Usually, when experts in a certain field inform us of something which we as the general public have no direct knowledge of, we tend to believe it. I mean, we have no other choice, right?
When food experts tell us that the average man should maintain a diet of about 2,500 calories and the average woman should aim for about 2,000 calories, we believe them. Or when medical experts demonstrate the best ways to manually check for certain cancers, we trust their opinion. But while NASA astronauts have an expert knowledge of all things space, there will always be the same old conspiracy theorists who insist on doubting these very experts. In fact, often these people will flat out (no pun intended) deny the experience and extensive research astronauts have done in their field. On a very basic level, those of us who aren’t astronauts or astronomers know that there is evidence proving that Earth takes the shape of a sphere. Just look at the moon or the sun – why would they be round and Earth be flat? Then there’s all the photographic evidence from our satellites. And incredibly, the flat-Earth theory was actually being challenged thousands of years ago. In fact, in the 5th Century BC, Greek philosopher Aristotle presented evidence that the Earth wasn’t actually flat at all, as many people at the time believed. Despite the fact that for most people it is an accepted fact that the Earth is round, flat-Earth theorists are continuously growing. “Nobody likes this uncomfortable feeling to be in this tiny ball, flying through space in this vast endless universe,” Flat-Earther Mark Sargent told explained to the BBC. “So as far as what’s underneath this, I don’t know, it could be this thickness.” “It doesn’t even have to be that thick because we can only drill down eight miles. Heck, this is only fifty miles deep, we don’t know. So, it could be this sort of dimension,” Sargent added. “Don’t take my word for it, I could be a mental patient recently released from an institution.” But who is promoting the flat-Earth theory? Well, with all their unconventional beliefs, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that celebrities tend to endorse the movement in order to get more people to agree with their undeniably uninformed astronomical opinions. So who are these celebrities denying the widely accepted theory that the world is flat? Well, one of them is NBA player Kyrie Irving. When he’s not shooting hoops, he’s telling the world that he believes the Earth is entirely flat. “This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving insisted in a podcast. “The Earth is flat… I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.” Rapper B.o.B, whose real name is Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, also has his doubts. And these doubts were enough for him to launch a crowd-funding campaign so that satellites could be sent into orbit in order to determine once and for all what the Earth’s shape is. Tila Tequila, Shaquille O’Neal, and current WWE Champion AJ Styles have also made public their doubts concerning the shape of the Earth. Many flat-Earthers simply refuse to believe that NASA is being truthful about the Earth’s shape. Ultimately, whether or not these kinds of conspiracy theories are ‘backed up’ by high-profile celebrities should be completely irrelevant as they rarely have any compelling arguments to make for their case. Yes, conspiracy theories appeal to the skeptics amongst us because they tend to simplify things that we cannot understand, but that certainly doesn’t mean they should be given any real credence.