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There are people who believe that Earth is flat. Seriously.

Although it’s hard to believe there is still a large group of people who believe that Earth is flat. Seriously. It’s not a joke.

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Flat Earthers, as they refer to themselves, believe in the round Earth conspiracy theory orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies. The Flat Earth believers says that our planet is a disc with the Arctic in the center and Antarctica around the rim. The rim is ended with a 150ft (45m) tall wall of ice guarded by governmental agencies to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc.

There is also an explanation for the day and night cycle. According to Flat Earthers the sun and moon are spheres measuring 32 miles (51 kilometers) that move in circles 3,000 miles (4,828 km) above the plane of the Earth. They work like a spotlight providing light in a 24h cycle to different places of the disc. The moon phases are explained by an invisible “antimoon” that blocks the visibility of the moon.

Obviously there is no physical, empirical or mathematical proof to that statement that I don’t even want to call a theory. Interestingly, although it sounds crazy there’s an entire Flat Earth Society with over 500 members!

 

So where do such a crazy ideas come from?

Well we live in times when there is a place where people can easily share their conspiracy theories. This place is called the Internet and now everyone can share with the world their quasi-scientific ideas. In the times where the Internet is the main source of knowledge for many people and the trust to governments is so low, people will believe in anything.

Many people believe in what they read online. If there is some logic behind it and a bit of scientific language they assume that it’s truth. Frankly speaking I find it sad but on the other hand it’s also a bit fascinating. You can create any idea… And there will be always someone who will believe in it.

P.S. And for those who still need some more assurance that the earth in truly round 😉 take a look at this article from National Geographic and what this short video:

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Google Earth VR puts the whole world within your reach

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Since the dawn of history, one of the largest and craziest dreams of mankind, was “immediate transportation”. There are many books, comics, conventions and films that show us how the technology can evolve but we live in times when we achieve this futurist visions everyday…

Google is one of the organization that has a capacity to bring the technologies of tomorrow to our daily life. The company decided to introduce Google Earth to VR, making the best use case ever for the virtual reality and to be honest, this is the reason to buy the virtual goggles. The idea is simply amazing and I love it. You can explore the world’s cities and immediately “teleport” to the top of the sierra mountains. Amazing.

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The technology lets you can look around, walk and even a fly. You can glide through the sky and dive through canyons like a bird! The overall effect depends on the quality of Google Earth images. That’s why the app has couple of pre-selected cities around the world including New York and Rio de Janeiro among other, to get the full experience. Using the controllers of HTC Vive, you can click and drag your favorite places, and there is a lot to explore.

The only downside is you and your resistance to closed environment because the longer you use it, the greater chance for a headache, which is so far typical for VR devices. Nonetheless the experience is amazing! The application gives you a lot of fun and allows you to experience virtual reality in a unique way. Currently it’s available at Steam store. If you are a gadget lover like me, I would seriously consider to download and try it, especially if it’s for free.

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