Voyage to the Edge

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Voyage to the Edge

[cap­tion id=“attachment_110811” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”] Das NarrenSchiff/​Ship of Fools. Sculp­ture in Nurem­berg, Germany.[/caption]

by baldilocks

Sail­ing the ocean blue.

A group of peo­ple who believe the Earth is flat have announced their “biggest, bold­est, best adven­ture yet”: a Flat Earth cruise sched­uled for 2020.

The cruise, orga­nized by the Flat Earth Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence, promises to be a lovely time. Flat earth­ers – who include the rap­per B.o.B. [JAO: don’t ask because I don’t know either.] and real­ity tele­vi­sion per­son Tila Tequila – will be able to enjoy restau­rants, swim­ming pools and per­haps even an arti­fi­cial surf wave.

There’s just one prob­lem for those seek­ing to cel­e­brate the flat­ness of the Earth. The nav­i­ga­tional sys­tems cruise ships, and other ves­sels, use rely on the fact that the Earth is not flat: the­o­ret­i­cally punc­tur­ing the beliefs of the flat Earth crowd.

Ships nav­i­gate based on the prin­ci­ple that the Earth is round,” said Henk Kei­jer, a for­mer cruise ship cap­tain who sailed all over the globe dur­ing a 23-​year career. (…)

Kei­jer, who now works as a foren­sic marine expert for Rob­son Foren­sic, said the exis­tence of GPS, the global posi­tion­ing sys­tem, alone is proof that the Earth is a sphere, not a flat disc. GPS relies on 24 main satel­lites which orbit the Earth to pro­vide posi­tional and nav­i­ga­tional information.

The rea­son why 24 satel­lites were used is because on the cur­va­ture of the Earth,” Kei­jer said.

That ves­sel might be car­ry­ing a more vir­u­lent dis­ease than this one.

Essen­tially, flat-​earthism is the result of remov­ing the basic edu­ca­tional ground which was seeded in most of us Amer­i­cans who are over 50. In that group, even those who weren’t National Merit Scholar mate­r­ial can take the basic seeds of knowl­edge and logic and apply them.

The Inter­net, of course, exac­er­bates the bold­ness of the stu­pid. When you find out that there are oth­ers who think like you, it can cement your opin­ion on any­thing – espe­cially if you’re not in the habit of intro­spec­tion and of re-​thinking old views.

Will I re-​think this opin­ion? Cer­tainly. And when I do, I might walk out to the edge and see what’s down there!

Just kid­ding.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Gab.

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Das NarrenSchiff/Ship of Fools. Sculpture in Nuremberg, Germany.

by baldilocks

Sailing the ocean blue.

A group of people who believe the Earth is flat have announced their “biggest, boldest, best adventure yet”: a Flat Earth cruise scheduled for 2020.

The cruise, organized by the Flat Earth International Conference, promises to be a lovely time. Flat earthers – who include the rapper B.o.B. [JAO: don’t ask because I don’t know either.] and reality television person Tila Tequila – will be able to enjoy restaurants, swimming pools and perhaps even an artificial surf wave.

There’s just one problem for those seeking to celebrate the flatness of the Earth. The navigational systems cruise ships, and other vessels, use rely on the fact that the Earth is not flat: theoretically puncturing the beliefs of the flat Earth crowd.

“Ships navigate based on the principle that the Earth is round,” said Henk Keijer, a former cruise ship captain who sailed all over the globe during a 23-year career. (…)

Keijer, who now works as a forensic marine expert for Robson Forensic, said the existence of GPS, the global positioning system, alone is proof that the Earth is a sphere, not a flat disc. GPS relies on 24 main satellites which orbit the Earth to provide positional and navigational information.

“The reason why 24 satellites were used is because on the curvature of the Earth,” Keijer said.

That vessel might be carrying a more virulent disease than this one.

Essentially, flat-earthism is the result of removing the basic educational ground which was seeded in most of us Americans who are over 50. In that group, even those who weren’t National Merit Scholar material can take the basic seeds of knowledge and logic and apply them.

The Internet, of course, exacerbates the boldness of the stupid. When you find out that there are others who think like you, it can cement your opinion on anything – especially if you’re not in the habit of introspection and of re-thinking old views.

Will I re-think this opinion? Certainly. And when I do, I might walk out to the edge and see what’s down there!

Just kidding.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!