wow. you know, most people will listen to what is told to them on tv simply because it is on tv. they were raised to believe that that would be a reliable source. intelligent people will take their colleagues' findings without a doubt as long as it correlates with their own, which means that some dumbass can look through his telescope, see the end of the earth, and everyone will believe him, because there's obviously nothing over there. mob mentality is the base of instinct. ever wonder what separates us from bacteria? we, humans, are basically big old piles of bacteria that decided to form it's own little colony in order to further itself. that's the same idea behind a nation. mob mentality created society. it created everything. stuff that decided that it didn't need friends stays as it is, like amoebas, and similar non- colonized micro-single celled- organisms.