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“I mean, history has shown even back then, our biggest scholars did think the Earth was flat.”

Thus begins Kyrie Irving in a conversation with the New York Times’s Sopan Deb about his cosmological and geographic observations. Irving, who by all accounts is an intelligent and thoughtful man, spoke to Deb at length on the issue, never quite providing a solid answer but bringing up numerous reasons to be skeptical of Earth’s roundness:

Everything that science breeds, and you have specific scientists that are giving all this information. I wanted to open up the conversation, like, “Hey man, do your own research for what you want to believe in.” Our educational system is flawed.

Ah yes, the Creationist defense. A good start.

Can you openly admit that you know the Earth is constitutionally round? Like, you know that for sure? Like, I don’t know. I was never trying to convince anyone that the world is flat. I’m not being an advocate for the world being completely flat. No, I don’t know. I really don’t. It’s fun to think about though.

I can, yes, openly admit I know the Earth is round. I have traveled in an airplane that had windows. I have watched video from a satellite in low earth orbit.

Like I said, I do research on both sides. I’m not against anyone that thinks the Earth is round.

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Great! We can be friends, then.

It’s mentally stimulating to hear because there absolutely are scientists or engineers that have said, “Hey man, I believe the Earth is flat.”

Were they Christian Scientists and train engineers?

Anyway, go read the interview. There’s a bunch of dumb bullshit in there about some stupid upcoming branding nonsense but just ignore that stuff.

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[New York Times]