By RYAN HAYWARD-SMITH/Reuters A flat earth conspiracy theory is spreading online, but one expert says it’s not so much a conspiracy as a “stunningly wrong” assessment of what’s really going on.
“We know that the world is round and the earth is flat.
The problem is that it’s wrong.
The flat earth has been debunked in a way that it should never have been debunked,” said Dr Neil Smith, who has spent 30 years researching the theory.”
The reason it’s so wrong is because it’s been a widely accepted scientific fact, so it’s assumed by everyone who’s ever been a scientist that it has to be true.”
The flat earth theory originated in a book published in 1977 by Arthur C Clarke, the author of The Andromeda Strain, a science fiction series.
In the book, the Earth is round, and it orbits the Sun in an elliptical orbit around the sun.
The Earth is also circular, and the planets circle the sun, but the orbits don’t always coincide.
The idea of a round earth was popularised by science writer George Lucas, who made the film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, in which he described a world in which the earth revolves around the Sun.
In the book he wrote, the earth was “a solid sphere”, but it turns out it’s round.
In The Flat Earth, he writes, “There are four planets in the Solar System.
The sun is the only planet that is not a planet”.
The theory has since spread to the internet and to TV shows like the popular Discovery Channel show Stargate SG-1, where flat earths are mentioned regularly.
It is a popular belief among conspiracy theorists that the earth actually rotates around the center of the Earth.
“It’s so absurd, you can’t imagine how they can be so wrong,” Smith told ABC News.
Smith, who also teaches at the University of Queensland, says there is nothing wrong with his interpretation of what is actually happening.
“I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.
It’s an amazing thing to look at, a brilliant thing to see how we know things we don’t believe,” he said.
The flat Earth theory was created by mathematician Richard Feynman, who invented the electron, and was the inspiration for the fictional character George Bailey.
The story is based on a fictional paper published in 1959 by British physicist Harold Vaynerchuk, which suggested that if the Earth was rotating around the solar system, it should also be rotating around an imaginary, orbiting planet called the Crab Nebula.
The Crab Nebula is a small, dark galaxy that orbits the Earth in the constellation of Hydra.
The author wrote that the star is named after the Crab, because it looks like a crab on the inside of a ball.
The book, The Flat Earthers, was published in 1980.
It was originally called The Flat Men and has been republished several times, including in 2017, when it was reprinted in a paperback edition.
Smith said it was a well-known conspiracy theory, but he wasn’t surprised that people took it to heart.
“It was a very popular theory back in the 80s, and people were getting very, very close to believing it,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“They were like ‘well, this is really cool, it’s true, it could be true.
This is going to be a good book to teach people how to do physics’.”
Smith says he’s seen the idea spread by people who have never read a book about the Earth before.
“When people see a book that has an explanation for the world they are drawn to it and they will immediately believe it,” Smith said.
“There’s no doubt about that.”
Dr Smith says the Flat Earmen theory was one of the most widely shared on social media, and he says it was influenced by other conspiracy theories about the paranormal, and conspiracy theories like the “Star Wars” film.
“If you’re reading a book on the flat earth, you’re likely to think about all these theories that are out there,” he explained.
“You’re probably going to think ‘oh, I wonder if there is a conspiracy there’.
You’re going to wonder if it’s real, and if there’s a conspiracy.
You’re also going to want to see whether there is an explanation.”