One of things I find most fascinating is when people believe things for really bad reasons. I find homeopathy pretty bad. If you read up on it you’ll find that there isn’t one single part of it that makes sense. But there’s worse:
Shenton turns out to have resolutely mainstream views on most issues. The 33-year-old American, originally from Virginia but now living and working in London, is happy with the work of Charles Darwin. He thinks the evidence for man-made global warming is strong, and he dismisses suggestions that his own government was involved with the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Cool. This guy seems to have his head screwed on right. Evolution? Check. Global warming? Check. I wish it ended there:
…when Shenton rides his motorbike, he says it is not gravity that pins him to the road, but the rapid upward motion of a disc-shaped planet. Countries, according to him, spread across this flat world as they appear to do on a map, with Antarctica as a ring of mountains strung around the edge. And, yes, you can fall off.
Meet David Shenton, President of the Flat Earth Society. I didn’t even think this society existed anymore but David Adam covers this guy’s story on The Guardian’s website. Check it out. It’s worth it.