You heard it here first ladies and gentlemen. Exclusive on CrowdH, the earth is shaped like a pizza and Galileo was wrong. Okay, not really.
We’ve already proved that the flat earth conspiracy, well, it’s just that, a conspiracy. The earth is still, to my knowledge, round (oval to be precise), the Sun is the center of our solar system and the moon is made of cheese. So why the click-bait?
When this subject caught my eye, I was in disbelief. I thought it was an internet meme that gained popularity to mock science deniers. As I delved deeper into this, I was shocked to find out a plethora of videos, blogs, sites, organizations etc… that not only denounced the scientific consensus but also created this pseudo-intellectual cult-like following, counting 100s of people.
After getting past this traumatic experience, I started laughing at them too. I also told my friends and they were also skeptic about the authenticity of these people and they too were mocking them. So one day, as we were talking about this, one of the science postgraduates of our little company asked me this:
“Hey, the earth is not flat, but can you prove the earth is round?”
And it hit me. I didn’t know how to prove it. I did not know why ships don’t disappear in the horizon. So I went home and looked everything up, the geometry, the math, the observations, the photos etc… I researched and proved the earth is round all by myself*. It got me thinking, how many people are making fun of flat-earthers, but they took on the scientific consensus like me, without asking any questions.
*A very easy way to prove the earth is round without math is to get a friend on Skype living on the southern hemisphere and ask them about the position of the stars. You’ll find out they have different positions than the ones you observe.
What can we learn from the Flat Earthers?
1) Do your own research. Haven’t you heard? We live in the age of information. You are one click away to learn just about everything. When you are presented with a discovery, news, stories etc… you should not deny or accept anything until you do your own research.
2) Scientific consensus changes all the time. Galileo was the victim of misjudgment, prejudice, and misinformation. Scientists can be wrong or they can be bought. There was this poor guy, called Ignaz Semmelweis, that was a doctor in Hungary. He observed that many women were dying when giving birth, from puerperal fever. He also noticed that the doctors and students helping these women came straight from autopsies, surgeries etc… So he made them wash their hands with chlorinated lime water, thus decreasing the mortality rate from childbirth. You would expect that this man would be celebrated as one of the main contributors to germ theory and soap…
Well, he was not. He was widely rejected by the establishment at that time for simply saying: “Hey, you should wash your hands you know, they’re sticky”. Actually, he had a mental breakdown and he was later beaten to death inside a mental institute.
He was right, but no one believed him.
3) Develop critical thinking.
4) Have a basic grasp of basic mathematical concepts.
5) Don’t believe the hype. See through political agendas without getting fanatical.
6) Be open to new ideas. Before you reject it, play with it.
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