YouGov Poll: 34% of Millennials Question if "World is Round"

in The City of Neoxian2 years ago (edited)

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Millennials Question Assumptions

We all work with certain assumptions, reinforced by media. Some assumptions are so reinforced that it's absurd to even question it. When it comes to the generation born in the '50s and '60s (baby boomers), raised on network television, there are some assumptions that are so fixed, they mock or become angry if they are questioned.

Baby Boomers

The baby boomers grew up in an age where fantasy and reality merged. What was once a Disney cartoon became reality in a single generation.

Man left this earth and floated around in space. Then man drove around on a buggy and played golf on the moon. Yes, golf. On the moon.

The Millennial says "Ok, Boomer."

"OK Boomer" is a catchphrase and internet meme that gained popularity among younger cohorts from 2019, used to dismiss or mock attitudes stereotypically attributed to the baby boomer generation. Source

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The next generations are looking at the world differently. In the age of #fakenews, all information is scrutinized and not taken for granted. Where as the Baby Boomers are trusting of Scientific authorities, Millennials are skeptical. Millennials say "Sometimes, the men in white lab coats lie to us."

The Boomers say "Ok, Heretic"

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Space Patriotism

The scientific community is undergoing a massive "correction" for young science believers. An unnerving trend is showing up demonstrating that the unwaivering faith and space patriotism of the '60, (that was rekindled in the '80s and '90s) is not aging well.

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Gonna Have To Do Better Than That

The newest generation needs more than SpaceX or the ISS to inspire them. They need something bigger. Maybe a Trek-like "Space Force" or Mars Mission. Something. Millennials say "Come on man, It's been almost 60 years now, we should have colonies on Pluto by now!"

The Millennial are becoming Scientism agnostics. They are questioning their parent's assumptions.

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34% of Millennials Are Not Sure the Earth is a Globe did a survey of 8215 adults of varying ages and published their results. In the 18 - 24 Year old range:

4% believe the "world is flat"
30% are not sure or have doubts either way
66% believe the "world is round"

These are the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, politicians. This is a sampling of what the zeitgeist of the age to come will look like. One more generation and 34% Globe questioning will likely tip to over to 50% or more.

The men in the white lab coats should be worried.

What Do You Think?

I'd like to hear from you. Why do you think 4% of Millennials are flat-earthers? Are we going to see science-book burning in the next 50 years? What do you think the next 50 years of scientific understanding will look like? Will we enter into an age of enlightenment or a new dark age? Why do we believe what we believe?

I'd like to hear your opinions and thoughts.

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I'm rather confused by the flat-earth thing as well. Although I'm not sure its correct to attribute this to millenials, ages 18-24 are generation Z or "Zoomers" as they have been called.

Millenials are ages 25-39 or so, and I believe the vast majority of them are round-earthers.

All the same, like this flat earth event or not, questioning scientists and holding news agencies under tough scrutiny is a very good thing. Maybe there is no harm in the older generation needing to defend seemingly obvious or fundamental topics. Why not keep asking why the sky is blue or the earth is round?

Sometimes, when we are forced to defend points we've taken for granted it makes us look at a subject again and learn something new. How can this flat earth issue be resolved? I would say with a calm, polite and reasoning response.

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Personally, I cannot Fathom how anyone can doubt the PLETHORA of scientific evidence showing the roundness or our planet.
How people go to such GREAT extents to explain how they can get on an aircraft and fly AROUND the Earth yet still claim that it is flat.
Millenial or not, your brains are still active, and even though there is (as far as I know) ONE passage in the bible that refers to the Earth as a disk (which of course the millennials would discount out of hand as superstition)...
Well that is enough. I just don't get it.
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