The Flat Earth Challenge

We here at the codex believe very strongly in proving that the earth is flat. It’s a passion for us, and one in which we hope our theistic brothers and sisters will participate.

turtleIt seems hard to believe that the earth is flat. It would require a huge, global conspiracy. And while it must feel uncommonly good to find yourself smarter than most people for seeing through it, we here at the codex think it’s time that Flat Earth is proven!

To that end we propose experiments to prove that the earth is flat. We will offer a bounty of $10,000, to anyone who can provide proof that the earth is flat. We’ll accept any number of proofs, and provide a few suggestions where you and the Codex will participate in an effort to prove that the earth is flat. We will take up the position that it is not, and invite the challenger to prove that it is.

The Codex currently has $2,000 in escrow for the challenge, and will put the remaining $8,000 within 14 days of written agreement on a challenge.

The Codex will pay all reasonable expenses incurred by both sides (including flights, hotels, meals, and scientific equipment required to successfully conduct the experiment).

If the challenger wins, they get full contents of the escrow, which will include the $10,000 bounty.

If the challenger looses, they will reimburse the Codex all of the Codes’s out of pocket costs and expenses for the entire challenge.

The experiment, first done by Eratosthenes circa 210 B.C., Which correctly calculated the circumference of the earth.
The experiment, first done by Eratosthenes circa 210 B.C., Which correctly calculated the circumference of the earth.

 

 

Experiment One: Reproduce Eratosthenes*

(*Note: There are flat earth models which would generate a false positive for roundness on this experiment–such as if the sun were very close to the earth. We believe we’ve found a solution for this, and can modify this experiment to produce accurate results even for a close sun).

The first: the opposition will choose two cities. They must both be in North America (Canada included, Mexico not). They must be a minimum of 800 miles apart from each other. They must be directly north/south of each other, no more than a couple of miles east west of each-other.

The opposition will pick three consecutive days. The opposition and I will meet in the northern city of those days, and we will each have a representative meet in the southern city for those days. On the first day in which there is enough sun in both cities to get a shadow, we will each take out a yardstick and measure the angle of the shadow it produces.

If the angle of the shadow in both cities is identical, this will be considered proof of a flat earth, and opposition will immediately be declared the winner.

If the angles are not similar, the differences will be measured and these measurements will immediately be calculated to resolve for the curvature of the earth. If the calculation is within 10% of what scientists claim is the actual curvature of the earth, the “round earth” side will be declared the winner.

 

Experiment Two: Laser Lake:

The opposition will pick a frozen Lake. That lake will be able to accommodate a line of sight experiment of at least 8 miles (preferably 12). Once the lake is frozen over, the opposition will pick a day, and we will meet the opposition at the lake. This experiment will be done with the laser, or the opposition will pick suitable equipment (such as a theodolite or other tool for accurately measuring elevation.). The device used will be agreed upon by both sides before starting.

We will send a laser beam level across the ice at a height of at least 12′ to minimize the effect of refraction (other precautions may be necessary, and will be spelled out in the procedures before we go to contract). We will take three measurements – one at the source, one in the middle, the final at the destination.

If the laser beam is at the same height all three locations, the Earth will be determined to be flat, and the opposition will immediately be determined to be the victor. If the laser beam is higher at the destination than the source (because the earth is round, and therefore peeling away from the laser), the “round earth” side will immediately be declared to be the winner.

The winning side must declare the position of the opposing side to be correct. The winning side will write and publish a paper on the results, and confirm the accuracy of the opposing side’s position. They will publish this paper in all forums available to them.

 

Experiment Three: Opposition Choice:

If the laser lake experiment can be demonstrated to possibly yield a false positive for a spherical earth, we will accept any experiment that the opposition chooses so long as it meets the following requirements:

  • Combined cost of $10,000 or less in expenses to execute.
  • Both sides may observe the test equally.
  • The test will conclusively demonstrate if the earth is round or flat.
  • It is a scientific test.
  • It passes our own scientists’ examination that it meets the above requirements.

