Should modern astronomy books in schools mention flat-earth theory?
- PhotonXLv 711 months agoFavorite Answer
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.
- 11 months ago
It's not a theory, so no...
- PhillipLv 511 months ago
Only in terms of how gullible people can be.
- 11 months ago
No, I don't even know why this is even a thing anymore.
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- Ronald 7Lv 711 months ago
Back in my day they did
Along with preparation for Nuclear War
- daniel gLv 711 months ago
School and science books are intended to teach facts. Flat earth belongs in mythology books, not one of the sciences.
- JoeLv 711 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.
- JohnLv 711 months ago
Fantasy is not part of astronomy.
- nineteenthlyLv 711 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.
- geezerLv 711 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.
- hoarsemanLv 711 months ago
In an historical ( even possibly , hysterical) context.