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Modern geocentrism is a bit of a puzzle. In opinion polls consistently 20% of Americans more or less answer that the sun goes round the Earth. [1] And the proportion of Europeans who don't know the earth orbits the sun is unimpressively high too. [2] European results may be skewed by answers from former Communist nations where education standards were different.

People know that the moon is a world like the earth. People have seen photographs of astronauts walking on the moon with the sun lighting the scene and casting shadows. People have seen photographs of Mars, clearly a rocky world like earth with the sun lighting the scene and casting shadows. If the sun moved round the earth none of this would be possible. Have texts from the Old Testament or the Qu'ran [3] made believers blind to what should be obvious? In some cases that's true, there are rather silly religious websites that argue the sun goes round the earth based on the Bible.

There probably are other geocentrists who weren't paying attention during science classes and geography classes at school and/or who have forgotten what they learnt there. They haven't thought out whether the earth orbits the sun or the sun goes round the earth and aren't really interested. They understand that, "our planet" or "this planet" refers to earth but haven't thought through that if the sun orbits the earth the earth must be different from a planet like Mars. Perhaps they don't understand the definition of planet well enough to understand all that. Very likely many people who answer that the sun goes round the earth in opinion polls just give the first answer that pops into their heads and haven't a clear idea what orbits what, don't notice their answer doesn't fit with other things they know.

References

  1. 1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says
  2. 1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says
  3. Does the Sun orbit the Earth According to the Qur'an?

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