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The Persistence of Belief in a Flat Earth « Roger Launius's Blog
"A fascinating issues to be considered when thinking about such things as belief in a flat Earth, it seems to me, revolves around issues of scientific versus other types of authority. A hallmark of the scientific revolution was the privileging of scientific knowledge over other types—political, religious, economic, social, or cultural. Deference to this authority reached a zenith in the middle twentieth century, as it embedded intrinsically into the philosophy of Progressivism at the turn of the century emphasizing professionalism and scientific and technological expertise over politics in the solving of national problems."
science  authority  flat-earth  mythology  myth  expertise  20c  power 
february 2011 by tsuomela

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