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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Aliens!
« on: June 06, 2023, 08:41:27 PM »
I want to hook up with a space babe as much as anyone but there are no aliens.
Prove it.

Flat Earth Community / Re: Intuitive understanding of the world.
« on: June 06, 2023, 10:05:53 AM »
secretagent10, I appreciate you're relatively new to the FE debate, and I would strongly encourage you to observe it for a while before making such far-reaching conclusions. I worry that you might be a victim of the very same "intuitive understanding" you so happily assign to others.

In my experience (which is likely mirrorred by many here), there are plenty of RE'ers who create their own "mental model" of FE, and conclude that it must be false based on that imagination. That "model" is usually a 1-to-1 replica of the RE universe, except the Earth has been inexplicably flattened and stretched. Of course, it doesn't take much effort to start poking holes in that vision of the world. It's also a vision that exists only in the mind of RE'ers. Your recent flippant comments throughout this forum are great examples of this kind of thinking. You've already decided FE is wrong (and, though you try your gosh darndest not to say it, you've also decided that it's stupid) - even though you basically know nothing about it. You just have your imagination to work with.

Although there are notable exceptions (you're talking about people here), it's usually the case that your average FE'er has a much better understanding of RE than your average RE'er. Again, I encourage you to read some of the nonsense RE'ers say during debates before deciding that "whoa how do mirrors work?!?!!" is a FE quality. Some of my favourite examples of RE confusion include:
  • A somewhat chronic inability to tell the difference between velocity and acceleration. I have no idea why this comes up so often, but it does.
  • Thinking that spirit levels operate due to the difference in gravitational forces applied to each end of the tube.
  • Mixing and matching inertial and non-inertial frames of reference without appropriately adjusting the forces/motion at play.
  • Fundamental misunderstandings of optics, orbital mechanics, and Newton's laws.

Note that I am specifically selecting "nonsense" that doesn't boil down to RE'ers not understanding FE. You'd reject any such example and "politely" make derogatory comments about me. So, I'm focusing on RE'ers not knowing the first thing about their own model.

I’ve gotten plenty of people to become round earthers again through calm logical discussion, and continue to do so.
To be blunt, I doubt that. It sounds like you found a few trolls who eventually gave up on trying to make you angry.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:46:20 PM »
For example, I have yet to see any FE explanations of why everyone in the world sees the same side of the moon that makes any sense to me.
Really? Have you tried the radical approach of asking? This is a pretty basic question, and one that even someone of your sophistication should be able to grasp.

under the flat earth theory the size of the sun would be tiny at sun rise and sun set.
Incorrect. Please do not express unsubstantiated opinions about a subject you haven't bothered to study. Wilful disinformation on your part will not be tolerated.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 04, 2023, 10:11:31 AM »
Yeah no, you're running away at this point. I'm not continuing my conversation with you
Everette, this is not an airport. You do not need  to announce your departure from the conversation. You also don't need to post a complete copy of every post you're replying to.

Please avoid posting large amounts of content which do not contribute to the topic at hand. Some examples would be:
  • Unnecessary and unabridged use of the quote function.
  • "Oh, if X is your argument, don't been bother" (posted with absolutely no other content)
  • Your post above

Please familiarise yourself with the forum rules.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 03, 2023, 07:53:07 AM »
No, my argument is that if NASA were faking it then they would have to do a very good job of catching and fixing their mistakes before they make into their public archive lest they get caught and shut down.
That is not functionally different from my interpretation of your argument. Crucially, nothing you said supports this version either. The core issue remains: you make boisterous claims about the quality of outcome, but your best supporting argument is "teehee they'd probably try, right?"

Substantiate or GTFO.

If that's how you feel, then feel free to not waste your time and just don't engage.
No, markjo. When I suggested we release you from Purgatory, that was conditional on you not returning to your old posting habits in the upper. If you can't behave, you won't post. You've already had your final warning on this issue, so let's call this a polite reminder.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 02, 2023, 10:37:14 PM »
Because even "shockingly incompetent" people often go to great lengths try to avoid getting caught, especially when getting caught can have some pretty significant ramifications.
That is perfectly consistent with what I'm proposing, yes. Could you please not waste our time with obvious statements that don't advance your position? I know it's indefensible, but at least try.

To remind you: your argument is that if NASA were faking it, they necessarily must successfully do so without making mistakes. Whether or not they're trying to avoid mistakes is entirely immaterial.

Are you suggesting that doesn't care about getting caught?
No. I am suggesting nothing more than what I said. If you have nothing to say on that subject, please consider saying nothing.

It seems that NASA must not only be "shockingly incompetent" about letting obvious mistakes get into their archives, but also shockingly apathetic about getting caught.
Markjo, how things "seem" to you is really close to the bottom of just about everyone's priority list. Your feelsie-wheelsies just don't belong in a serious discussion. Either acknowledge that the logic of your claim is poor even by your usual standards, or present an argument to defend it. No more pointless deflections.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 02, 2023, 02:32:15 PM »
But the key question is whether they really are spotting things that are indicators of fakery or a conspiracy.
Obviously, I agree. However, that has nothing to do with my objection to markjo's argument. "If NASA were faking it, they'd be doing it better" just doesn't gel at all. You could make this argument ad infinitum. Every time someone spots a mistake you can just go "well, if it was a rEaL conspiracy, they just wouldn't have made the mistake!" This relies on the assumption that malicious actors are somehow perfect. This assumption is not substantiated, and, in my opinion, defies common sense and every precedent we know of.

