Flat Earth Lunar Eclipse T-Shirt
Flat Earth Lunar Eclipse T-Shirt

Flat Earth Lunar Eclipse T-Shirt

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Explanation: This is what a partial lunar eclipse would look like if the Earth was flat. This joke pokes fun at the Flat Earth movement which has gained a lot of attention in the last decade.

Flat Earthers believe that because their senses seem to suggest that the Earth is flat, it must be flat, and when they are confronted with scientific evidence that contradicts their beliefs, they often use an argument based in epistemic contextualism. Epistemic contextualism is when we treat what we know as context-sensitive. In this case, Flat Earthers say that we don’t technically know (as individuals) that the Earth is round, which is true (for most of us), and when we admit that there is some uncertainty and that, as far as we know, it is possible for the Earth to be flat, they are no longer “wrong.” 

One of the core beliefs of Flat Earthers is that NASA and other space agencies are trying to convince everyone in the world that the Earth is round. They claim that all of the images of the Earth have been modified to appear round, that astronauts never actually go into space, and that the moon landing and all other space programs and initiatives have been faked. This joke shows how ridiculous the idea is by depicting what a partial lunar eclipse would look like if the Earth was flat while blaming NASA for hiding it from the world.

Win the argument: Don’t expect to be able to change the mind of a staunch believer in the flat earth. That being said, one way to “win” an argument against them is to switch the context of the discussion and apply it to everyday life. So if they claim that you don’t technically know that the Earth is round, you just say “you’re right, but I know that it’s round the same way you know that [insert something that they know exists but have never seen here] exists” (the country of Yemen exists, for example).