There is a report that the Flat Earth International Conference is organizing a big sea cruise for its members. But they seem to have overlooked one important detail.
“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.
“Nautical charts are designed with that in mind: that the Earth is round.”
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.
“A minimum of three satellites are required to determine a position. But someone located on the other side of the Earth would also like to know their position, so they also require a certain number of satellites.
“Had the Earth been flat, a total of three satellites would have been enough to provide this information to everyone on Earth. But it is not enough, because the Earth is round.”
The flat Earthers would be right to distrust navigational systems that are based on a round Earth model because it might erroneously lead them over the edge, the way that GPS systems based on faulty or outdated maps can lead drivers astray. But their chances of finding a crew that uses a flat Earth navigational system are not good.
“I have sailed 2 million miles, give or take,” Keijer said.
“I have not encountered one sea captain who believes the Earth is flat.”
You might wonder why the cruisers aren’t scared of falling off the edge. As I wrote back in November, there are two competing flat Earth models: one has a dome over the Earth and the other does not. The people going on the cruise believe in a dome so that may explain why they are not afraid of falling off the edge. The worst is that they’d run up against the dome wall, sort of like the Jim Carrey character in The Truman Show.
It would be a little trickier for the domeless members of the competing Flat Earth Society. They say that Antarctica is the boundary of the flat Earth and consists of an ice wall all around the circumference of the Earth, the kind of massive wall that Donald Trump can only dream about. But as long as they don’t run into it so hard that they blast a hole through it or go over the top, they should be safe.