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Flat Earth Community / Koreshan Community and the Hollow Earth
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:52:14 AM »
Has anyone here done any reading on the Koreshan Community of the late 1800s? I find this particular account to be of interest.

"Previous experiments with the Illinois Drainage Canal in Chicago and on the shore of Lake Michigan encouraged Morrow to devise a method of measuring the curvature of the earth exemplified by the surface of a large body of water.

A straight, 4-mile, north-south beach near Naples provided a site for an ambitious experiment. He designed four "rectilineators" each precisely 12 feet long and perfectly square and level.

Teed commissioned the Pullman Railroad Car Company to build the mahogany and brass contraptions. One has survived is on display at the Koreshan State Park.

On the beach, Morrow bolted his rectilineators together and positioned them with a plumb bob and spirit level to furnish a reference.

Surveying data was computed each quarter-mile and compared to the water level of the Gulf of Mexico in caissons that dampened wave action.

If the beach were on the inside of a ball, the survey live would tend up. If the earth were round, the line would tend down.

The survey line tended down which inadvertently allowed Morrow to compute the correct circumference of the earth at 25,000 miles.

However, when Morrow corrected "human errors" in reading water levels in the caissons, he proved to his and Teed's satisfaction that we did, indeed, live inside a ball."

Does anyone have any other resources on these experiments? Any thoughts on what went wrong, and why it showed the earth was round? What were the corrections that were made to show the earth was concave?

Flat Earth Investigations / Eratosthenes Experiment Duplicated
« on: March 21, 2019, 04:50:14 PM »'_measurement_of_the_circumference_of_Earth

Found this interesting little duplication of Eratosthenes experiment.  It was done with a 3rd city. 

Would anyone like to critique this or debunk it?

Here is another website with schools that have uploaded their measurements. A map shows plenty of schools on the same longitude, and therefore we could take that data and compare doing geometry the predicted angles for FE vs RE.

Flat Earth Theory / Aether
« on: March 05, 2019, 12:54:31 PM »
Found this interesting little tidbit.

Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel Laureate in Physics, endowed chair in physics, Stanford University, had this to say about ether in contemporary theoretical physics:

It is ironic that Einstein's most creative work, the general theory of relativity, should boil down to conceptualizing space as a medium when his original premise [in special relativity] was that no such medium existed [..] The word 'ether' has extremely negative connotations in theoretical physics because of its past association with opposition to relativity. This is unfortunate because, stripped of these connotations, it rather nicely captures the way most physicists actually think about the vacuum. . . . Relativity actually says nothing about the existence or nonexistence of matter pervading the universe, only that any such matter must have relativistic symmetry. [..] It turns out that such matter exists. About the time relativity was becoming accepted, studies of radioactivity began showing that the empty vacuum of space had spectroscopic structure similar to that of ordinary quantum solids and fluids. Subsequent studies with large particle accelerators have now led us to understand that space is more like a piece of window glass than ideal Newtonian emptiness. It is filled with 'stuff' that is normally transparent but can be made visible by hitting it sufficiently hard to knock out a part. The modern concept of the vacuum of space, confirmed every day by experiment, is a relativistic ether. But we do not call it this because it is taboo.[17]

So, may it be that the existence of ether is simply a misunderstanding of frame of reference?

Flat Earth Theory / Atmolayer - Wiki
« on: February 26, 2019, 08:41:01 PM »
Wiki on Atmolayer states:

"The Dark Energy Field is a vector field. It has a gradient that is smallest at the interaction of the atmosphere and the field, called the boundary layer. The DEF interacts with the magnetic field of the earth at this boundary layer. These vectors produce a force vector that is orthogonal to the other vectors in four dimensional space. This force vector is always normal to the boundary layer, thus providing a type of forced containment for the atmosphere.
- TheEngineer"

Who is the TheEngineer? What are his sources for the above quoted statement?

Flat Earth Theory / The Antarctic Ice Wall
« on: February 26, 2019, 07:24:44 PM »
Doing some light reading through the Wiki, I came across this in the section about the Ice Wall.

"and that in every direction "human ingress is barred by unsealed escarpments of perpetual ice," extending farther than eye or telescope can penetrate, and becoming lost in gloom and darkness. Some hold that the tundra of ice and snow stretches forever eternally."

First, perhaps this is more of a suggestion for improvement - where are the citations for reference? Where did the quote for "human ingress" being barred come from, and where is the evidence that supports this? It just seems a bit matter of fact, and doesn't allow me to further investigate the claim.  Sure, I could spend a bit of time googling the quote hoping to find its source., but I would expect (just as any good research paper does) is to cite the source in a footnote/bibliography with a numerical reference. Anywho, cheerio.

Flat Earth Community / Flat Earth in other cultures
« on: January 13, 2019, 02:31:42 AM »
Are there any cultures in modern society that subscribe to a flat earth among the entire population? If so, what is the history of that belief? (Just curious, I like history and learning about other cultures).

Flat Earth Community / Samuel Birley aka Rowbotham
« on: January 11, 2019, 06:43:00 PM »
So, I tried to use the search function to find anyone talking about the former secretary of the Zetetic Society, Henry Ossipoff Wolfson. Apparently, he wrote a expose on Rowbotham positing that he was a snake oil salesman, in short. He claimed that Rowbotham went by the name of Dr. Samuel Birley, and that Rowbotham was merely using the Flat Earth theory as a cover to hoodwink people.  Is there any truth to this story being true, and is there any truth to the claims of Mr. Wolfson (if said story is true)?

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