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Flat Earth Debate / Bendy Light, Bendy Earth
« on: June 07, 2012, 11:14:47 PM »
Bendy light, or as it's "officially" called, electromagnetic acceleration, is often used by FEers to explain away problematic things like the horizon and sunrises and sunsets.  The idea is that light is accelerated up perpendicular to the surface of the (flat) earth.  This causes it to bend upwards, hence the term bendy light.  The bending increases with distance.  Objects that are far away, beyond the horizon, have their light bent so much that it passes over the head of the observer, and so they're not seen unless the observer increases his or her elevation.

There's a tiny problem with this, though.  If light were to bend in this way, it would make a flat earth appear curved.

To understand why, look at this glass with a pencil in it.

The water and glass bend the light that the observer is seeing.  Our eyes assume that light travels in straight lines, so this bending of the light makes the pencil appear to be in a different position than it really is.

Electromagnetic acceleration would have a similar effect.

The more light would get bent upwards, the further down the object being observed would appear.  Since the bending increases with distance, a flat earth would appear to curve downwards in the distance.

Here's a crappy drawing using one of Rowbotham's figures from ENaG to illustrate the effect.

The red circle is the observer.  The green line is the flat earth.  The path of the light from points 1, 2, and 3 are drawn in different colors.  Due to the light bending upwards, and the brain interpreting light as moving in straight lines, points 1, 2, and 3 would actually appear at points A, B, and C to the observer.

So here's the issue with bendy light:

If you believe in electromagnetic acceleration, you are in fact admitting that the earth appears to be curved.  It's either bendy light, or the earth appears to be flat.  You can't have them both because they're mutually exclusive positions.

That's all.  Have a nice day.

Flat Earth Q&A / Why did RE win out over FE before space flight?
« on: February 18, 2012, 06:23:18 AM »
What I'm wondering is if the evidence for FE is so (allegedly) compelling, how did RE beliefs come to dominate?

I've seen a lot of references to NASA and a big conspiracy to cover up failed space programs, but by the time NASA came around, the idea had been well-accepted for hundreds of years.

What benefit did pre-space-age authorities derive from switching over to a round earth?  The idea wasn't very popular to begin with, as it challenges the Biblical layout of the world.  In the West, the Church was a huge part of the social order.  Why would they risk potentially disrupting everything for a lie?

Oh, and by the way:  Hello!  I'm Cat Earth Theory.  Nice to meet you all.

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