Atlanta-based Rapper B.o.B believes the Earth is flat, and to prove it, he announced that he would be starting a GoFundMe page. Because intellectual honesty isn’t a requirement for having a GoFundMe, apparently. His fundraiser states:
What’s up guys! Help support B.o.B purchase and launch one, if not multiple, satellites into space. He’s donated 1k to the cause to get it going, and will be keeping you updated with step-by-step documentation of the process! Help B.o.B find the curve!
He wants to launch satellites into space to prove the Earth is flat. There aren’t enough facepalms for that.
This isn’t the first time B.o.B has gotten himself in trouble with this flat Earth nonsense. Early last year, he got into a fight with charismatic science communicator and astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson:
@bobatl Duude — to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016
It should be noted deGrasse Tyson is giving B.o.B far too much credit here. People knew the world was round in the 1500s. In fact, the Ancient Greeks knew the world was round, and Eratosthenes of Cyrene, the father of geography, was one of the first people to get a reasonably good measurement of the equator.
This divergence from the point is just to illustrate how utterly, absolutely, wrong B.o.B is. Eratosthenes did his famous experiment in the second century BC. B.o.B isn’t just rejecting 500 years of thinking, he’s rejecting better than two millennia of it.
This, for the curious, is what’s called “being fractally wrong.”
Of course, this sort of thing has never stopped people before. That’s why his GoFundMe has raised $2,011, with the intent of launching multiple satellites into space so he can see the curvature of the Earth.
Instead of, you know, watching the International Space Station live feed like any reasonable adult would:
And that’s why the GoFundMe page has such magnificently stupid comments like this:
B.o.B is demonstrating how not to do science, as explained by Karl Popper. Scientists don’t try to prove a hypothesis. They set out to disprove hypotheses — this is called falsificationism and it’s the epistemological method that distinguishes actual science from regressive pseudoscience trash like this.
Not that he cares. No amount of counterfactual evidence will convince him he’s wrong. After all, if the world were flat, that would make orbiting it impossible — so how the hell does he think these satellites are going to stay up there? Magic?
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