Exposing PseudoAstronomy

October 15, 2011

Podcast Episode 8 Is Posted: The Hollow Earth

This is actually a topic I have NEVER addressed in my blog before, in part because it’s a lot of quotes from various people and it’s a pain to transcribe. In this episode, I spend the first half going through some of the actual “science” claims of the hollow Earth, including some of the history. I spend the latter half of the episode discussing four independent, distinct ways that we know Earth is not hollow.

This is also my longest episode so far (other than the live talk). As I state at the beginning of this episode, I don’t know how long episodes are going to evolve to be. In a manner of speaking, they’ll be as long as they “need” to be to address the singular topic I’ve chosen for the episode. Just like when a teacher gives that response for the required length of a paper, I know it’s unsatisfying. But I also don’t know how long it’s going to take to address each topic. I thought initially when I started the podcast it would be in the 10-20 minute time frame. Obviously I was mistaken for the last few. We’ll see what happens.



  1. Re: Length vs. frequency, a respectful request

    I would rather receive a good podcast on a predictable schedule than a ripping fantastic 2-hour podcast every once in a while. At some point, you may deal with a topic that requires you to go over 20-30 minutes, and I will be very happy to download it and I will consider it a bonus.

    Now, to discuss content: You played a clip of (f)Art Bell and a guest talking about Admiral Byrd’s supposed diary entry describing a hollow earth. I would have liked you to address this claim specifically. When you reference whacky ideas, please take the time to knock them down. Is there an extant diary by a real Admiral Byrd? Was it published? Is it fake? Just a few words of commentary would have been helpful. Remember: your listeners are smart, but they are also busy. You don’t have to do their homework for them, but please realize that your podcast is a way of pointing them (and me) to the references so they can do their own homework.

    Thank you for your wonderful podcast.
    I admire your dedication, and I look forward to may future episodes.

    -Charles in San Diego

    PS: I meant for this to be an email, but can’t find an email address anywhere. Cheers.

    Comment by Charles in San Diego — October 17, 2011 @ 2:28 am | Reply

    • Hi Charles. Not entirely sure why you couldn’t find my e-mail address. It’s linked up on the About page of this blog, it’s all over the podcast’s website, and there’s a feedback form on the podcast’s site. And for future reference, you can always send e-mail to stuart@sjrdesign.net or feedback@sjrdesign.net. Anyway, thanks for the feedback on the time.

      The clip was George Noory introducing Byrd. I’ll try to address it int he feedback for the next show. It’s hard to know exactly what to address and what not to, like also in this episode I had the clip about raising consciousness, but I didn’t address that. But you’re right – Adm. Byrd intro was specific to the hollow Earth mythos and I should’ve at least acknowledged it when I talked about the history.

      I’m glad you like the podcast.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 17, 2011 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  2. Great episode. For anyone interested in this subject I highly recommend the book “Hollow Earth” by David Standish.

    I did a little research on the Admiral Byrd claims. They seem to be fabricated and supposedly come form Byrd’s secret diary. What seems to have happened is that two hollow earthers, Ray Palmer and Raymond Bernard, took a few phrases of Byrd’s and spun the entire story of him flying into the hollow earth from those phrases. Palmer was the editor of “Amazing Stories” and Bernard was an author. “Amazing Stories” did run a series called “I Remember Lemuria” which dealt with the hollow earth and UFO’s.

    I don’t know were Byrd’s secret diary supposedly came from, but you can buy a copy of it from Amazon. I would have to do more research, but I suspect the diary is a forgery. Also, according to a book called “Mysteries of the Unknown: Mystic Places” by Time Life, a newsreel made by Byrd showing the interior of the earth supposedly existed, but was only seen by an anonymous woman known by Palmer and Bernard. According to Bernard, the film and evidence of the hollow earth is suppressed by “secret forces.”

    A quick internet search turns up that many UFO and paranormal sites use Byrd’s secret diary as evidence for their claims too.

    Comment by Gerald (riptor) in WV — October 17, 2011 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  3. Hi, Stuart! I’m enjoying your podcasts. One thing missing from your proofs against the hollow earth: photographs from satellites in polar orbit. (I’m assuming that hollow earth and polar openings go together.)


    Comment by Derek Kinsolving — January 5, 2014 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

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