Flat, Convex, or Concave Earth? It Depends on Your Lens
This video was sent to me as I have a strong interest in the topic of whether the earth is a ball or a flat surface.
As I journey towards truth, popular sources still tell me it’s a ball but all my senses tell me it’s immovable and flat…
The first thing that caught my attention was at 1:23 into the video the narrator said “His work was rewarded when NASA commended his work.”
When I reviewed the video again, the second thing I noticed was the incredible variation of curvatures. These three images, are three different screen shots from the very same video. Go look for yourself…
The top is clearly concave.
The middle, as flat as a pancake.
The bottom, “NASA convex”
Something is fishy here and methinks it’s the lenses.
My conclusion is that this craft was outfitted with a fish eye lens (from now on lightly dubbed ‘fishy lens’) and cannot be trusted as a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (“WYSIWYG”) video result.
It also reinforced the fact that unless one personally inspects the camera equipment being loaded onto a craft, and personally confirms the final product has not been tampered with, one cannot fully trust the video results other than for non curvature-proving purposes. I personally enjoy this video, but I cannot use it as any form of ‘proof of curvature’ – unless you believe the earth is a bouncy castle (that sounds really fun, by the way).
This video by Rob Skiba is another great one that shows amazingly weird effects that camera lenses have on the surface of the earth.
This also highlights the growing need for a ‘freedom approach’ to these projects where free software (publicly available source code, built by community) runs everything. Ubuntu with Snappy Ubuntu and ability to run on very small devices is one example I see fitting well here. As we get further and further buried under technology and information, the more we all need to take an active role in maintaining the freedom of said information.
Can we fully trust NASA to give us the untampered photos, videos, and live feeds that we need to make such important world view decisions?
Based on what I have seen so far, I would boldly say ‘No.”
It’s time for an increase in WYSIWYG community-built projects to find out for ourselves what our world looks like.