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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > Nov/Dec 2018 > The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test

The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test

When Skeptics Meet Deniers

Back in the 1970s when organized science-based skepticism was just getting on its feet, someone such as The Amazing Randi Nickell could just investigate and solve mysteries such as spoon bending, Bigfoot, crop circles, or the Roswell crash and share the information in Skeptical Inquirer magazine or with Johnny Carson. With a little care and attention, most wacky claims were debunked and the conclusions disseminated.

Today, skeptics fight not only false assertions and misinterpretation of facts but also a fundamental distrust of science and a deep-seated paranoia about reputable institutions lying to the entire culture. As formidable as these issues are alone, they become exponentially worse because the spreaders of all this bad information have at their fingertips massive reach. Such is the case with flat earthers.

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