Why does flat Earth belief still exist?

Reality vs. belief about the shape of the Earth.
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There’s no shortage of strange beliefs out there, and not all of
them involve having a firm grip on reality. But it’s truly bizarre
to see one from the latter camp have a sudden surge in popularity
and attention millenia after we knew it was wrong. But when it
comes to the idea that the Earth is flat, centuries of accumulating
evidence don’t make much of a difference—its adherents have
centuries of history of ignoring it, along with at least one
not-nearly-as-famous-as-it-should-be instance of threatening a
prominent scientist along the way.

That was Alfred Russell Wallace, one of the two co-developers of
the theory of evolution.

This is our first try of a new video format where we look at
controversies that, well, really shouldn’t be controversial. While
we may get back to Wallace and his theory, for the most part we’re
going to focus on cases where the motivation for the controversy is
a bit less obvious. What drives people to believe in ideas that are
blatantly, obviously divorced from reality? Or to reject ones that
have a solid foundation of evidence?

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Why does flat Earth belief still exist?