Apparently today is some kind of international day to blog about this. Ok. Here are my comments.
Lemme start with a quote from Is American Falling Off the Flat Earth? by Norman R. Augustine, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
... a 2004 National Science Board survey revealed that almost 30% of America’s adults do not know that Earth revolves around the sun, 22% do not know that the center of Earth is very hot, and over half do not know that electrons are smaller than atoms. Only half the population is aware that dinosaurs and humans never coexisted... And, according to a NASA survey, fully 15% of America’s adults do not believe that humans have gone to the moon.
Well, isn't that interesting? I've also heard that there's a poll showing that 18% of Americans believe in a flat earth but after a brief search I can't find that poll online to determine its existence or accuracy. Last I heard, Dick Cheney's popularity numbers were hovering around 18% so this number sounds intuitively accurate for the portion of the population which believes in utterly idiotic stuff.
So, for me, given that 30% of the population doesn't know that the earth revolves around the sun and 50% the population thinks that dinosaurs and humans coexisted, how can there be a sensible debate about this issue? "People" (a LARGE percentage of 'em, anyway) are just too stupid - willfully ignorant - to have a useful discussion with, much less a meaningful debate against.
The science is there. Read it. If you can't or don't want to, then just shut the fuck up. Sit in your corner and believe whatever you want but when reality slaps you upside the head... Well, knowing you, when reality slaps you upside the head, you'll blame reality instead of your foolish belief system.
On the flat earth, maybe global climate change isn't a factor. Here in the real world, it is.