Is The Earth Flat?

Flat earth map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893, courtesy of Wikipedia

For many people, this is an easy answer: No! However some believe the opposite and today we will be looking at the world through their eyes. I, myself, have two friends who believe in the possibility of a flat earth and that’s essentially what got me to ponder this topic. So let’s have a look!

History’s Views

There have been many authors that have published papers wherein they hypothesize that the earth is flat. One such author went under the pseudonym “Parallax” where he published the results of various experiments concerning the curvatures of water over a long drainage ditch. He published a pamphlet in 1849 he named “Zetetic Astronomy” in which he published these results. He later went on to publish a further work detailing his theory.

William Carpenter was greatly affected by the work of Parallax, thus leading him to publish his work Theoretical Astronomy Examined and Exposed – Proving the Earth not a Globe. He published this in eight parts under the name Common Sense. He later was quoted as saying thus:

“There are rivers that flow for hundreds of miles towards the level of the sea without falling more than a few feet – notably, the Nile, which, in a thousand miles, falls but a foot. A level expanse of this extent is quite incompatible with the idea of the Earth’s convexity. It is, therefore, a reasonable proof that Earth is not a globe”.

There are many other men and women who have expressed the same sentiment. Men such as John Jasper, Joseph W. Holden and Wilbur Glenn Voliva expressed the same belief in a flat earth.

The Flat Earth Society.

The  International Flat Earth Research Society (IFERS), more commonly called the “Flat Earth Society”, was set up by Samuel Shenton in 1956. Shenton was a direct descendant of the Universal Zetetic Society. His goal was to teach children at a young age of a flat earth. In 1972, Charles K. Johnson took over Shenton’s role as leader of the IFERS. Through his hard work, he was able to build it up to 3,000 members. He proposed that there was a conspiracy against the flat earth theory. He published his beliefs in 1980 in the scientific journal Science Digest. Unfortunately, there was a fire at The Society’s headquarters in California causing a decline in the 1990s, then followed by Johnson’s death in 2001. In the year 2004, it was revived by a Daniel Shenton (of no relation to Samuel Shenton) who started a website for The Society, firmly believing that there is no evidence disproving a flat earth.

The Flat Earth Theory

Described as the ultimate conspiracy, the leading flat earth theory states that the earth is a flat disc with the Arctic circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150 meter wall of ice, around the rim. Earth’s gravity is an illusion, not pulling us down, but moving up at 32-feet per second. There is so much to explore in this theory, you will see below I have posted a video provided by the LiveScience website as well as the website for the IFERS.

Website link for the IFERS:

Twitter feed:

As I said above, there is so much more to this theory than meets the eye. I have tried to condense the history and current views in this article as much as I could, but if you find yourself wanting to know more, I have posted links above for you.

God bless you, all my darling avidReaders. 🙂

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