Here are some ideas that I found helpful when talking to people about the flat earth for the first time.
It’s very important to approach people in the right way with the flat earth news, if you don’t, they will cut you off, they will also think you are a “nutter” and might try to avoid you in the future. If you start off by saying something like, “Do you know the earth is flat,” this is a BIG NO NO.
The very first thing you want to do is to make sure the person you are talking to has about 1 hour of free time. If you finish earlier, that is fine but one hour is a good start. If you can only talk for about 10 minutes, you won’t have the time to convince them or even have them question their current beliefs. By not having the time to explain, they will think you are a nut and won’t want to hear the subject again.
If found out from personal experience that the best way to start off talking about the flat earth is by asking interesting questions and by making statements. Here are some suggestions, you may think of others but with the examples below, you’ll know the direction to take.
Some examples statements and questions are:
We all know that water seeks its own level; that water can’t remain on the side of a hill or remain on any surface that is not flat.
We know that 150mph winds can destroy buildings. Imagine what 1,000mph wind can do.
We can see the same stars, the same constellations each night. In fact, the same stars have been seen for thousands of years. But no one can explain how these stars can follow the earth and keep the same relationship to each other AND to earth while the earth is traveling around the Sun.
How come we can’t feel we are upside down when we are in Australia, for example?
How can our atmosphere remain on the surface of the earth when we are traveling 67,000mph around the Sun without it being blow away? How can we not feel this tremendous movement? How is it that we can go outside and not feel any wind blowing? Scientists really don’t have answers for this.
If the earth is spinning at 1,000mph – as we are told by astronomers and NASA – how can a plane land? If a plane is traveling in the same direction of the earth spin, how can they catch up to the runway to land or even make it to their destination for that matter?
Why does the horizon always meet up at eye level (whether we are on a mountain 5,000 feet or 10,000 feet or flying at 35,000 feet)? Scientists say that when on a globe the horizon drops off – it’s a law of physics.
These questions should stir interest in your friend. If it doesn’t, they might not have any interest in the world around them; they might just like their football and beer. In that case, you can leave them just where they are. If they show interest, then continue.
The point of asking questions and giving statements like this should stir curiosity in the people. Curiosity is one of the strongest emotions to motivate people. With motivation, you should be able to start answering these questions.
Peppering Your Statements
It’s good to “pepper” your statements with: as we are told by astronomers and NASA, as this is using their words. You can also add: scientists, astrophysicists, etc. Since the average person respects these people and they are used to follow authority, you have a bases to start from. Putting these words in your introduction AND by talking in “the third person singular” the person you are talking to will not be “poo-pooing” you. After all, you are repeating what scientists have told us – which your friend might already believe and has respect for.
Answering Your Questions
Now is the time to answer your questions. Keep your talk going, don’t allow them to butt in, at least not at this time. Answer their questions during the Q&A.
When you are talking about the flat earth, bring up the questions that most people will have AND answer them. This will strike doubt from their minds before they have time to ask the question themselves or before they make a statement themselves. Of course, answer their question after your little talk. The point is, you don’t want people to go off on a tangent, down a rabbit trail or they won’t learn anything and neither will others there.
Tell your audience, “Don’t believe me but do your own research.”
After the talk you can hand them a business card that has some links on it for their further research.
I hope this helps.