In BriefThere is plenty of pseudoscience being peddled in this time of alternative facts. We must all be prepared to defend science and the truth of how our universe really works.
In the era of fake news and alternative facts, age-old conspiracies and junk science are experiencing a resurgence. For every Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson out there fighting to combat misinformation, there is a Jim Carrey running around giving credence to nonsense.
One of the more pressing pieces of balderdash is the small group of easily impressionable folks known as Flat-Earthers. As their name suggests, they believe that we’re all being lied to and the Earth is not a globe, but a disc. One argument they like to use is that in their everyday perspective, the Earth looks and feels flat. As Shaq put it, “I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me.”
How do we battle this kind of pseudoscience?
With actual science, of course!
The video above gives a few examples of how we know and can measure that the Earth is indeed a globe. From sunsets to ships on the horizon, there are plenty of ways anyone can observe the curvature of the Earth.
Still, for every scientific piece of evidence, there will be a made-to-order dissent that always has a tenuous grasp of actual science (or reality, for that matter). All we can do is to continue to educate, hoping to mitigate the spread of lies and obfuscation.