NBA players and the flat Earth theory

I don’t know how it began, but a number of famous basketball players are flat-Earthers. Yea, they legitimately believe that the planet we live on is flat, not round.

It’s all due to this new anti-science mentality going around these days. A large number of people would rather believe in conspiracy theories than cold-hard facts, because unless they can see it for themselves, they don’t want to believe it. This is propagated by Facebook pages and YouTube channels that try explaining the anti-science using extremely simplistic and completely incorrect examples. I have to assume, now, that every major human achievement nowadays is accompanied by a far-fetched conspiracy theory.

“Space may be the final frontier
But it’s made in a Hollywood basement” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers said it best in their song “Californication”. Is California culture where all these conspiracy theories came from? I don’t know, but there certainly are a number of rich and famous people living in Los Angeles that believe some really crazy things.

An article came out recently exposing Shaq as a flat-Earther too. Come on man, not Shaq! This guy is on television all the time. He’s a likable guy. But seriously, unless he’s talking about basketball, don’t listen to him.

I really want to believe he was joking when he said this:

“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*** 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 outside 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.” – Shaq

Shaq is far from being the only one. Kyrie Irving is also a flat-Earther, and he has told us so on multiple occasions. To him, he is just passing it off as having his own beliefs, as if everything is up for debate and facts don’t exist.

There is absolutely no reason for me to jump in here and debate a flat-Earther, but I will say this: if you honestly believe the Earth is flat, you are calling thousands of hard working people around the world liars. You are calling NASA liars. We have walked on the moon. We have satellites orbiting the Earth, and we have spacecraft far far away from Earth exploring other planets and someday other solar systems. Please just cut it with this flat-Earth theory.

Blogging Again

For awhile now, I’ve wanted to restart my blog but I didn’t know how I wanted to do it. I thought that maybe I would write on important topics and only try to publish high quality blog posts, but that was several months ago and I haven’t published a single one.

When I first started blogging, I did it on a site where you could earn money from views and interactions. In an effort to earn myself some much needed cash, I would write five or so blog posts a day, covering literally anything I wanted. I wrote about my day, I wrote about the Columbus Crew soccer team, and I wrote about esports. Now, I’d like to finally get back to that, even though I won’t be earning any money. I’d just like to speak my mind, and this is the start.

It doesn’t matter how long the blog posts are, and it doesn’t matter what the topic is. This type of writing is something I’ve missed since I began devoting myself to esports journalism two years ago. When you only post objective facts, with some slight opinion thrown in, you don’t really get to speak your mind. I was good at it, in my own opinion, but I think I began to lose my flow because I was only writing in a single style and not changing it up. My old writing style was a bit more quirky and fun. Hopefully I can get back to that.

So, this blog is back and I don’t plan on changing the name again. I plan to write about anything and everything, hence the name ‘Chemistryandstuff’. Thanks for continuing to visit!