This post title is not a dig at Steph Curry, but it could be. I was going to avoid saying something about this altogether, because it seems adding to the static of a debate on whether or not the world is flat is fucking stupid.
Over the weekend, Shaquille O’Neal joined Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green as NBA superstars who argue against the round-ness of the world. The thing I hate about their argument isn’t its illogical nature, but rather they only go half-in with it, which makes me think they don’t even have a sound grasp on paranoid conspiracy theory.
The general argument posed by men who made millions of dollars using a ball and gravity is that since there are basic ideas taught in school labeled as factual but turn out to be untrue, the entire legitimacy of education must be questioned. Shaq’s example is that North America was not discovered by Columbus, even though it is taught to have been. He’s not wrong, he’s just comparing an apple to the entire scientific definition of how oranges are categorized by saying they’re both fruit.
His argument is easy enough to laugh at, but what really bothers me is the lack of energy with this dismissal of reality. The entire basis of knowledge in the universe is apparently up for grabs with these guys, and the best they can think of is a centuries-old falsehood? If you’re going to deny the earth is round, go all in and join up with Elon Musk and say we’re all in a simulation and that there really is no spoon.