Why? We don’t know. Geocentrism is just WEIRD.
A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth.
“Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the trailer for “The Principle.”
In addition to Mulgrew, who played Capt. Kathryn Janeway in “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Nemeis,” the film features several scientists, including Michio Kaku, Lawrence Krauss, and Max Tegmart.
In the trailer, the scientists discuss how the Earth’s unique characteristics make it well-suited for life, in comparison to other planets.
The article does not state whether or not Kate Mulgrew actually believes in the geocentric model of the Universe. And after 7 years on Star Trek (which is way more scientifically accurate that the Bible) I would hope she doesn’t.
The film is partially funded by the controversial Robert Sungenis, who’s a known ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic. He’s previously claimed there is no evidence for the Holocaust and that Jews made a deal with the Devil to rule the world.
He also has a blog called “Galileo Was Wrong”. Oh, dear. Is she hard up for money or something? This is disappointing to many fans. It sounds like another “Expelled”-type sensational film.
Here’s the trailer for “The Principle”:
Tip: Dara O’Malley
Addition (8-Apr-2014): From Steve Novella’s Neurologica It echoes my Expelled association.
Sungenis has made a documentary that does document something useful – the notion that there is no belief so absurd that there isn’t someone who will not only believe it but dedicate their time and effort to promoting it. The human brain can get trapped in even the most astoundingly ridiculous belief, and can contort itself into a Gordian knot of logic and rationalizations.
There is also another lesson, one for science communicators. Carefully vet anyone asking you to be interviewed for their film. We should have learned this lesson from Expelled.
Addition (8-Apr-2014): From Kate Mulgrew’s Facebook page comes this message where she clarifies that she does not share the belief of geocentrism.
She even states she agrees with Lawrence Krauss’ stance on the issue. Coincidentally, Krauss too released a statement today about his participation in the film.
Thanks to our commenters for pointing this out.