We are in the year 2018, and to our utter dismay, there is still a segment of the population that requires photo evidence that the earth is in fact not flat. Although anyone who has a particle-sized belief in science knows this is ridiculous in the extreme, there are skeptics that nonetheless make articles like this sadly necessary.
One Reddit user by the name of amazed_spirit posted a selfie of a man standing atop Mount Everest which features the Earth looking incontrovertibly not flat in an attempt to debunk the flat Earth theory once and for all. While we certainly applaud his efforts, haters will say it’s photoshop or just the clever use of a fisheye lens.
Why do we think this to be true? For one, we’ve lost hope in their capacity to recognize and accept scientific evidence. Sadly, flat-earthers may not be the biggest group in the room, but they are often the loudest. Remember, they are the same collection of conspiracy theorists who also managed to spin the most ludicrous narrative that the moon landing was a hoax. Nothing is safe from their fiction, their imagination is boundless.
In case you’ve skipped several elementary school classes, Mount Everest is the highest mountain above sea level. It’s located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas and sits at the border between China and Nepal. Its elevation rises to 8,848 meters or 29,029 ft.
Most of the Reddit thread consists of people saying things like “I still don’t understand how this is even a discussion in 2018.” However, some (such as Reddit user SadConfiguration) have explained that, while flat-earthers are indeed delusional, the lens used in the photo is either a fisheye lens or GoPro which will curve a shot to provide a more panoramic view.
Unfortunately, even if the image wasn’t taken with a fish-eye lens, flat-earthers will look for another reason to undermine fact in favor of make-belief. What even is the point of anything.
A perfect example of flat earth delusion is Connor Murphy, son of notorious flat-earther Dave Murphy, who had the most convoluted and bizarre explanation for why, if the Earth is flat, we don’t fall off the edge of the world.
According to Connor: “Fall off into what, do you know what I’m saying? The way we see it is it’s an enclosed system. There’s water above, there’s the firmament – or the dome – and there’s water above it and water below it and there’s no leaving it, there’s no finding other Suns and stuff. You can’t fall off the edge, essentially.”
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