 

The Results:

We will provide access to our scientists for any questions the opposition may have, as well as all the escrow details as to exactly how a victor is determined, and how the money is dispersed. The Codex does not have any say in the dispersal of the funds, they are held exclusively by a third party and will be released based only on the results of the test, and is in contestable by either side (neither side can later claim the test was ‘flawed’ somehow, and back out).

The experiment will be video recorded, and the loser will recant their position, in full, and in perpetuity (baring further, compelling and contradictory evidence), on any and all platforms at their disposal.

All monies for the travel escrow will be deposited 60 days prior to the experiment. All other escrows will be confirmed filled no later than 30 days prior to the experiment. Failure to meet any of these deadlines, or failure to follow through with the experiment will result in escrow payments covering expenses inured to date for the other side, as well as a $1,000 penalty.

ALL payments are made too and from the escrow company. No payments are ever made directly from one side to the other side. The Codex does not accept money for escrow, will never ask for money for escrow, and will never dispense money themselves.

 

FAQ:

 

  • I have Pictures/Memes/Videos proving a flat earth!

As compelling as those may be, a central tenet of flat earth is that all of the pictures, videos and media of a ball earth are fake. If it’s this easy to fake evidence of a ball earth, we certainly could not accept similar evidence for a flat one.

  • What’s to stop you from claiming a fault in the experiment if you don’t like the results?

Each side is given as much time as it needs to vet the proposed experiment before approving it. Once the experiment is approved, both sides agree that the results are binding, and may not try to change the results, post hoc, siting a fault in the design of the experiment. It is up to each side to not approve the experiment until they are confident it will accurately determine if the earth is flat or not. Once the experiment is accepted, claims of fault, by either side, due to air density, diffraction, a fish-eye lens, or any other fault in the design of the experiment, are not grounds for overturning the results.

  • Who will interpret the results of the experiment?

Any experiment must, in order to be approved, have results which can be easily understood by a layman looking at them. Using a laser level, or taking pictures from a weather balloon, all are experiments in which the results should be obvious just by looking at them.

  • If you’re using scientists, can I bring my own scientists friendly to Flat Earth thought?

Of course. Each side may bring whomever they need. However, the Codex will not be bringing scientists to measure the results of the experiment, as all experiments should have results that are obvious to the layman and require no interpretation. We use scientists to confirm the validity of a proposed experiment before we accept it, to ensure that an experiment will measure what it claims to, since the results of the experiment are binding.

  • Who will pay for the cost of the experiment?

The Codex will pay all costs associated with the experiment. However, to avoid people setting up fake experiments simply to get a vacation on our dime, we require the opposing side to put an amount equal to all expenses in escrow. If the earth is flat, you will have that money returned to you with the $10,000 prize. In the unlikely event that the earth is not flat, the Codex will be reimbursed from this escrow

  • Will you recant if the earth is proved flat?

Yes. Each side agrees to give a full-throated recantation of their previous beliefs if the results go against them. If you do not believe you would publicly recant if the experiment shows a round earth, then do not approve the experiment until you find one you sufficiently support such that you would find the results completely conclusive. We will only approve experiments which we believe would be 100% conclusive and expect the same of the other side. Otherwise, what’s the point of the experiment?

  • How do I know the challenge is real?

You will be provided a written contract and all the details of the escrow, and will be able to verify that the funds are there and tied to the terms of the contract. If the escrow company does not satisfy you, you may provide your own escrow service, a nationally recognized one, and the funds will be transferred there.

  • What if the judge believes in a sphere earth. How can he be fair?

The judge is required to certify, not if the earth is flat or round, but if the experiment proves or suggests that the earth is flat or round. The judge is not permitted to rule based on their beliefs, only on what the experiment shows. This is why the experiment must be well defined, produce results which are clear to any layman, without need for interpretation. The judge is not permitted to rule on whether or not the earth is flat, but rather only on the results of the experiment as agreed to in writing before hand.

  • How do you know I’m not just a poser or troll, looking for attention or for a free trip on your dime?

We don’t. But since the looser pays all the expenses for the experiment (for both sides), it’s likely that only people who truly believe in flat earth will take the challenge. Those that don’t believe have no reason to take it, and every reason to avoid it.

 

 

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