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…
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.
For more see:
Unmuseum Hollow Earth
Skeptic Dictionary: Hollow Earth
Hollow earth pole photo debunked.