Flat Earthers are planning a trip to the edge of the Earth to prove it’s flat
Calling Flat Earthers from all around the globe: You can now sign up to visit the edge of the Earth, to prove once and for all that its flat.
That’s right. Desmond Walsh, one of the most infamous Flat Earthers on the Facebooks, has announced that he’s leading a gaggle of “scientists” and oblate spheroid deniers to the literal edge of the Earth.
Well, as close as they can get to the edge at least.
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Of course, Flat Earthers believe that the North Pole is actually situated in the center of the disc Earth, and Antarctica is actually a giant wall of ice that keeps all the water, ships, continents, and other things on the disc.
Many Flat Earthers actually believe that this is what the wall around the edge of the Earth looks like. In fact, I took this image from a Flat Earther site. I would like to know what they think is on the other side of the wall, how they’re able to fly above the wall, and how those people (or maybe they’re penguins?) got on top of the wall.
So many questions, and so few answers. What are they trying to hide?!?!!
Desmond posts his videos on Facebook, in the style of Joshua Feuerstein‘s I-don’t-know-how-tripods-work-so-I’m-going-to-shoot-this-in-selfie-mode-uncomfortably-close-to-my-face. For an unknown reason, he’s deleted the original post of his video from Facebook, but thankfully someone reposted it on YouTube, for posterity. My favorite part is how the Windows Movie Maker intro takes up 20 of the entire 51 seconds of the video.
You gotta give people more than a couple days’ notice before inviting them on a 9000 mile trip, my dude.
Or maybe it’s not 9000 miles away to him. I honestly don’t know that he knows how far away it is, since it doesn’t exist. Or maybe he went, found it, came back, and NASA forced him to delete his video evidence, which is why the post is no longer on Facebook. Who knows.
While it’s fun to laugh at ridiculous conspiracy theories like Flat Earth, it begs the question how so many people were led so astray of critical thinking and rational thought. Thankfully, the always fantastic Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in on this issue:
The fact that there’s a rise of Flat-Earthers is evidence of two things. One, we live in a country that protects free speech. And two, we live in a country with a failed educational system.
… Our system needs to train you not only what to know, but how to think about information and knowledge and evidence. If we don’t have that kind of training, you’d run around believing anything.
Check out Neil’s latest book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry!