others will instead make themselves look even more ridiculous.
But WHY engage with them?
Good question! There’s little to no chance these flat earthers are even going to accept facts and reason. But, they are actively recruiting new imbeciles to their cause. By flushing out these kooks on public forums and exposing their idiocy, the few that might fall into their wacko way of thinking will be steered away, and that’s a win for everyone. Plus, it’s highly entertaining to see how these people try to explain the logical contradictions of their flat world view.