As an unabashed contrarian, I admire Kyrie Irving’s desire to buck conventional wisdom. Debate is usually more stimulating than agreement. The catch is, there has to be something worth debating. Talking circuitously about whether the earth is flat doesn’t qualify.
Kyrie Irving’s dizzying interview with the New York Times largely focused on his longstanding flirtation with the debunked theory. WEEI’s John Tomase brilliantly called the sit-down a “boomering of circumlocution.”
When Irving introduced his flat earth conspiracy mongering last winter, it seemed like some sort of deeper commentary on the dangers of printing unchecked lies from people in positions of power. It was very cool and meta. Now it’s just ridiculous.
Irving doesn’t explicitly say whether he thinks the earth is round or flat. He claims he’s broaching the topic for the sake of broadening our discourse.
“Can you openly admit that you know the Earth is constitutionally round? Like, you know that for sure?,” Irving asked interviewer Sopan Deb. “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. It’s fun to have that conversation. It is absolutely fun because people get so agitated and mad. They’re like, “Hey man, you can’t believe that, man. It’s religious, man. It’s just science. You can’t believe anything else. O.K.?” Cool, well, explain to me. Give me what you’ve known about the Earth and your research, and I love it. I love talking about it.”
There’s nothing “fun” about debating settled science. We know the earth is round, because there are pictures of it. People have traveled around the world and not fallen off. It’s even a step below debating the existence of dinosaurs, because, well, we have real-time satellites that prove it.
Irving won’t outwardly say the images are doctored. Instead, he says he does research on “both sides” of the issue. But sometimes there aren’t two sides to an issue. Right is right. The earth is round.
There isn’t any real harm in Irving peddling nonsense. In the interview, Deb references a middle-school teacher who says his students believe Irving. They won’t forever. One day they will grow up and realize it isn’t. Maybe they’ll look at a globe.
But it just all seems so pointless. It’s hard to see what Irving gains from resuscitating a 2,000-year-old debate, except annoying the masses. Perhaps that’s his true goal.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog