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The Earth is flat? What planet is he on?
Yes, that Flat Earth Society, a group that has become a living metaphor for backward thinking and a refusal to face scientific facts. The Flat Earth Society was originally formed as the Universal Zetetic Society in 1884, after the Greek word zeteo, "to seek". In an age where ­astronauts send photographs of a spherical planet from an orbiting space station, how can the concept of a flat Earth persist? Shenton himself used to accept that the Earth was round, but began ­asking questions after hearing musician Thomas Dolby's 1984 album The Flat Earth. "It was the late 1990s and I started doing research into what the Flat Earth Society was.
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