Most everyone at one point or another has heard that the earth is supposedly flat. What may be more surprising is that 2% of North Americans believe that the earth is flat. Now I’d likely be considered a skeptic of pretty much everything, but flat earth has always been one that I never found to be realistic, but maybe I’m wrong. I’m often wrong about most everything, as anyone who knows me will tell you. So, I’ve decided to dive face first into earth’s flat surface and find out what makes flat earth so appealing.
Flat earth is not a new idea. Early cultures were also under the impression that the earth was flat and not a sphere, which was held until the Hellenistic Period, or roughly 323-31 B.C.E. Some cultures still held onto the flat earth beliefs, but eventually, these beliefs grew stagnant and atrophied, being left to a small, but powerful part of society.
A common argument expressed by the flat earth community is the Bedford Level Experiment. To break down the experiment into the simple of terms, a man by the name of Samuel Birley Rowbotham conducted a series of observations using a telescope and a boat to which he claimed proved that the earth should be flat as he stated that the ship should’ve been out of view with the curvature of the surface. Of the evidence I’ve gone over, this is by far my least favorite. Aside from the experiments that have disproved the findings of this analysis, it lacks the charm that some of the other supporting points used by the flat earth society. It’s boring, unlike the Ice Wall or the Fake NASA theories, but we must sit through the previews before we can enjoy the movie.
Flat-earthers also hold the belief that NASA is fake. I haven’t seen any aliens yet, so I think flat earth can pick up some real steam if they stick to their guns on this one. We want the aliens. Jokes aside, NASA conspiracies are some of the most abundant among “truther” culture. You’ve likely heard to some degree that the moon landing was a hoax drummed up by the U.S. government to try and push the Soviet government into competing with their rival superpower and throw copious amounts of money into a project with no legitimate rival.
The last of the ideas I’ll be addressing is the Ice Wall, which I absolutely adore. I’d love nothing more than for Earth to be surrounded by a giant cliff of ice. It’s an idea that would readily be associated with a fairy tale or like the much popular HBO series Game of Thrones. If I’d want to go out anyway, it would be front-flipping off the ice wall into the great abyss of space. That’s the dream.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything that could sell me on the ice wall. As much as I love the idea of an Ice Wall surrounding the Earth, I need more. Is there a literal edge at the end of the wall? Is there more Earth? Some speculation hints at something called the “Pac-Man effect,” which much similar to the classic arcade game Pac-Man when the character reaches the edge of the screen, they appear on the other side of the screen. I got a headache after reading this and had to take a break. Pac-Man Theory broke me. I don’t know peace anymore, only Pac-Man.
So was I convinced the earth was flat? No. Not in any capacity. Flat earth will always be an idea that I find interesting to hear about, but it doesn’t do anything for me. As much as I love to hear about the guy who launches himself into the sky with the sole purpose of exposing that the earth is flat, that’s all it really is. A theory that needs something more.