First it was Cavs' All-Star guard Kyrie Irving saying he thinks the earth is flat. Then last week, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal said he agrees with Kyrie. The jury is still out on whether or not Kyrie was serious but it certainly seems as though Shaq is.
The real question is this: Why the heck do these guys believe the earth if flat? The answer is more complex than you may think.
While I do not believe in the Flat Earth Theory that does not mean their case is not interesting. The leader of the Flat Earth movement is man named Eric Dubay. He is a writer who lives in Thailand and has written multiple books on the theory. He also says that gravity is just density and backs up his claims with what he believes to be indisputable scientific evidence.
The video below is what Flat Earth believer's describe as their bible.
The problem with 90% of this video is that it is presented without any explanation about the theories or scientific laws it references. To the average person it sounds intelligent and is presented with such confidence that it is very convincing.
Admittedly, I do not know enough about most of this to prove that these 200 "facts" are false but there are other people who have taken the time to show us just how false they are.
This is where Youtube user M Gousmits enters the conversation. While I have zero clue who this guy is, he does break down a number of the errors in the 200 "facts" very simply and in laymen's terms. Below is one of the many videos he has posted disproving Dubay's theories.
I would love to see a point-counterpoint debate between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eric Dubay. I could definitely nerd out watching that for an evening.
The only thing I know for sure is that I have spent far too much time watching Flat Earth videos. So much so that I had a dream Kyrie and I were on a space station and he was showing me the earth was flat. I may have taken too much cough medicine for my cold that evening.