More and more people are embracing a theory that was dismissed centuries ago, and that is a concern for scientists.
It has been nearly 500 years since Nicolaus Copernicus released his book, “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres,” which showed that not only was the Earth not flat but it was simply another planetary body floating in the vast cosmos. And yet, in 2018, there is a growing segment of the population that is subscribing to the notion of a flat Earth, complete with slickly produced YouTube videos.
You’re not imagining it, there really is a “flat Earth” renaissance of sorts, as searches for the term have tripled over the last couple of years based on Google Trends data. A search for “flat Earth” on YouTube yields nearly five million results. People are becoming at the very least increasingly curious about the concept, even if it remains just as ludicrous as it was hundreds of years ago.
Flat Earth believers say that “globeheads” just don’t get it, and they have a few celebrities in their corner, like NBA star Kyrie Irving and rapper Bobby Ray Simmons.
Flat Earthers will go to just about any lengths to prove it too. If they’re not spending hours on a video piecing together “evidence” of Earth’s lack of a spherical shape, they are building a homemade rocket to prove it, as “Mad” Mike Hughes is doing in California – without much success, so far.
Pop physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson slammed them in a video recently, as we reported (video is embedded at the bottom of this post). He points out a huge number of logical problems with the belief, as well as a few inconvenient truths, like the fact that all bodies in the universe appear to want to take a spherical shape, and that the Earth never casts a flat disk shadow on the moon during eclipses.
Tyson says that our school system is to blame, as it is not teaching kids critical thinking skills.