Flat Earthers


Flat Earthers, according to discussions on the Lex Fridman Podcast, often believe in various other conspiracy theories alongside their belief in a flat Earth. This includes conspiracy theories around the moon landing being fake and the 9/11 attacks being a con job. These beliefs are especially intriguing as they demonstrate a spectrum of skepticism, where on one end, individuals are gullible and on the other, they are excessively paranoid 1.

Michael Stevens, in another episode, explored the fascinating aspect of belief and how the Flat Earth theory serves as a platform to question and understand the nature of scientific knowledge and belief systems. He discussed the motivations behind why some people are attracted to such beliefs 2.

Skepticism Spectrum

Tim and Lex discuss the skepticism spectrum and how it relates to conspiracy theories. They use flat Earthers as an extreme example of people who believe in all conspiracies and lack skepticism. Tim explains how biases can move people towards the gullible or paranoid side of the spectrum and emphasizes the importance of finding a healthy middle ground.

Lex Fridman Podcast

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