Just like ‘Creationists‘, the ‘Flat Earth’ collective deny proven science, and like any other cult they feel ‘woke’ and ‘enlightened‘ that they know something that the indoctrinated ‘globers’ don’t. Conspiracy theorists by definition are paranoid and believe everything that’s taught is a lie.
So let’s look at some facts.
Due to its size and mass, and following the laws of physics, the Earth cannot be flat. When an object gets large enough to generate its own gravity the only shape it can be is an ‘oblate spheroid‘. This is because gravity pulls from the centre of an object of mass in every direction. Gravity is derived from ‘gravitas’ which means weight. Because of gravity giving physical objects weight, this explains why when something is released, dropped or thrown, it gives the illusion of falling when in fact it’s accelerating towards an object of greater mass.
Flat Earth deny gravity, as if they accepted it, and followed the laws of physics, then their whole ideology would come tumbling down like a house of cards. They believe that buoyancy and density are responsible for keeping objects of weight on the ground. They claim this but don’t understand, or wilfully remain ignorant to the fact that density is the volume of an objects’ mass, and mass creates gravitons, and buoyancy can’t work without gravity.
Surely this is enough to disprove the illogical belief that the Earth is flat to anyone with the slightest grasp of science, but to a Flat Earth believer, not a chance, as it just adds fuel to their fire of conspiracy. Everything we were taught at school about the universe, other planets, natural satellites like the moon, stars, and our very own Sun is a lie. Space doesn’t exist, and everyone who’s ever provided videos, photos, accounts or proof is blatantly lying and is a paid actor for the ‘New World Order‘.
Flat Earth have used the saying ‘lying in plain sight’ often, & claim NASA is Hebrew for ‘deceive’. There is no Hebrew word NASA. There’s a word ‘na-sar’ which means ‘carry, bear’. To beguile or deceive is ‘nasha’. Close, but not accurate, which is a common theme with the Flat Earth community.What we fail to get through to them is the amount of people involved in this alleged cover up, and that every government in the world must be involved and there’s never been a whistleblower. Every space agency, be it private or government is involved. A ludicrous accusation, I’m sure that you’re inclined to agree.
During the ‘Cold War‘ it was a race for the U.S and the U.S.S.R to get into space first. As we know the Soviets got into space first, but the U.S landed on the Moon. Both countries were potentially on the verge of a war, and neither made a claim that the other had faked their space journey, and now the Soviet Union has disbanded leaving the U.S and Russia to work together in the International Space Station (ISS). In 1983 the president of the United States, ‘Ronald Reagan‘, proposed the ‘The Strategic Defense Initiative’ which was a defence system in space that was to protect the US from ballistic missilebattacks by potential enemies. Why would this have been proposed if he knew space was fake?
In 1956, during the Cold War, ‘Samuel Shenton‘, an English conspiracist founded the ‘Flat Earth Society’, and during the space race he managed to get many appearances in the media expressing his views and opinions. He tirelessly made claims that the Earth was a disc, with the North Pole being at the centre, and the South Pole was surrounding the outside of the disc with an impenetrable ice wall. His theories were in part taken from his interpretations of the ‘book of Genesis‘, and their current agreed model is equivalent to the map used by the U.N, despite that being an ‘azimuthal equidistant projection‘.
“The azimuthal equidistant projection preserves both distance and direction from the central point. The world is projected onto a flat surface from any point on the globe. Although all aspects are possible (equatorial, polar, and oblique), the one used most commonly is the polar aspect, in which all meridians and parallels are divided equally to maintain the equidistant property.” – Source
Many critics of the Flat Earth society claim that they are religious literal extremists, and like creationism, they accept the word of the Bible regardless of the science that contradicts it. Although science has proven that we live in a heliocentric solar system, where Earth and its neighbours all orbit the Sun, the Flat Earth society either believe that there is no solar system and we live within a contained Earth with the Sun and Moon inside the firmament, or we are at the centre of the solar system and everything orbits Earth (geocentric).
There are various apps, and websites where you can track the ISS, and if you’re fortunate enough to be below its flight path, you can see it moving with the naked eye. Amateur astronomers have taken photos and videos of it, yet Flat Earth still deny that space exists. They will literally come up with any theory to explain things like satellite TV, weather satellites and GPS working without acknowledging the existence of space. One of the worrying things about Flat Earth believers is their obsession with conspiracies. They often also believe in chemtrails (the governments purposefully polluting the atmosphere). They are sometimes anti-vaxxers which believe that vaccinations lead to more serious complications in later life and will refuse to let their children get vaccinated. They think that the 5G masts that have been erected to give faster speeds on mobile phone networks are there to give the public cancer, or more recently some theorists believe are responsible for ‘COVID 19‘. The list of conspiracy theories is endless. Yet, one of the most logical and most talked about conspiracy theories is ignored by them, as they’d have to acknowledge the existence of space. ‘Area 51‘ and the ‘Roswell Incident‘.
The theory of the Flat Earth has been a belief surrounding many archaic cultures, and to put it bluntly, it was born from ignorance as these cultures knew no better, and didn’t have the technology to adequately research. It wasn’t until 6th century BCE that the mathematician ‘Pythagoras‘ brought up the idea to fellow Greek philosophers that perhaps the Earth actually wasn’t flat after all. As you can imagine, such a ludicrous and radical claim was met with much scepticism, and it was centuries later when ‘Aristotle‘ presented what he considered as evidence that the theory began to gain momentum amongst scientists and philosophers.
Early Egyptian and Mesopotamian societies, who were regarded as the first civilised societies, believed that the Earth was a disc that floated on a vast ocean, and this belief was shared by Norse and Germanic paganism, but the Israelites were the ones that brought forth the idea that we were within a contained firmament. This geocentric belief has been questioned through Judaism and Christianity, but even until the 17th century, when the Catholic Church was on one of its inquisition missions, the idea of a heliocentric universe was deemed heresy. ‘Galileo Galilei‘ had already brought attention to himself with his theories, and was banned by the Catholic Church from teaching and promoting heliocentric ideologies, but he chose to disobey and in 1616 he put forth his theory of tidal activity, and he was charged with heresy and placed under house arrest until his death in 1642.