How not to win an argument.

I know that dealing with ignorant people who cling to long disproven ideas can be frustrating — this blog is full of examples of such tribulations — but this is not the proper way to win an argument over whether or not the Earth is flat:

Police, firefighters called in after flat Earth debate turns heated – Ottawa – CBC News.

Police said a 56-year-old Brockville man was at a campsite with his son and his son’s girlfriend when the woman began insisting that the Earth is flat.

The older man insisted the Earth is round.

It’s not clear if anyone at the campfire put forth the argument that the Earth’s equatorial bulge makes it not perfectly round, but instead a shape known as an oblate spheroid.

Nevertheless, police said the man became so enraged he began throwing objects into the campfire, including a propane cylinder.

While I can appreciate how an exploding propane filter could act as an exclamation point to your well-reasoned debate, it’s still a stupidly dangerous thing to do and calls into question your own intelligence in spite of the fact that you’re technically correct about the generally spheroid shape of the planet. In short, don’t do that.

Also, I thought Canadians were supposed to be polite to a fault? Talk about shattering a stereotype in the worst possible way.

Sherri Shephard of “The View” doesn’t know if the world if flat or not.

I’m not a big fan of The View and haven’t been ever since former host Star Jones publicly derided atheists and said she’d never vote for one. So it shouldn’t be any surprise to me to find out that yet another host of the show is an idiot. This time it’s Sherri Shephard who starts off her idiocy by saying she doesn’t believe in the Theory of Evolution. Then when newly added host Whoopi Goldberg challenges her on it by asking if the world is flat Shephard confirms her status as a moron by saying she doesn’t know and tries to use the excuse that she’s too busy being a mother to worry about it…

It also shouldn’t come as any surprise to find out that Shephard is a conservative. Now that I think on it, does anyone know of any liberals who are dumb enough to argue that Evolution isn’t real?

Link via The Daily Background.