Should modern astronomy books in schools mention flat-earth theory?

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  • 6 months ago
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    It's no theory in any other than the colloquial use of the word--it's certainly not a scientific theory. Should it be mentioned? I suppose, briefly, in the same sense that they discuss geocentrism as a thoroughly-debunked piece of folk superstition.

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    • D g
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      6 months agoReport

      its in the ASTRONOMY FOR RETARDS... thats the cousin of Astronomy for Dummies

  • 6 months ago

    It's not a theory, so no...

  • 6 months ago

    Only in terms of how gullible people can be.

  • 6 months ago

    No, I don't even know why this is even a thing anymore.

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  • 6 months ago

    Back in my day they did

    Along with preparation for Nuclear War

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  • 6 months ago

    School and science books are intended to teach facts. Flat earth belongs in mythology books, not one of the sciences.

  • Joe
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Only derisively - same for astrology.

    In science, there's no such thing as "flat earth theory". It's barely a credible hypothesis. A couple of hours with inexpensive conventional surveying equipment is enough to conduct a falsifying experiment.

  • John
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Fantasy is not part of astronomy.

  • 6 months ago

    I don't think there's ever really been a theory. It's more an hypothesis. I think it should be mentioned in social studies texts, like creationism, perhaps as an illustration of how misconceptions spread and are adopted.

  • geezer
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    6 months ago

    It would depend on how far into the past the book wanted to go.

    A ''that was then'' and ''this is now'' kind of thing.

  • 6 months ago

    In an historical ( even possibly , hysterical) context.

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