While the ancient Greeks were among the first to perceive that the Earth is spherical, there were still individuals who thought that couldn’t be possible, the Earth had to be flat. Because the ground is level and clearly flat.
This “levelheaded” thinking is, relatively, what makes up more current flat Earth beliefs. In the last century an entire group — the Flat Earth Society — has grown up around it. The nineteenth century variant of this was called the Zetetic Society, which eventually disbanded.
A Twitter dispute among astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and rapper-singer Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. (known as B.o.B), raised the debate of the flat Earth theory, and it inevitably transformed into a full-out rap battle.
B.o.B initiated things on Monday when he began tweeting about how he truly knows the Earth is flat. He tweeted additionally regarding why he knows NASA is concealing the reality about the edge of the world. Also, he shared several futile charts about Earth including one about flight routes.
The rapper posted more than 50 tweets, including “I’m going up against the greatest liars in history … you’ve been tremendously deceived”.
Once you go flat, you never go back
— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 26, 2016
Tyson logged on to Twitter, and reacted accordingly. He clarified why the Earth was round, in a brief chain of tweets.
@bobatl Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way. No law stops you from regressively basking in it.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016
On Monday night, B.o.B threw together a song, about the why the Earth is flat, called “Flatline”. In the track, B.o.B yells, “Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest / They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check,” and even plants part of a discussion by Tyson in which he states, “So it’s not actually a sphere, it’s an … it’s oblate, it’s officially an oblate spheroid.”
Tuesday evening, Tyson’s nephew released his own track, called “Flat To Fact,” composed and rapped by his nephew, Stephen Tyson. He tweeted: “As an astrophysicist I don’t rap, but I know people who do. This one has my back.” Here’s the song:
“Very important that I clear this up / You say that Neil’s vest is what he needs to loosen up? / The ignorance you’re spinning helps to keep people enslaved, I mean mentally.”
I strongly encourage everyone to listen to both the tracks in full, and even check out B.o.B’s and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s twitter accounts.