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Flat Earth

September 21, 2010

The Claims:

“Flat Earthers” hold the belief that the Earth is flat. This belief was common in ancient times, with Aristotle being one of the first scholars to present empirical evidence for the curvature of the earth in 330 BC. Presently it is still favored by a small group of individuals who claim that the overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of a round earth is part of a conspiracy. Curiously, the “Flat Earthers” do not deny the spherical nature of other stars and planets, claiming that the Earth is the only special, flat planet.

The Evidence:

Under the assumption of a flat Earth, many of the universally accepted scientific theories fail. “Flat Earthers” attempt to provide alternative explanations  to certain phenomena. They believe that the Earth does not possess a gravitational field, and that what appears to us as gravity is actually the Earth accelerating upwards at a constant rate of 9.8 meters per second squared. This is the so-called “Universal Acceleration” which is caused by dark energy and accelerates everything in the universe.

They also claim that the Sun and the Moon are the same size (32 miles in diameter), rotate 3000 miles above sea level and are held up above the Earth by dark energy. There is undeniable experimental evidence against these claims yet “Flat Earthers” often offer them as explanations.

The Flat Earth theory is rarely taken seriously, simply because there is zero scientific evidence backing up any of its claims. Space probes and satellites have taken numerous pictures and videos clearly showing that the Earth is spherical. The shadow of the Earth on the Moon always has a round edge, and the only object to project a round shadow from every angle is a sphere.

Conclusion:

The fact that the Earth is round is practically indisputable. Most “Flat Earthers” are left to rely on conspiracy claims to counter the abundant evidence against their beliefs. Therefore the theory of Flat Earth has no basis in reality and is simply wrong.

Links:

Wikipedia Page on Flat Earth

NASA’s Visible Earth

The Flat Earth Society

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2013 5:07 PM

    What a rubbish fleeting video, you’d think modern technology could present us with something better. The more I see these non convincing videos, the more I think the earth is flat and not rotating….. after all the Apollo missions were fake, what else is a lie?

  2. March 4, 2013 1:41 PM

    I luv peanut butter oh this is Ashley Patrice guitierez

  3. March 4, 2013 1:39 PM

    Hi I am Jesus pescador aka fishy and I was here oh and Ashley is eating peanut butter

  4. December 30, 2010 9:38 PM

    It can be difficult to convince people otherwise, since it seems intuitive without further exploration;

    ‘Ten geographers who think the world is flat will tend to reinforce each others errors….Only a sailor can set them straight’. – John Ralston Saul, ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’.

  5. goober permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:25 AM

    proof is that heaven is above and hell is below
    now that is evidence

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