This just in! Volokh changes views on shape of Earth!
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Wed Nov 7 07:24:26 PST 2001
It's actually an oblate spheroid, but I may be the
only person who actually believes that.
--- "Volokh, Eugene" <VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu> wrote:
> Michael Masinter just pointed out to me
> that, as it turns out, the
> Earth is not flat. After considerable incredulity,
> research, and
> experimentation, I concluded that he is correct, and
> that the Earth is
> actually roughly spherical. Please change, nunc pro
> tunc, "the Earth is
> flat" in the post below to "the Earth is round"
> (also technically incorrect,
> but more idiomatic than "the Earth is a geoid").
> > -----Original Message-----
> > On Tue, 6 Nov 2001, Eugene Volokh wrote:
> > >
> > > 2) I do think that a public university
> has more power, despite
> > the 1st Am,
> > > to control what a professor -- who is hired to
> speak to students in
> > class --
> > > says to students in class. I'm not 100%
> positive about the boundaries
> > of
> > > this, but at least it can require the professor
> to be polite, to cover
> > > certain substantive areas, and possibly even to
> express certain
> > viewpoints
> > > (e.g., humans evolved from other animals, the
> Earth is flat, the
> > Holocaust
> > > was morally wrong) and not others *in class*.
> Such requirements may
> > violate
> > > academic freedom, but I don't think they'd
> violate the 1st Am.
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