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"Aristotle accepted the spherical shape of the Earth on empirical grounds around 330 BC, and knowledge of the spherical Earth gradually began to spread beyond the Hellenistic world from then on. In modern times, belief in a flat Earth has been expressed by isolated individuals and groups; this new featured picture is a flat-Earth map drawn by Orlando Ferguson, not much more than a century ago. One of only two copies, it is held in the Library of Congress."
aristotle  rare-maps  maps  flat-Earth  1893 
august 2011 by jschneider
The Persistence of Belief in a Flat Earth « Roger Launius's Blog
"A fascinating issues to be considered when thinking about such things as belief in a flat Earth, it seems to me, revolves around issues of scientific versus other types of authority. A hallmark of the scientific revolution was the privileging of scientific knowledge over other types—political, religious, economic, social, or cultural. Deference to this authority reached a zenith in the middle twentieth century, as it embedded intrinsically into the philosophy of Progressivism at the turn of the century emphasizing professionalism and scientific and technological expertise over politics in the solving of national problems."
science  authority  flat-earth  mythology  myth  expertise  20c  power 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Asimov - The Relativity of Wrong
Isaac Asimov describes how there are different degrees of "wrongness" and how science progresses towards "less wrong".
science  earth  flat-earth  sphere  oblate-spheroid  Isaac-Asimov  wrongness  less-wrong  knowledge  essay  history 
april 2009 by chris_johnsen

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