Some are somewhat intelligent and fall for it due to mental problems, paranoia, schizophrenia, etc...
Others are just terminally stupid and were not able to see through the MANY problems and at some point thought some Youtuber sounded smart, at least relative to them, and took that as confirmaton.
Finally the rest of them are trolling for fun. Why? Making a fake account on the internet and inciting hilarious responses can be very entertaining.
So really yes, insane, stupid, or bored would describe entirely all of them.
Yes, true believers in the flat earth theory are certifiable. To ignore empirical evidence the earth is a sphere and to subscribe to a physically impossible theory is the definition of insane. One would only need a boat, a large body of water, a tall land based object, and a clear day to test the concept of a curved earth. Watch as your tall object slowly drops below the visible horizon... No NASA needed.
Furthermore, I've chatted with a few true believers, they are definitely "out there" to a man they deny manned space flight, (dispute the fact the ISS Is visible to anyone with a decent telescope and an idea of its orbital inclination and period) they deny the existence of satellites, etc. all of them seem to adhere to a strict, literal interpretation of the Christian bible. They label you a "shill" when you point out the gaping holes in their logic...
One by one the myths of the bible have been debunked by sane and rational scientific arguments. Yet these die-hards are holding on for dear life to "prove" that the bible is TRUE!
I have two friends who have recently embraced this theory. I'm astonished as both of these people are otherwise intelligent, educated folks. (And also hard-core conspiracy theorists. They don't know each other. I should introduce them!)
One of them shared with me that she really liked the idea because the bible says that "Heaven is gods throne, and earth is his footstool." Therefore, since the world is really flat, then god sees her better and that makes her feel more special.
The other stated that he likes that the world is flat, held up by 4 huge pillars and encased in a bubble like firmament because it's stable and soothing. He doesn't like the idea that the earth is spinning fast on it's axis. So they both have chosen to believe a totally irrational theory based on what they like.
When I asked them some simple questions----"So why is it that people living in the southern hemisphere see different stars at night than those of us living in the northern half" and "why do hurricanes spin in opposite directions in the different spheres?" Both of them refused to ponder that even for a second, and simply dismissed my questions as irrelevant.
I love my friends even if they have become whacked out. Is it really that much more pleasant to live in outlandish and even evil theories than to enjoy life on our marvelous planet earth?
These people need their heads examined. They are out they daggone minds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Any evidence presented that contradicts their position is either not acknowledged, or dismissed as fake.
On top of that when presented with counterarguments to their "evidence", they use similar tactics. They'll repeatedly deny your arguments without giving a reason and say that you are wrong.
Also, not only is their theory crazy, but it isn't just one theory. There are multiple ideas about how things work when it comes to flat earthers.
Members of the flat earth society, who currently believe that the earth is a flat disc centered around the North pole and bounded on its southern edge by Antarctica. Members of the flat earth society believe in this out dated theory of the earth despite all of the physical evidence from Nasa which includes manned missions into space and on the Moon, which clearly show that the earth is a sphere, however members of the flat earth society believe that the Moon landing was a hoax and therefore can be deemed as being crazy.
The Earth has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt to be round. Math proved in millenia ago. We have picture of earth from space that prove it. The Earth wouldn't make sense if it wasn't round. Anyone who disagrees is either bananas or is just trying to get a rise out of other people. Flat Earth believers are undeniably nuts.
While I'm not one to easily dismiss anyone as "crazy" for their beliefs, I feel the Flat Earth Society approach being "crazy." Unlike evolution, which is suggested from fossilized remains, hinges upon carbon-dating, and requires one to believe in a theory, the shape of the earth is determined through looking at any number of photographs taken both from space and on earth. It's no longer a theory, in my opinion. It's not a concept like evolution, it's a photographed and measured reality. It's like taking a picture of an apple and saying the apple is flat. To do so would require a separation from reality. Thus, technically speaking, I'd say they are separated from reality, though that's merely my polite definition of "crazy."
While many theories out there at least have some semblance of a stance, the Flat Earth Society is just beyond ridiculous. We can prove with absolution that the world is round in a number of ways. By denying this evidence, you just prove that you deny science in its entirety. This is actually fine. Why even argue with someone of this level of blind ignorance? Maybe this is why they actually have members. No one bothers to show them any of the evidence because they are sure that the believer will discount any such evidence as witchcraft, and they may just get attacked by a mob with torches and pitchforks.
With all of the knowledge and advances in technology, it seems ridiculous that in this day and age, anyone could truly believe that the Earth is flat. Once, it was thought that the Earth was flat, but just like many other things that were once believed to be true, Flat Earth theory has been definitively proven false. To ignore that proof, and continue to believe the theory, seems to be the work of unstable minds.
I have some friends who have suddenly become ardent Flat-Earthers - one of them gets really angry if you don't appear somewhat supportive or accepting. I just keep saying that they are entitled to their opinion but i can't stay in their company very long because i get a headache from the videos they keep watching.
I am absolutely convinced that anyone with access to a computer cannot genuinely believe that the Earth is flat. For the sake of my OWN sanity, I choose to believe that all Flat Earthers are very dedicated trolls. I can accept one or two crazy old hermits; an entire society of them is too much for me to believe.
Evidence that the earth is older then 6000-1200 years old is just as strong as the evidence for a round earth (Not to mention the overwhelming evidence for evolution). If you consider young earth creationists sane then the members of the Flat Earth Society are just as sane if not more.
I recently starting looking up theirys and such about FE and some of those things they talk about DO raise and eyebrow like nasa using bkue screens (no reason for them to) no visable curvature to thr naked eye and yeh u do lose sight and if u pull out some sight enhancer things do com back but for how long im sure they WILL lose sight? Idk the whole thing about not being able to go to antartica and all the nations agree on something is fishy indeed.. But. EITHER THE EARTH IS ROUND AND THERE IS ALIENS OR ITS FLAT AND WE'RE FKD CUZ THATD BE A MIND FCk. And both of those scenarios are cool af anf scary right? I just like fantasy and this stuff REALLY does sound like fantasy lol both sides.. Anyways nah let then have there fun or beliefs is it hurting you?
I don't think these people are crazy. We have all watched the different videos online that are posted by different "truther" organizations. Some people will sit, think, and call hog wash. Other people will say, "Hey, I don't trust the government, therefore this could be true." They will then continue to watch and seek out information until they have convinced themselves they have found the absolute truth. That doesn't mean they are crazy.