Flat Earth — Are People Getting Dumber?

Are more people subscribing to the idea that the Earth is flat?

How does flat Earth relate to other conspiracies:

  • 9/11
  • Lizardoid aliens controlling the earth
  • Mandela Effect

Have these all been enabled by the Web?
Are they spread by people trying to refute them?

More and More Americans are Starting to Believe Earth is Flat

In America interest in the flat-Earth movement appears to be growing. In September Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., a rapper also known as B.o.B, launched a crowd-funding campaign to send satellites into orbit to determine the Earth’s shape. On November 9th, 500 “flat-Earthers” assembled in North Carolina for the first annual Flat Earth International Conference. Data from Google Trends show that in the past two years, searches for “flat earth” have more than tripled.

The Flynn Effect is the observation that IQ scores have been going up.

Unfortunately there may be evidence that that trend is not as reliable as it used to be.

So is it wrong to do a show on this subject? Are we just encouraging people to believe stupid things and become dumber?

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