Flat Earth Rising?

Flat Earth Rising?

Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
June 9, 2019

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame CA 94010

When Charles K. Johnson, the president of the International Flat Earth Research Society, died in 2001, he seemed at the time to be the last apostle of his unusual creed. Eighteen years on, however, the flat earth is alive and well, especially on line. In his talk, Glenn Branch will sketch the history of the flat-earth movement, from its source in the ancient Near East through its coalescence in Victorian Britain to its modern rebirth on the Internet. Highlights include the identification of the author of the 1819 pamphlet that inspired the founder of the flat-earth movement and a critical discussion of a 2018 public opinion poll on the shape of the earth.

A tallk for SkeptiCal, the Northern California conference on science and skepticism, a day-long event with speakers and discussions on critical thinking.

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