The Flat Earth Society Podcast
By The Flat Earth Society
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The Flat Earth Society Podcast - A place for free thinkers to discuss alternative science and unusual ways of viewing the world
||CleanThe Flat Earth Society Podcast - Episode 4 with guest Hollow Earth expert Professor Darryl Jones||Our long, long-awaited fourth episode! Sorry about the delay on this. The next one will be along much faster! In this episode, Michael N. Wilmore sits ...||12 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Flat Earth Society Podcast - Episode 3 with guest Hollow Earth theorist Rodney Cluff||Finally, the long-awaited third episode of the Flat Earth Society podcast! Daniel and Michael chat with Rodney Cluff from OurHollowEarth, arguably the world's foremost Hollow ...||16 9 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Flat Earth Society Podcast - Episode 2 with guest Duncan Lunan (part 2)||Our second episode is the conclusion of our interview with author and astronomer Duncan Lunan. In this final segment, we discuss science fiction and some ...||31 7 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Flat Earth Society Podcast - Episode 1 with guest Duncan Lunan||This is the first episode of the Flat Earth Society Podcast. Flat Earth Society President Daniel Shenton and Vice President Michael N. Wilmore interview author ...||11 7 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Well I thought I'd heard it all, and then I spotted this.
As an avid sceptic, I was prepared to give it a listen just to see where they were coming from with their beliefs. I try never to dismiss something without properly investigating it first. The Flat Earth Theory is the exception to the rule.
First of all they don't even discuss the 'flat Earth theory' in detail. They pretty much skim over it in the first episode (the only episode available when writing this), which I found odd, since it's the core of their activism in the field, and also the name of the podcast. One notable point they make in the 5 minutes (out of an hour and a half) that flat Earth theory is discussed, they mention there are conflicts of opinion WITHIN the flat Earth community. I wonder why that could be? Hmmm. Could it be that the Earth is not flat? Surely not...
How they can seemingly dismiss all the physical, provable and observable evidence that the Earth is actually an oblate spheroid (which means spherical but with a bulge around the center) is beyond me. Magnetic flux, the 'movement' of stars through the sky, shadows length differing, time zones, satellites (including the moon), and not forgetting you can actually see that the Earth is spherical from hundreds of videos and thousands of photographs.
Episode one sees the 2 guys who, apart from their flat Earth beliefs, actually sound (for want of a better phrase) normal and relatively intelligent, which struck me as odd, and makes me wonder how such people can get roped into such crackpot theories.
I will continue to listen purely out of morbid curiosity, and also to test my critical thinking skills along the way. I lost count of how many logical fallacies were committed by the bloke they interviewed in ep 1.
For proper discussion on science and scepticism, I recommend the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast (also available via iTunes).