For most of us, visiting Antarctica would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
It is a great opportunity to see one of the most astonishing places on the planet.
But there could be a journey to the ‘edge’ of the Earth with a completely different purpose, and that is to prove that the Earth is flat.
Just forget those photos from space of our beautiful planet and those millennia of geographical research. Flat Earthers will soon prove that the planet is not round.
They are the same people who suggested before that the Earth has the shape of a donut.
The Flat Earth Society’s website says: “Beyond the Ice Wall is anyone’s guess. How far the ice extends; how it terminates; and what exists beyond it, are questions to which no present human experience can reply.”
With their journey to the bottom of the planet, they hope to answer their questions. What is amazing about them is that they maintain their belief despite the testimony of over 550 people who have gone into space.
They also ignore the words in George Gershwin’s song ‘They All Laughed’ which go ‘They all laughed at Christopher Columbus When he said the world was round.’
In the past, thinking the Earth was flat was forgivable as there was no access to modern technology. But even in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Greek philosophers already believed the world was round.
Michael Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society, said: “They are a whole mix of people. A lot are people who want to do proper science, but don’t necessarily possess the right tools, or the lack right knowledge.”
It is difficult to know exactly how many people believe that the Earth is flat but according to a YouGov survey, only two-thirds of American 18 to 24-years-olds “have always believed the world is round.”
Flat-earthers are most persistent when it comes to ignoring hard science. Their response to millions of photos of a spherical Earth is: they are fakes.
“We believe that government space agencies are taking creative liberties with your taxes and producing misleading materials,” the website says.
“Did you know that all images of Earth which show a curved horizon or a spherical shape are computer generated images (proven with Photoshop programs and analysis), artistic renderings (acknowledged by Nasa), or captured via fisheye/wide-angle curved lens (producing a curved appearance)?”
Flat-earthers are also divided as to whether you simply scroll across to the other side of the planet just like Pac-Man can teleport from one side of the grid to another, or whether it is possible to drop off the edge of the Earth.
Jay Decasby told Forbes magazine: “All we have to do to shut this debate down once and for all is get the distance of the coast of Antarctica. If we can sail all the way around it, we will . . . prove it’s the outer edges of flat earth and refute entirely every single argument anyone can possibly try to pitch for the sun-worshipping cult of heliocentrism [a belief that the Sun is at the centre of the universe].”
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