Proof: The Earth is Flat!

An Iraqi "Researcher on Astronomy" and a physicist, Fadhel Al-Sa'd, debates an interviewer on Iraqi television. Is the earth flat? Has this guy ever looked at the Sun or the Moon which are round? Apparently, this is an important question in the Islamic world... or his own tiny little mind. If you listen to the video closely I think you can hear his brain rattling around in his head like a BB in an empty box of cornflakes. I can only hope this is a parody with doctored subtitles.



YouTube video link here


-From the transcript-

Interviewer: Lunar and solar eclipses, sunset and sunrise, and the changing of seasons -- how would you explain all these phenomena, if the Earth is not round, as you claim?

Fadhel Al-Sa'd: The sun circles the Earth because it is smaller than the Earth, as is evident in Koranic verses.

Have you ever seen how the sun moves? I have seen the sun moving. The sun makes one move every 24 hours.

What I say is based on Koranic science. He bases his arguments on the kind of science that I reject categorically -- the modern science that they teach in schools. This science is a heretic innovation that has no confirmation in the Koran. No verse in the Koran indicates that the Earth is round or that it rotates. Anything that has no indication in the Koran is false.



Never mind that the entire scientific community - that Soviet and American alike - including astronauts from other nations have documented proof, even photographic evidence that the Earth is round and the Sun is quite large. In fact, evidence dictates that the Sun is stationary and all the other planets including our own actually rotate around the Sun.

The Sun makes one move every 24 hours? I can't believe he's not debating that there are 24 hours in a day.

So how does he explain it is night in one place and day in another at the same time, presumably if we were flat it'd be uniform? Uniformity is part of his equation I assume. Because the Sun... moves around the Earth... once every 24 hours. So that 'tard says. I'm sure he has a brilliant explanation for world time zones also. Like it's never night and day on Earth in the same 24 hour period. And his ignorance is the "glue" which holds it all together. Not lunes, not meridians, not even the International Date Line exists. Gravity? No, it's wee little leprechauns that keep the universe in balance. Ha ha, my mind is already reeling at the mere thought!

Also the Earth is about 8000 miles (13 thousand kilometers) wide, whereas the Sun is roughly 900,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) across. This means it would take more than 100 Earths to span the width of the Sun! If the Sun were a hollow ball, you could fit about one million Earths inside of it.

If the space between this man's ears were any more hollow, you could fit the sun inside his head. But with a mind as vacuous as his it might disappear into that black-hole-void-of-nothingness we call the "wad of babbling goo".

A thousand years ago, Muslim scientists were at the forefront of Astronomy.
But that was a thousand years ago. Technology has come along and slapped us all in our heads (well, almost all of us).
I'm starting to think religious fundamentalism is a mental disorder.
Unfortunately, like most religious nutbags who have extreme views with no supporting evidence other than their own perceptions and ancient written record, they cling to a belief as deluded and ridiculous as that when all other evidence says otherwise.

So I guess if his theory is correct we can say goodbye to the civilization we know, the Earth is as flat as this guys brain. "I reject your Koranic science because it has no confirmation in my Dr. Seussian Science book 'The Cat in The Hat' which says the Earth is... SQUARE and whatever the Cat in the Hat didn't say is simply not real! I refuse to believe it!"


2 Comments:

Robert Carnegie rja.carnegie@excite.com said...

If this is a parody with doctored subtitles, you expended a lot of fingerstrokes on it. I'm curious to know the source. It's all over blogs. I don't have Flash on this computer so I haven't viewed the show playing. Is the "astronomer" the guy with hideous bat-blind glasses? How does he read? Does he assume that distant objects are blurred for everyone? If doctors do not know how the eye works then how did they make his spectacles? Why do neither of the protagonist names appear in Google (in English form) other than in the context of this TV debate?

Indeed it appears it may have come from this operation:
Programme transcript - http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/1684.htm
Who is that there - http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/aug/12/worlddispatch.brianwhitaker
(as alleged)

So now you don't know who to believe... They should put up an article in Wikipedia or something.

However - the counter-claim seems to be (as of 2002) that MEMRI chooses and emphasises media unflattering to Muslims, not that they make it up or mistranslate it. So maybe it did happen like they say. Or they're really talking about the price of beets.

~Static~ said...

Heyas Robert!

In response to your comment on my article Proof: The Earth is Flat!

I don't know that I expended any more keystrokes on this than any other articles I find of interest. Three or four paragraphs is hardly an expense. Part of it may be that I am not suffering from ADD like it seems the rest of society may be.

Also, I don't necessarily check for accuracy on most articles I may come across. My business is not to report in-depth articles with supporting facts, I report my findings which are often likely devoid of facts or are hearsay and remark about the hilarity of the content. Most news reports, (CNN, BBC, etc) are not accurate anyway, they are usually biased or incomplete or devoid of facts most of the time. You can't always believe everything you hear or read. Many a time I have heard a broadcast and I am left wondering...hunh? They make sense little of the time with not enough evidence or supporting facts to report but the media will often report vague stories anyway.

I am also curious as to how this man came to his conclusions, if he can see through his immensely thick glasses and if this a parody or if he actually believes the Earth is flat. There are some cultures that have different views of the world than people in western culture do. So I wouldn't be surprised by much.

You seem to be correct that the source is MEMRI TV http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/1684.htm
who published the broadcast on Iraqi station Al-Fayhaa TV.

Frankly, I know only as much as you do. The statements could be erroneous or inaccurate, I don't speak or understand farsi or any arabic so you're guess is as good as mine. Good luck with discovering if anything contained in the video is substantiated. And by all means let me know. =)

~Stat

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