Exposing PseudoAstronomy

November 30, 2016

Podcast Episode 152: Modern Flat Earth Thought, Part 3 (Young-Earth Creationists Debunking Flat Earth)

Wow! Young-Earth Christians
Still get some science correct:
A flat Earth is wrong.

Finally out, the second episode for November 2016 just before December hits, is another flat Earth episode. In this one, I make a positive case for Earth being round rather than a negative case for it not being flat. It’s rare that I do these kinds of episodes, but I thought this one in particular would be interesting because I use a young-Earth creationism website to make the argument. As young-Earth creationists tend to reject a lot of modern science, I thought this an interesting pairing. Lots of different lines of evidence are made, including eclipses, ships at sea, parallax, and star visibility.

There are three additional short segments in this episode, the first being logical fallacies (where I went through, very briefly, the three that were talked about in the episode; this was completely unscripted, unlike normal), second being an announcement about why the episode was late (depressed about the US election, then got sick and you may be able to hear a stuffy nose in the episode), and third being feedback: No, I’m not going to debate a flat-Earth proponent.

And, no episode would be complete without microphone issues. I have a new computer I was using and it sounds like when I started doing the three smaller segments, every time I would pause the recording and then re-start, there was some static. Fun times.

Flat Earth Graphic

Flat Earth Graphic



  1. Stuart,

    I have not listened to the whole episode, just read the notes. Good stuff. I would however have added one other thing. I mentioned it last time, the Catholic Churches formula for the calculation of Easter relies on the Earth being a sphere. In the earliest written down version by the Venerable Bede he goes to great lengths to ensure that the reader understands that he is referring to the world as being spherical like a ball and not a circular, flat disk.

    Looking forward to the episode on radiation, I have heard anecdotally, but never found any proof that there are people out there who go into old mines to breath in radon gas in the belief that the radiation from that is ‘natural’ and therefore good for what ails them, unlike the ‘artificial’ radiation made in nuclear reactors.

    Comment by Graham — December 1, 2016 @ 1:40 am | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

    Comment by Vincent S Artale Jr — December 1, 2016 @ 6:55 am | Reply

  3. The “v.v.” that you quoted, but said you didn’t understand the meaning of, must mean “vice versa” .

    Comment by Daniel Anthony Gautreau — December 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am | Reply

    • Could be.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 2, 2016 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  4. No Doubt The FLAT EARTH,Just A Pseudo Science,And Pseudo Science Supporters Can Not To Explaine (Clearly) About The Day Light And The Day Night! 🙂

    Comment by hitambesar — March 17, 2017 @ 3:55 am | Reply

  5. Early this month. Kyle Irving, a star with the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA, major league basketball) said he thinks the Earth is flat. He said ” People should do their own research.” (Like many people he doesn’t know that web-surfing is not research.) As he is a pro athlete his remarks were widely reported. The Huffington Post noted that Irving said “They don’t want you to know (that it’s flat)” but that he didn’t say who “they” are…. BTW: An amusing conspiracist’s observation: Google “Itanimulli.Com” (that’s Illuminati spelled backwards) and see what you get!

    Comment by Daniel Anthony Gautreau — March 17, 2017 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  6. There is a reason why there never were that many flat-earthers even before the development of modern science. If you think at the world can be understood – and has some of the knowledge found useful by ancient Greek sailours – a round Earth makes more sense.

    Comment by Lena Synnerholm — June 7, 2017 @ 3:31 am | Reply

    • From Facebook: The Earth must be round. It it were flat then by now the cats would have knocked everything off the edge.

      Comment by Daniel Anthony Gautreau — June 7, 2017 @ 11:09 am | Reply

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