Facts..we are living surrounded by relative things and discuss all kinds of theories, but we never discuss widely accepted and proven facts.
Well, think again. While there is still no one who objects that the sky is blue, that the sun rises in the East, but sets in the West, that two plus two is four, there is a large group of people who claims that the Earth is not round!
It might sound crazy to you, but Flat Earthers have their reasoning.
First of all, they maintain that if you cannot see a curve when looking at the horizon, you shouldn’t believe we live on a sphere.
Also, Flat Earthers believe the whole concept of space travel is faked, and even have an alternate map. They claim the Earth is circular, with the north pole in the center and Antarctica like an icy wall surrounding the outer edges. The sun, rather than being the center of the solar system, circles around the Earth.
Have you come across the Netflix documentary Behind the Curve yet? It shows popular Flat Earth Theory influencers on their journey to scientifically prove their claims.
However, at one point, Bob Knodel, who maintains his background as an engineer and a pilot have convinced him that the Earth is flat and inspired him to create a YouTube channel cleverly named “Globebusters.”
He and his followers spend $20,000 on a gyroscope and he ends up debunking the Flat Earth Theory instead of supporting it!
Namely, a gyroscope stays in one position despite the rotation of the earth. As the earth moves, it leans increasingly off-axis, demonstrating the curvature of the planet.
After the experiment, Knodel explained that when they turned on that gyroscope, they found that they were picking up a drift. “A 15 degree per hour drift.”
This is exactly what a gyroscope would do is the earth is a globe.
Yet, he and other Flat Earthers go on, by saying that they were not willing to accept the result, so they “ started looking for ways to disprove it was actually registering the motion of the earth.”
Then, Knodel turns to another Flat Earther.
“We don’t want to blow this, you know? When you’ve got $20,000 in this freaking gyro. If we dumped what we found right now, it would be bad? It would be bad.
“What I just told you was confidential.”
The documentary also shows Knodel’s channel co-host Jeran Campanella while conducting another experiment using a light pointed through three circles cut into boards at the same height, with the boards being far apart.
In case the Earth is flat, the light will pass through all three holes. But what if the Earth is round?
There’s a curvature to consider. When the experiment began, the light didn’t appear on camera. Perplexed, Jeran radioed another person, Henrique, to confirm the height of the light at 5.18 meters (17 feet) above sea level. On a flat Earth, he should be seeing the light.
Yet, he then asked Henrique to lift the light above his head, and the light shined through.
Campanella saw the beam miss the last hole and said:
“Interesting. That’s interesting.”
The same experimental set up has been a staple of flat-Earthers since 1836 when Samuel Birley Rowbotham first did it on the Old Bedford River. It always reveals the curvature of the Earth.
However, people go on repeating classic experiments, as repetition is one of the cornerstones of science.
For centuries, people believed the Earth was flat until scientists began challenging the premise. Therefore, we wouldn’t have gotten here if people blindly accepted what they were told.
While there is no need to investigate matters that have been scientifically proven time and time again, at least we should appreciate the ‘don’t blindly accept anything, question everything’ attitude of Flat Earthers.