Doesn’t it seem like flat earthers came out of nowhere? And I can’t help but think that they are trolling the rest of us. We’re looking at a mountain of evidence and offering every decent, legitimate, logical argument we can. They’re just not buying it.
I recently read an article at Space that explains why flat earthers believe as they do, “People who believe that the Earth is flat aren’t coming to that conclusion from the same types of observations. They, instead, believe that we are being misled and lied to, that scientists want you to believe that the Earth is round, despite its flatness…So the question isn’t ‘why do people believe in a flat Earth’ but rather ‘why do people believe in a conspiracy?’ And the answer is the same reason it always is: a lack of trust.”
So, it’s not about being a troll. It’s about not trusting the authorities on the subject because for some reason, making people believe the earth is round offers some kind of benefit to the government, the rich, or whoever stands to gain from it. That means that if you are debating with a flat earther, you are debating on a set of shaky tectonic plates. For that reason, I submit the following argument that I believe has infallible logic nearly impossible to debate against.
The Michael Allen Argument
When we look into a very dark night sky, we can see details on planets that we pick up from our telescopes. Even the amateur observer can find planets way out there in the distance. So, are those planets flat too?
If they are not flat but the earth is, that doesn’t make sense right off the bat. So, let’s continue with what currently seems like the only logical progression to this argument, the other planets are also flat. So, here’s the crux. How can we view them?
In order to view them, we would have to be standing on our flat earth that is floating on, let’s say, an X-Axis. The other planets then would have to be on a Y-Axis. If the other planets are on the same X-Axis, it would be impossible to observe them and take the types of pictures that we have. Our pictures show other planets in full view. How would that be possible?
Our View Of Mars
It doesn’t look like a flat disk floating like a plate in space. It looks like a sphere that we can fully observe from a telescope. Grab a telescope and take a look. You’ll see this same thing. What does that mean?
It means, they would have to be floating on a Y-Axis in order for us to have the images that we have. Why would they be floating on a Y-Axis while we’re the only planet in our universe floating on an X-Axis? And in there lies the question that should take a very, very long time to answer if any logical answer can be brought forth at all.
If flat earthers are not in fact trolls but honest people seeking the truth, this argument should give them something to think about. Thus concludes my science lesson for today. Live long and prosper.