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Flat Earth: Fact or Friction?

John Turnbull

Posted on August 26, 2018 21:47

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An attempt to understand the sudden insurgence in flat-earther followers

For some reason, these past few weeks I've ran across more than a few converted "flat-earthers." According to a Joe Rogan report, this is a common trend with the millennials. As a believer in science (and a Star Trek fan) immediately I started to grill these people and the validity of their theories with a touch of cynicism.

"So if it's flat, what's underneath it?" I asked. I got one response, a doozy:

"It's on pedestals."

"And they're hydraulic," I responded, "that's how the tide works. One lifts and the water pours one way, the other lifts and the water..." That remark garnered some stink eye, let me tell you.

"So if it's flat, wouldn't the water from the ocean run off the edges?" I asked someone else.

"No," the answer came back with conviction, "the North Pole is actually a wall of ice that borders the earth, keeping everything in." Hmm. I couldn't leave it at that.

"So how do planes leave east from Australia, boats leave east from Japan and China and all of them end up in Hawaii? Wouldn't they get blocked by the ice wall and wouldn't people see that?" Another round of silence.

One FE told me that everything revolved around the earth, the stars, the moon, etc. almost like we were in a snow globe. At least that explained earthquakes, you have to shake a snow globe to get the "snow flakes" up in the air.

I won't even get into their opinions on gravity.

Now, as a writer, and a responsibly conscious human being in general, I need to keep an open mind. So I did some research, using the best sources known to us, Google and YouTube. Here were the claims that at least had SOME merit:

1) Nothing can exit or re-enter the ozone layer without burning up. Therefore, the NASA satellites and photos are false.

2) Cellphone and wi-fi transmissions are from lines laid in the ocean and radio towers.

3) You always see the "Man in the Moon". The dark side of the moon isn't there.

4) And the classic "faked moon landing," shot by Stanley Kubrick a year AFTER "2001: A Space Odyssey" (this one I almost believe).

A lot of times it comes down to faith, which I won't question, but the fact is that a lot of the band wagon flat-earth jumpers are agnostic. So there's that. Admittedly, the argument "no one really knows" has merit, and scientific facts are debunked on an almost daily basis. But there has to be more than that to sway this writer. Amen!

The classic cartoon series, Looney Tunes, had perhaps the best answers to this conundrum when Bugs Bunny and Chris Columbus wanted to come over to the new land from Italy. Chris Columbus said, "The world, she's a round like my head." The king took out a mallet and whacked Chris on the noggin and replied, "She's flat like your head." 

 

 

John Turnbull

Posted on August 26, 2018 21:47

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