BiPiSci – Skeptic Check: Flat Earth

by Gary Niederhoff on July 29, 2019

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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