Pseudoscientific expedition: the North Pole Inner Earth project

Almost as nonsensical as flat earth, there is still the idea going around that the earth is hollow. A flashy expedition site is soliciting donations for this trip and subsequent movie. The hype will make your head spin…

NPIEE: The North Pole Inner Earth Expedition.

The science is real. The story is more than 5,000 years old. The legend says that at a certain place above the Arctic Circle, there exists an oceanic depression or an entrance into the Earth. It’s a place where the maritime legend claims sea level isn’t level anymore.

The discovery that the earth is hollow would forever shatter our long-held beliefs about how planets are formed. More importantly, however, discovering life beneath the earth’s crust could potentially provide us with new tools that would allow life on the surface to regain environmental balance, harmony, and possibly even peace. These prospects make the North Pole Inner Earth Expedition the greatest expedition in the history of the world.

It’s hard to know where to begin with this. But they are relying on “legends”. Legend is fine if you have nothing more to go on. Then you investigate and see if there is anything behind it. Centuries later, we know the earth is decided NOT hollow from many lines of converging evidence.

Sometimes, the silliness is go great I can’t help but laugh, point and walk away. There is not a shred of a reason why anyone should put any credence in or contribute funds to such a venture. This is the second bold exploration we’ve talked about recently (see trip to Congo by nonscientists to look for dinosaurs). Once again, we have this epic story of adventure and opportunity with a poor foundation and unprofessional methodology.

If you have a strong constitution, you can look at the “science” portion of this site. It’s HIGHLY “sciencey” but makes no sense. If such work is being carried out, it is not in the context of a hollow earth, it is in relation to planetary science. I’m feeling snookered from their use of real papers and real theory. This is pseudoscience proposed to upend existing science. It left me wondering, why do you need a boat to go to the pole? PLENTY of people have examined the geographic north pole AND the magnetic north pole and didn’t find a hole into the center of the earth. Why would this group think they are going to find anything different?

It’s OK to entertain the idea of legends. They are romantic and exciting and they tell us MOST about the people who recounted them. But when you are dealing with lives and money and huge efforts, to be irresponsible in presenting the justification (or the justification is thin like tissue as in this case of hollow earth) to the public is unethical and shady. It’s false advertising at the least, potential fraud at its worst. I would not donate to NPIEE because there is no rational foundation to this premise at all. This proposal reveals astounding ignorance of the body of scientific knowledge and disrespect to previous researchers that had a damn good reason for exploring the unknown parts of the world. All we may find in this proposed documented expedition to the north pole is investor money going down a big hole.

This is not real.

For more see:

Unmuseum Hollow Earth

Skeptic Dictionary: Hollow Earth

Hollow earth pole photo debunked.

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  13 comments for “Pseudoscientific expedition: the North Pole Inner Earth project

  1. Byron Leon McAllister
    June 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    A friend and I invented (or should I say re-invented?) a hypothesis similar to this while in high school. We called it The “Ivanov Effect,” named for a purely imaginary Russian “scientist” who “discovered” that light takes longer to cross the poles than is to be expected based on what we already know about light. It’s sort of fun to see people actually believing such stuff—we had sense enough not to swallow our own pseudo-science, but then we had healthy minds.

  2. June 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    This “major Park Avenue New York film documentary company” … I wonder what their motives are in funding the expedition. $1.5 million sounds like a cheap way to make a comedy film.

  3. Jeff
    June 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I love how the site says they plan to navigate by use of their ‘special gyroscope’ and ‘intuition’. They should probably get a GPS.

    • Jim M.
      July 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Actually, GPS doesn’t work well at very high latitudes. It has to do with satellite coverage. GLONASS works better, it’s the Russian equivalent of GPS. Also an inertial navigation system would work well.

  4. June 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I love it!

    To take a creationist view of this I’d say, “If the Earth isn’t hollow why are there holes in my back yard?”

    • Moose McNuggets
      June 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      If my head isn’t hollow, then why are there holes in it?

  5. busterggi
    June 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Well if the Earth isn’t hollow why are there holes in my back yard?

  6. Massachusetts
    June 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Compared to this, the Mokele Mbembe expedition looks like the finest of scientific endeavors!

  7. Roger
    June 17, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    I strongly suspect that these “scams” are a way of extracting money, and nothing else…

  8. twh
    June 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    “an entire ocean underneath the Atlantic Ocean” – at least now we know where the water from Noah’s flood went ;-P

  9. Moose McNuggets
    June 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    This is nothing new. The X-Men discovered a hole in Antarctica back in the seventies that led down into a tropical land where dinosaurs still roamed. It was a momentous event. Yet only Marvel Comics had the courage to report the story. The lamestream media, as could be expected (X-Pected?) covered it up. Bet this site denies the TRUTH as well. But I know Wolverine wouldn’t lie about these things.

    • June 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Daredevil was there first!

  10. Scott Godlewski
    June 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    This is terrifying. Every giant monster movie I’ve ever seen starts exactly the same way.

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