Nathan Thompson lives in California, and according to his Facebook profile, he studied at the well-attended University of Life and the similarly popular School of Hard Knocks. He is also the founder of the Official Flat Earth and Globe Discussion Group on the social network. But what does it mean to be a flat-earther? Well – it’s pretty out there.
According to the description of the Official Flat Earth and Globe Discussion Group, it is a “serious scientific page about the shape of the Earth and other misinformations being pushed on the masses by the globalist elite, looking to govern men and secure world domination.” The description also notes that scholars are not allowed to curse or defame their fellow intrepid inquirers when posting in the group.
Flat-earthers believe – as you may be able to tell from the name – that the Earth isn’t a globe at all. It is a theory that has existed throughout human history, to some degree, although perhaps not with the prevalence that some believe. But what’s the basis for thinking the idea is true? Well, there are quite a lot of points of departure, but they all have a single central premise.