BiPiSci – Skeptic Check: Flat Earth

by Gary Niederhoff on June 11, 2018

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Flat Earth
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The Earth is not round. Technically, it’s an oblate spheroid. But for some people, the first statement is not even approximately correct. Flat Earthers believe that our planet resembles – not a slightly squashed grapefruit – but a thick pancake. A journalist who covered a Flat Earth convention describes the rationale behind this ever-more popular belief.

So how do you establish science truth? We look at the difference between a truly scientific examination of extraordinary claims and approaches that feel and look science-y but aren’t.

Find out how one man will use telescopes and balloons in the desert to demonstrate that the Earth is a globe, while a biologist runs a test on the waters of Loch Ness to see if it contains prehistoric reptile DNA.

And what happens when amateur investigators chase ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot with science instruments, but without an understanding of the scientific method.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Alex Moshakis / Flat Earth Meeting
Part 2: Harry Dyer / Flat Earth Meeting Too
Part 3: Jim Underdown / Flat Earth Test
Part 4: Neil Gemmell / Nessie DNA Test
Part 5: Sharon Hill / Scientifical Method

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avatar Richard June 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

“The Earth is not round. Technically, it’s an oblate spheroid.”
That should be “Technically, the Earth is not round.” A billiard ball has to be true to +/-0.22% of its diametre. The Earth is true to +/-0.09% of its diametre, if you take the bumps of Mt Everest or the Mariana trench, or within 0.09% of its average diametre if you take half the 23 km difference between the polar and equatorial diametres. So shrunk to the size of a billiard ball it would pass for one. (Were it not, of course, for the fact that it is flat)

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