This is irrespective of whether NASA are faking it.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 02, 2023, 11:47:17 AM »
I dunno. I mean, the narrative from some is that people like NASA are simultaneously competent enough to fake things to a level which has fooled the world, but are also incompetent enough to make mistakes which "people on the internet" spot. But I guess one could make the argument that most people don't really scrutinise NASA's output.
That would be mighty consistent with most conspiracy theories that have been successfully uncovered, though. "The world" is incompetent - this goes both for conspirators and outside observers. And then there are a few people who are a little more observant, often insufferably pedantic, who do spot things others don't. Does it surprise you that they'd be "on the Internet"?

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: June 02, 2023, 08:25:57 AM »
Perhaps you should be skeptical of why NASA would allow CGI glitching to make it into the archive.  In the "live" video, maybe some CGI glitching might slip through, but it seems that any such mistakes would have been caught and fixed by the time it got to the archive.
This argument always comes across as so desperate. "If they were dishonest, they'd be more perfect about it; therefore, they must be honest." There isn't even an attempt at a logical sequence here.

Markjo, you forget that most people in this world are shockingly incompetent. If mediocrity works for their goals, why do you assume they'd strive for perfection?

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Eurovision
« on: May 25, 2023, 10:16:48 AM »
You're suggesting I was intending to mislead? Really?
Yes, and I explained to you why I think so. You're encouraged to reply.

What was I trying to do
Yes, that is the question I asked you. I'd be very keen to hear your answer.

But sure, I don't know for a fact. So yeah, my bad, I don't actually know one way or another.

It just felt like pointless pedantry. We all agree this doesn't really matter. In general I do think that truth matters, but there's no consequence here.
It was pointless, inconsequential, and unimportant, and therefore you fought back. Even if you don't see why that would be suspicious, you must see why it would come across as strange.

I'm not at all convinced that the notion is "incredibly popular", or even popular at all. It sounds to me like you're mistaking seeing lots of posts on social media expressing that viewpoint for the viewpoint being common.

Please remember that SoMe is extremely unrepresentative of the population, with some voices being artificially amplified or suppressed. This isn't even necessarily intentional - it's just that emotive posting attracts responses, and the recommendation algorithms like engagement.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Eurovision
« on: May 24, 2023, 09:31:44 PM »
I think a better question would be why you are obsessing over this tiny detail when you've just agreed it doesn't matter.
Because that's how the seed of disinformation* is planted, textbook-style. Many of those of us with a sceptical eye will take an issue with you so casually planting disinformation and then insisting "it doesn't matter" when it's highlighted. It rightly arouses suspicion, for the first time ever, around your intentions.

The normal course of action, since you agree the issue is unimportant, would be to say "oh, huh, yeah, my bad, I don't actually know one way or another" and to move on. After all, the issue is unimportant, and you are not invested in it. But you can't do that. You have to fight back, you always do.

Why do you have to fight back, AATW? Where is this drive coming from? Explain your intentions, so I do not have to speculate about them.

* - Since I expect you to abuse terminology here, as you've been known to do so before, I'm providing a reference for the words "disinformation" and "misinformation" in advance - I mean them as described in this article.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 15, 2023, 05:31:29 PM »
why on earth would he appeal? this judgement is a huge win for trump.
Because he could win again - don't forget, the goal is to make us tired of winning.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Eurovision
« on: May 15, 2023, 11:38:48 AM »
Then it's not mansplaining, is it?
It most certainly is. The word "mansplaining" originated as a gender-specific term more than a decade ago, but it has since evolved to represent a general attitude - that of an arrogant person confidently explaining something they have little knowledge about to someone of equal of greater level of expertise than themselves, presenting themselves as superior to the mansplainee. It's still commonly associated to men talking down to someone (n.b., not women), but it's hardly a requirement.

Now, you're gonna go on a truly heart-tugging story about your iNtEnTiOnS, I know; but you simply have to work on how you present yourself. If it talks like a duck, and walks like a duck, etc., etc.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Eurovision
« on: May 15, 2023, 10:38:20 AM »
You can fuck off with that shit. My gender and yours are irrelevant.
Indeed, your mansplaining has extremely little to do with your gender, and extremely much to do with your attitude.

Flat Earth Media / Re: New Photos of Moon suggest Flat Earth?
« on: May 12, 2023, 07:17:15 PM »
There are mainstream narratives I don’t believe, thank you for asking.

Such as?
This is a very interesting question, and it's a shame our resident sceptic didn't find it in himself to answer.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 10, 2023, 07:30:59 PM »
It is perfectly possible that Trump is a despicable person and a serial abuser, and that the American justice system is nonsensical at the same time. Countering Rushy's point of "the system is insane" with "but Trump bad" is not really addressing what he's saying.

AATW - your proposed system has a critical flaw. If we accept that Trump has grossly misconducted himself around women in the past, and that that is sufficient evidence for future accusations, then any woman aged 40 and up should be able to accuse him of rape and get, say, $10-$20k automatically per accusation. After all, he's done bad things before, so why would we doubt every single accusation?

Which, ngl, is kinda based from my radical anti-capitalist perspective, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to propose it publicly as you did. I suspect it would cause any proponent not to be taken very seriously.

Science & Alternative Science / Re: NASA’s Latest Moon Actors
« on: May 08, 2023, 09:17:28 AM »
if they were just making this stuff up, they wouldn't have to wait another 2 or 3 years to actually work out how to build something.
As the resident expert in epistemology, how have you established that they have to wait 2 or 3 years, as opposed to simply deciding to?

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