Last time I cared about what Kyrie Irving was doing, it was because PartyNextDoor was wearing his jersey and was posting pictures of Kehlani in his bed. I don’t normally follow basketball. However, when there’s a conspiracy theory, I’m all-ears.
Irving was recently interviewed on Road Trippin’ (a sports podcast). During the interview, he mentions that he believes the Earth is flat. Right afterwards, this comment was obviously picked up by other media outlets and he was questioned about his comments. When questioned, he avoids answering the question straight on. Instead, he was quoted as saying “I think people should do their own research…I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system said was real, that turned out to be completely fake”.
So, I decided to do my own research.
I have compiled the most compelling pieces of evidence that point towards the Earth being flat.
To summarize the argument, Flat-Earthers use a combination of evidence from scientific fact, fiction and the Bible. I’m a little hazy on the science part of it, but basically the Earth is a flat disc with a 150 foot wall of ice surrounding it, with the North Pole in the center. According to some believers the disc moves upward, accounting for what is known as gravity. In their eyes, the outside of our atmosphere is (sort of) water.
The Huffington Post reported that the religious thought vs. scientific reasoning war was reignited in the mid 1800s with the flat Earth “myth”. John W. Draper published the falsehood that Columbus discovered that the Earth was round. Religious groups at the time claimed it was flat. This is not quite true, many people believed that the Earth was round at the time, but this lie was told so often that I caught on and the comparison between religious beliefs and anti-scientific was reinforced. “ They [Draper and Co.] fabricated a false history highlighted by a non-existent dogma and then used them to brand religion as unceasingly reactionary, dim-witted, and anti-science” .
So why would academics of the 1800s put in such work to discredit the scientific statements in the Bible? This seems suspicious to me. Many Flat-Earthers believe that this discrediting is directly linked to keeping the truth of the flat Earth from the mainstream.
In order to make sense of this, we can look to the Bible.
Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
The image here is the earth stretched flat, suspended on the vastness that is our universe.
Job 26:10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
Here the oceans are kept within boundaries (like the 150ft tall ice wall that lines our earth-disc) until judgment day.
Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in
Read “circle” as a flat circle here.
So it’s pretty clear that the Earth is flat. But the bible is historically up for interpretation. If this isn’t enough for you, let me continue.
Why does the horizon always appear straight?:
In grade school I was told that if I held a ruler up to the horizon at the beach I could see that the horizon curved slightly. I never had a ruler at the beach but now, I am doubting the truth of this. If the Earth actually were a globe, the horizon would fall away from our sight as we rose in the air. Instead, in planes and hot air balloons, the horizon maintains its level appearance.
The Sinking Ship:
The idea that as a ship sails away it disappears bottom first seems to be proof for a globular Earth. The curve of the globe affects the hull of the ship before the sail. If you use a telescope or camera-zoom the ship returns to being whole and doesn’t look like it is “sinking”. This wouldn’t happen if the curvature of the Earth really affected the way a ship looks from a distance. If the sinking ship appearance really were proof of a globular Earth we would still see a “hill of water” over the hull of a ship when using a telescope.
Also it’s called a horizon because it’s horizontal. It’s not called a curve-izon.
Why are people so weird about Antarctica?
Some Flat-Earthers believe that the legislation that keeps people from traveling to and exploring Antarctica is actually a ploy to keep people from realizing it’s an ice wall that differentiates us from the rest of space. I’ve never been to Antarctica but I can’t even get into Ultra Providence most nights, so the government could probably keep me out of Antarctica too.
Finally, some real food for thought—
There are these things called Murons which are unstable particles that travel really really close to the speed of light. When particles travel near the speed of light time and length collapses a bit which makes things seem closer and aging slow, (paraphrasing). If you’ve seen The Martian, it’s why Matt Damon felt like he was on Mars for years instead of days, like his rescue team. So, these Murons are moving so fast that there are a lot more of them near Earth than there should be, because our atmosphere or something I’m not sure. So the explanation for the number of Murons is that the distance they have to travel to get to us is actually a lot shorter from their point of view, because space and time collapsing or whatever. So to them the Earth could actually appear flat because of how length and mass look.
So it’s all perspective, really. Or I could’ve made up Murons, who knows.
Thanks for all of this, Kyrie.
- Olivia Gomez