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Wait, the Earth IS flat?



After writing my last blog post, I came across the following website: https://www.tfes.org/ It is the homepage for an organization called the Flat Earth Society, which, as you might have guessed, believes the Earth is actually flat. This would seem to imply that all scientific evidence pointing to a round Earth is a product of the government and the globe manufacturing lobby. But while their idea is obviously wrong, the science behind it is not. In my previous post, I wrote about the effect a disk shape would have on Earth's gravity. These conspiracy theorists, argue that gravity as we know it is a lie. So then why do things fall? The Flat Earth Society claims that our flat planet is accelerating upward at 9.81 m/s2. If this were true, it would be similar to the classic physics problem where someone is standing on a scale in an elevator. Just as an upward accelerating elevator makes it seem like the person in the elevator weighs more, an upward accelerating Earth would simulate gravity. The FES makes a great many claims that can be supported by possible, though improbable, science. Either way, it is enough to make one wonder if in fact the Earth is flat and everything we know is a lie. 


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