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At what age did you realize the Earth wasn't flat?

What about gravity? When did you realize that it actually wasn't electromagnetism?

DZhukovin 7 July 20

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I guess I never questioned it. I saw images of the Earth from space in my textbooks as a kid and learned physics and history as I grew older.


I remember seeing a map that had Canada and Mexico all of a sudden. I disappointedly looked at my mom asking why she would keep such information from me. I had only seen a map of the lower 48 up to that point, so I had no idea there was more and that we were on a round planet. I don't recall what I thought when I was exposed to the rest of the world. When presented with everything about the shape of the world, I didn't doubt it.

dokala Level 7 July 20, 2018

don't remember always seen movies and shows with globes or space men looking at the world.


Age 4 I guess. What person from this century thinks the world is flat? I thought the world being round is common knowledge, today.


Great question but I have no idea. We had a set of Encyclopedia Britanica and if I asked a question like that I was often told to look it up. Since I learned to read at an early age I was able to learn a lot from it. It also had fun articles especially for children which helped.

My mother and grandparents probably told me at an early age that the earth was round if I mentioned it being flat. Since they were my authorities on everything I would have taken their word for it. They did not lie to me.

Besides I was a Superman fan and he flew around the earth so of course it was round.


I never realized the earth wasn't flat. To have a realization like that I would have had to have believed it was flat at some point, I never believed it was and am still amazed at the stupidity of the people who do.

The shape of the earth and the basics of gravity were a standard part of the science curriculum in the public elementary school I attended. Also, we had a globe in my home for most of my childhood.

Your question seems to be making several assumptions. Did you ever believe the earth was flat or that gravity was electromagnetism?

icolan Level 7 July 21, 2018

I grew up in West Virginia. The word flat only applied to tires. 😛


I've known it wasn't flat for as long as I can remember.

Coffeo Level 7 July 21, 2018

We had a globe it never came up.

As much flat-earthers can be both funny and frustrating, it is a reminder of a larger, dangerous phenomenon, the my opinions as good as yours school of thought. Expertise matters, and embracing ignorance is not cool. I think of it thusly:

Yes, you are entitled to your opinion. However, your opinion is not entitled to be shared, when based on ignorance or intolerance and it is not equivalent to opinion from an expert.

If you don't think it matters, 62M people voted for Trump.


Your question should be quoted the other way around. "When did I realise that there were people in this day and age who 'believe ' the earth is flat"
I guess it was when I first started watching Utube videos.


Never. Science was really a big deal in school in the 60s.
My father was a science guy. We watched all kinds of TV programs.

So, i never had an opposite view to let go. Same with religion.

Jacar Level 8 July 20, 2018

I never thought the earth was flat. My dad was a high school biology/chemistry/anatomy teacher so I was taught the scientific explanations for everything growing up.

One of my parents is an immature mental defective of inadequate education who worked as a hairdresser, so all I heard was gibberish and neanderthal speech from her. She is a highly aggressive, talkative, time-consuming, emotional, opinionated, anti-intellectual, loud person who is a master at making people upset through her highly antisocial behavior. Her favorite hobbies are television and chores. She doesn't read, discuss, etc. nothing intellectual and she insists that other people be like her.

My dad is a cool guy, but he gets saucy and tries to micromanage with critiques about my manners.

@DZhukovin wow. That my parents each have their own distinct flavors of crazy and emotionally troubled, but holy hell. There are few things so dangerous and toxic for a child as a belligerently manipulative anti-intellectual parent. My sympathies that can't have been pleasant.


I never remember believing the earth was flat. As for gravity I have to assume it was the first time I fell down learning to walk. ?

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