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Submitted as: research article 15 Jun 2020

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The Flat Earth satire, using science theatre to debunk absurd theories

George Sand França1, Ricardo Cruccioli Ribeiro2, Luana Rosa Soares3, João de Oliveira Soares3, Gabriel Brito de França4, and Paulo Eduardo Brito5 George Sand França et al.
  • 1Observatório Sismológico, Universidade de Brasília
  • 2Faculdade de Educação, Universidade de Brasília
  • 3Faculdade de Artes Dulcina de Moraes
  • 4Instituto de Química, Universidade de Brasília
  • 5Faculdade Planaltina, Universidade de Brasília

Abstract. Science needs everything, and art must feed on it for its actions. With the growing popularity of social media, absurd theories have been gaining consensus without any criticism, and, even worse, they have consolidated. Thus, in order to find solutions for a better understanding of our theories, it was created the project "The Earth is Flat! Now What?", that uses performing art as the main communicator to spread science. The first step was a meeting for promoting integration among Geophysicists, Art-educators, Artists, Astronomers, clowns and all the different expertise participating in the project. The meeting was also the occasion for planning the show. The second step was the dramaturgy along with the creative process, which involved discussions of the scenes and lessons about the theme to be presented. And the third step was the performance. The bibliographical review, which is the same method named the “table's work” for artists, was not based on indexed journals, but rather on social networks and classes for understanding the shape of the Earth. The show impacts the community in a fun way offering the opportunity of a new experience to the population.

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Absurd theories have been gaining adherents without any criticism. And the worst: consolidating. Thus, in order to find solutions for a better understanding of our real theories, it was created the project "The Earth is Flat! Isn’t it? ", Which aims to use performing art as the main communicator to spread science. The first was of integration between Science and Art. The second was dramaturgy along with the creative process. And the third stage was the spectacle.
Absurd theories have been gaining adherents without any criticism. And the worst: consolidating....
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