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An Old Conspiracy Theory Made New Again—Many Still Believe the Earth Is Flat

Conspiracy theorists have been around, well, since the beginning of recorded history.  One group, in particular, have held the same belief for eons—those termed as “flat earthers.”

This specific group is nothing new like stated before, having been around since the beginning of history.  However, there has been a recent resurgence in the theories they hold, with many highly educated individuals spouting the argument themselves.

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One such individual resides in east London, and recently offered an outline of what many consider a far-fetched presentation of his belief that the Earth is indeed actually flat.  Safvan, a 23-year-old India born bilingual science graduate seems to appear to hold what is deemed as rather outlandish views about planet Earth.

What is proving to be to the bemusement of many, Safvan is considered part of what is a very quickly growing online community, that as a whole completely rejects the conventional wisdom and beliefs that the Earth is round.

Safvan, a masters student, stated that when he was 18 years old, he was studying the properties of water, and that was when he claims he first realized that the world is flat, and not round.  In an interview with MyLondon, Safvan stated “Water couldn’t curl into a ball like that.  Even with gravity, it’s impossible.”  He went on to back up his statement by saying “I have done my research for a very long time.”

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Part of his reasoning includes that if we were to accept that the Earth is indeed the size that scientists state it is, then reason dictates that there is a required amount of curvature of the globe itself, per mile.

With the acceptance of this curvature being required, then it only follows that it would be pretty much an impossibility for those on the opposite side of Lake Michigan to actually view the skyline of Chicago.

Whether or not the Earth is round or flat is a discussion that will, as it has throughout history, continue to rage on, with each side feeling that their findings provide the definitive proof to their claim.