Debate Club forum restructure

by Parsifal

Hello Earthers of all shapes and sizes!

In the hope of facilitating more constructive and honest debate, we will be restructuring the forums tomorrow (2018-06-24, 09:00 UTC) while down for maintenance. To minimise confusion during the transition, you will not be able to access the forum while the changes are being made.

A summary of the changes that will take place:

1) Create Flat Earth Investigations - Investigate authoritative claims on any topic. Question our institutions and challenge conventional wisdom.

2) Rename Flat Earth General to Flat Earth Community.

3) Merge FE debate, FE Q&A, Rename to Flat Earth Theory - A place to examine the Flat Earth Theory.

4) Rename Flat Earth Information Repository to Flat Earth Media

5) Rename Zetetic Council Forum to Flat Earth Projects. Place the Earth Not a Globe Workshop as a subforum within Flat Earth Projects (Ideally, not seen on the main Table of Contents page)

"It's true, I saw it on the Internet!"

by Pete Svarrior

Perhaps unsurprisingly, we've received many questions about the recent SpaceX launch, and the resultant "live stream" of a pretty red car floating about in space.

It certainly is interesting to see the shift of focus in space programs from official government organisations to privately-run organisations. Whether or not that's a good thing will, of course, vary with your political views, but the ultimate outcome isn't much different. After all, corporations are driven by profit, not the pursuit of knowledge or truth.

What is surprising, however, is the new generation of people shouting "It's true, I saw it on TV!" Except this time, it's the Internet. We have already witnessed the shortfalls of this blind belief in online materials; just consider recent US elections, the political Facebook campaigns in the UK, or the many fake-news sites run from countries like Macedonia.

I would like to appeal to everyone, Round Earther and Flat Earther alike, to exercise more caution when approaching online content. Exercise critical thinking. Seeing something on the Internet does not automatically render it true. Even Steve Wozniak has remarked that ‘[he doesn't] believe anything [Musk] says’. Make of that what you will.

Then again, it was a good car ad.

Happy New Year from the Flat Earth Society!

by Pete Svarrior

2017 has been a fantastic year for the Flat Earth movement. If current trends are anything to go by, 2018 is only going to be better!

Happy New Year to all Flat Earthers, and those not yet convinced. Thank you for continuing to accompany us on this wild journey through time and space.

Changes to the merch store

by Pete Svarrior

Hi guys,

Just a quick one to let you know about some of the things I've been working on in our store.

First of all, the store has now been re-structured into categories. Our previous listing was becoming a little bit busy. Too busy, perhaps. To make the browsing experience a little bit clearer, things have been broken down into broad (but hopefully self-explanatory) groups.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, in response to feedback from Twitter (especially our new followers following the Elon Musk saga), we now sell stickers and mugs. I hope to include more sticker designs in the near future, but this initial set should at least tide us over during the time of rapidly increased demand.

As always, all markups have been set to $0 and the prices consist of just the CafePress base costs. I am also awaiting delivery of the first few samples, and I'll make sure to report on the quality of the stickers as soon as I've received them.

Have a great day!

Flat-Earth Theory Rockets Forward

by Pongo

Though we live in a world fraught with Fake News, occasionally a really good story comes across our desks here at The Flat Earth Society. We believe in a tactile approach to learning and understanding, one that forces individuals to break out of the constraints placed upon them by society and achieve new heights. Terms like, “that’s as hard as rocket science” was questioned by fellow Flat-earther Mike Hughes who is challenging such notions by building his own steam-powered rocket to launch himself into the atmoplane.

Hughes is a limo driver from the American West Coast and while he was unable to be reached for comment, his understanding of concepts like trajectory, magnetopause, and terracentric orbital dynamics was clearly not stifled by the liberal round-earth agendas of our “top” universities. Once Hughes launches himself high into the air, it will be yet another piece of evidence for our flat-earth.

What’s perhaps most impressive is that in true Rowbothiam fashion, Hughes has made his rocket steam powered! Not even the laws against building ballistic missiles can keep Hughes grounded. Godspeed, Hughes. We here at The Flat Earth Society salute you.