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He was determined to prove his theory scientifically and launched his own geodetic survey in 1897 to do just that.
Using his "rectilineator," a set of double-T squares made of large logs, he projected a horizontal line until his calculations indicated that it would plunge into the Gulf of Mexico, four miles from its starting point.
This was Teed's proof that the earth's surface is concave and that his rectilineator line had intersected the earth's upward curve.
The scientists had gotten everything backward: It is centrifugal force, not gravity, that keeps our feet planted on the ground. The sphere *is* about 25,000 miles around, just as the scientists say. China is about 8,000 miles away, through the earth's center -- straight up.
The Nazis entertained many occult theories in their quest for world domination, and Teed's was one of them. At one point a Nazi expedition went to the Isle of Man. Its mission: to get secret photographs of the United States by pointing its powerful telescopes *up*.
... What's most infuriating is that a little mathematical fiddling turns this crazy theory into a proposition that is virtually impossible to refute.
The essence of the story, as usually told, goes something like this. In the fall of 1901 J.B. Watson, Chief Engineer at the Tamarack copper mine (S. of Calumet, Mich.) suspended 4250 foot long plumb lines down mineshafts. Measurements showed that the plumb lines were farther apart at the bottom than at the top, contrary to expectations. Thus arose one of the long-standing mysteries of science.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by Sinter Klaas
Well....I'd say, offhand, that what your OP has presented is a general 'ALL-IN-ONE-PLACE' grouping of the various so-called 'theories' of a 'hollow earth' --- compiled and couched in such incredible complexity as to make it seem almost plausible, to those lacking the sufficient scientific chops to see the complete inanity of the entire notion.
This is a very, very common symptom seen in many, many similar "theories" that strive to buck, for whatever reason...('15 minutes of fame'??)...what is normally considered accepted scientific theory.
Problem, with ALL of these --- and I have to use this word --- crackpot ideas is that they stem from, initially, false assumptions and pretenses.
I say "crackpot" because they, unlike the established, well-documented, and scientifically vetted concepts that define our natural world, are usually founded on principles that have no basis, whatsoever, in reality.
Not just this one --- dozens of others. These sorts of on the surface, to the undereducated "stories" are easily swallowed up by the peoples on the fringes....why such people are attracted to this, and not to real science, is difficult to comprehend.
In summary, the whole fringe element espousing this "theory" rely completely on what's called, in various iterations, "pseudoscience" and "junk science" in order to impart a seeming aura of 'respectability'.
They also are heavily dependent on the general public's appalling lack of good scientific education basics, and understanding.
It would be harmless, and comically cute ( like a child's belief in
Sinter-, err, I mean Santa Claus ) except that this "junk" often gets incredible 'traction', so much as to cause a terrible increasing ignorance of things scientific, to the possible detriment of future generations of humans.
[edit on 24 June 2010 by weedwhacker]
Originally posted by rama the indian
In Himalayas, there are innumerable evidences that our elder civilisations still continue to live with more knowledge than us.