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    Re: The flat earth notion
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2003 Nov 5, 05:22 +1100

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Walter Guinon" 
    Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 3:38 AM
    Subject: Re: The flat earth notion
    > While we laugh at the dimensional chauvinists of yester year who believed
    > Earth was flat, how many of us are comfortable with our three dimensional
    > being curved and distorted rather than flat?
    I think this is a good point. We assume everyone else is like us, with the
    benefit of a Western education, but really we are an elite minority. And
    should not feel superior, my guess is that most of us would struggle to
    comprehend the new worlds opened up by Einstein and others, just as people
    who imagine the world is flat because it is so self evident would struggle
    (and did) to comprehend the new worlds opened up by Galileo and others. Its
    not a question of intelligence, 'primitive' people are just as clever, and
    demonstrate this with 'intuitive' skills so well developed that they seem
    like magic to us.
    "The universe is not only stranger than you think, its stranger than you can
    imagine" (or words to that effect).

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