I recently gave an overview of Spooky Geology concepts to my local geological society. I began the presentation by discussing the most absurd idea about the earth that still circulates – that it is a flat disk. People laughed; it’s normal to respond to such a claim with ridicule and marvel at how people can be so stupid. A highly circulated news story in mid-November, 2017 was the story of a “Mad” Mike Hughes who has built his own rocket to journey into the “atmosflat” supposedly to show that there is no curve and to photograph the flat disk. He doesn’t “believe” in science and wants to make a bang in life. He may die in his quest to “prove” his crazy cause. (If he does, I’ll update this post.)
The flat earth idea vies for the most alternative geological idea out there. But the spookiest part about the flat earth is that, according to proponents of it, is that the church, scientists, the government, the media, and private businesses are all conspiring to hide the truth from the rest of civilization – a very heady and horrifying claim. It’s no coincidence that Flat Earther popularity is resurging at this point in American history. I’m afraid it’s political and almost always has been. Therefore, I apologize in advance for this not being a geology-based article, however, it’s important to discuss the basic history of this notorious idea and provide a proper framework to understand the baffling reality that people really believe this stuff.