In that case airplanes were flying over when the pyramids were built.<quoted text>
how long has science been around? science has been around for many, many 1000's of years. in early science 1000's of years ago it was also thought the world was flat. it was further knowledge, coupled with time of the world they lived in that lead to knowing the world is a sphere. to say science "never" thought the world was flat is a smoke screen you are throwing out there simply in defense of science.
Science as we know today it dates back to the 18th century, with important precursors to the middle ages. a precursor of science is, in very rudimentary fashion, also found in the Greek philosophers after Socrates, when empirical observations became the leading guidance. Immediately the concept of a flat earth was abandoned.
The concept of a flat earth and geocentricism, for instance, were very ancient bronze age concepts who therefore made it into the bible.
Unfortunately, the Christians adopted the Jewish bible and a tremendous setback occurred. The Scriptures and revelation again prevailed instead of empirical evidence. The West only arose from this setback in the Renaissance (which means "rebirth" for A VERY GOOD REASON), when the preliminary scientific approach of the Greeks, cherished and continued in Islamic Golden Age, gradually were adopted by Europe.
The main cause for the flat earth being dominating in Europe was Christianity, not science.
Science begins when one stops sticking his head all day riffling through the "Holy" books and starts to LOOK AROUND what REALLY happens.
When that happened in Greece with the Socratic philosophers, the concept of a flat earth immediately was dropped. In the Islamic Golden Age there was hardly any support for a flat earth. When after 1250 this era ended, more traditional, religious views were restored and the flat earth immediately regained support.