People still question that the world is flat. Despite considerable evidence for millennia that the earth is spherical, many prominent figures feel compelled to #MakeTheEarthFlatAgain. Once of these astute individuals is PhD-holder and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.
During his podcast with recently-retired NBA star Kevin Garnett, O'Neal discussed the controversy surrounding Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving's endorsement of the "world is flat" theory. Irving subsequently stated that it is "okay to have your own thoughts and be able to function and be able to formulate your own thoughts and opinions and still be able to convey them to other people."
While Irving's point is valid that people should have their own thoughts, some thoughts are a little crazier than others. O'Neal decided to defend Irving's assertion, adding his own theory. He said the following during his podcast:
It's true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind – what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, 'Oh, Columbus discovered America,' but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn't discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this s**t is flat to me. I'm just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it's flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked inside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It's not. The world is flat.
O'Neal posits that because the Earth looks flat to him while he's driving, the Earth must be flat. Forget physics and the numerous photographs of the spherical Earth taken from space; the perspective from over seven feet high is a far greater indicator of the shape of the Earth.
This video gives an incredibly logical and scientific explanation as to why O'Neal is completely wrong.
Once again, another PhD-holder falls flat on the facts. He should stick to sports commentary instead of scientific inquiry.