Fairly interesting except it kind Of Seemed Like Same Thing seemed like same thing and over again only the thing over and over again Only the and times seemed to change This was an interesting book about the history of the flat earth idea mainly starting in the early 1800 s up to today It is well written and poses some interesting ideas at the end about why people believe in crazy ideas In the Middle Ages people believed that the earth was flat for which they had at least the evidence of their senses we believe it to be round not because as many as one per cent of us could give the physical reasons for so uaint a belief but because modern science has convinced us that nothing that is obvious is true and that everything that is magical improbable extraordinary gigantic microscopic heartless or outrageous is scientific George Bernard Shaw This is a bit long winded at times and bogs down in retoric but after all how many ways can you sustain a Flat Earth theory What is amazing that against all odds science in particular people can still believe and ustify thier belief It always good to look at both sides of any story how else do we make decisions Excellent guide through the surprisingly complex idea of the flat earthThis is the first book I ve ever read on the Flat Earth idea and it s a winner engrossing so readable coherent and enlightening It s critical in these days of conspiracy mongering and allegations of fake news real and imagined that we see the forest for the trees Otherwise we re doomed I feel so much well informed on the subject as a student of science society Highly recommended Flat Earth The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood 2008 Amazing expose on the history of flat earth
and the complexities involved times you want to find the people it talks about and slap some sense into them at others you The Numbers Game Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics just feel sorry for them Seeing the deliberate ignorance people impose on themselves is both amusing and terribly frightening This book is like Kaitlyn Jenner writing The History of Being a Straight Hetero Man Christine Garwood still believes herself to be living on a tilting wobbling spinning space ball careening through an infinite vacuum but decided to attempt writing a book about the history of our Flat Earth The book does not take an objective tone or angle and it is assumed from beginning to end that the readerust like the author 100% believes the doctrine of heliocentrism and it is never uestioned anywhere throughout The only redeeming uality of the book for someone like myself who knows for a fact the Earth is level and stationary is some of the minutia regarding the Bedford Level experiments and other historical tidbits Contrary to popular belief fostered in countless school classrooms the world over Christopher Columbus did not discover that the earth was round The idea of a spherical world had been widely accepted in educated circles from as early as the fourth century bc Yet bizarrely it was not until the supposedly rational nineteenth century that the notion of a flat earth really took hold Even bizarrely it persists to this day despite Apollo missions and widely publicized pictures of the decidedly.
Belief And The Complexities Involved
SUMMARY ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Christine GarwoodTure Because you own a globe What Evidence Could You Throw Up Right Now could you throw up right now prove the globularity of the ground you stand onLooking through some of the other reviews it seems like people focus on the proponents of the Flat Earth model with pity and scorn At times you want to find the people it talks about and slap some sense into them at others you ust Feel Sorry For Them Seeing The Deliberate Ignorance People Impose sorry for them Seeing the deliberate ignorance people impose themselves is both amusing and terribly frightening Or It is finishes with an assessment of this belief across the years comparing with initially entwined Creationist movement but remarking that a Flat Earth is simply too easy to disprove and therefore has been abandoned by almost the staunchest of Christian fundamentalistsBut this book is really about so much and the epilogue demonstrates that It s not about proving the Earth is round It s about knowledge and what you believe in It s about the development of a society that has shifted their faith from priests to physicists and accepts what is told them Likely this book serves as a litmus test If you re scientificly minded you focus on the proponents of Flat Earth theory and marvel at how obtuse they are If you re philosophically minded you revel in the tale of Leo Ferrari and the uestion of how we accept things as facts Presumably if you re flat earth minded you thought the book was great unless it was too criticalI do not think however that this book was very well written It was obnoxiously repetitive and unbearably dull Sometimes definitions for the same concepts were given in each chapter in case one presumes that the reader was too bored reading one chapter and skipped to the next In an effort to be comprehensive it over covers the issues Reading through the first half is a never ending cycle of pamphlet printing and responding to criticism Over and over again the reader is treated to the same actions with minor changes If I could do anything with this book I d give it to Bill Bryson and have him rewrite it It would be a tenth of the length and ten times interesting and humorous It kills me to see the humor hiding beneath the surface of this book so close to coming out but buried under the dull academic styleIn short this book was somewhat interesting but really not interesting enough to pick up for funuibbles I assume this topic was not limited to the Anglo world What about Flat Earth belief in other parts of the world This book glosses over them completely Also the author very rarely mentions how much influence the Flat Earth societies especially the early ones had in terms of members It felt like there were three people in all England for 50 year. The modern age Ranging from ancient Greece through Victorian England to modern day America this is a story that encompasses religion science and pseudoscience as well as a spectacular array of people and places Where else could eccentric aristocrats fundamentalist preachers and conspiracy theorists appear alongside Copernicus Newton and NASA except in an account of such a legendary misconceptionThoroughly enjoyable and illuminating Flat Earth is social and intellectual history at its bes. Ifficult to find mention of anywhere in published media If you re looking for a truly good book about the history of Flat Earth try Gerrard Hickson s Kings Dethroned Or better yet my new book Flatlantis covers the entire true history of our Flat Earth and subseuent adoption and recent destruction of the heliocentric globe model So here s the first book conforming to my 2015 no books by white men resolution Flat Earth by Christine Garwood It examines fairly recent beliefs in an actual flat Earth It s an amusing read in places but drags most of the timeIt starts out with a couple chapters explaining why we as a culture thought folks back in Columbus time even thought that the world was flat Actually I didn t think they thought that nor I suspect do many people today Turns out it was evil secularists trying to drive a wedge between religion and science No really that s what the first couple chapters are about It s awkward as if she has an axe to grind but ust a wee axe not deserving of a longer treatmentThen we get into some fairly modern day believers and their activities The characters are at times colorful Often they re La sociedad literaria y del pastel de piel de patata Guernsey (Narrativa) (Spanish Edition) just misguided fools spewing the same bad arguments over and over They re often lauded at the time for their debate skills despite their lack of good arguments Obviously there are parallels with creationists today These parallels are mentioned but not really analyzed in any wayEventually the book works its way through several people It ends with a summary that criticizes secularists a bit while somewhat lauding the Flat Earth people for no apparent reason There s a mention of the parallels to creationism again but no analysis againAnd therein lies the problem with the book Itust doesn t know what
wants to be Reconciling science and religion is a uicy topic but isn t treated in here nor even handedly Parallels with creationism are ripe with possibilities but the in depth here nor even handedly Parallels with creationism are ripe with possibilities but the never examines these other than to merely mention them They re no evolution of Flat Earth theories PaddedKINK 1 just the same ones offered over and overAll that leaves is a book about wacky people who believe wacky things Frankly that could be enough given sufficient wackiness These folks lack that level of wackiness They re not boring mind you Well some are simply boring people They reust not interesting enough to carry the book by themselvesOverall it s not a bad read but nor is it really a good read It was good enough that I read it all the way through yet I would be lying if I claimed I wasn t looking forward to the end The Second Most Powerful Man in the World just a bit I want to give it two and a half stars How do you know the Earth is round No really Because you saw a pic. Spherical Earth from space Based on a range of original sources Garwood’s history of flat Earth beliefs from the Babylonians to the present day raises issues central to the history and philosophy of science its relationship to religion and the making of human knowledge about the natural world Flat Earth is the first definitive study of one of history’s most notorious and persistent ideas and it evokes all the intellectual philosophical and spiritual turmoil of.it wants to be Reconciling science and religion is a uicy topic but isn t treated in