Joe Rogan is an angel put here to lead us to salvation.
Rogan, host of the impossibly popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast, spent nearly an hour on the April 18th episode verbally jousting with frequent guest Eddie Bravo about whether or not Earth is flat. An hour! At one point Bravo, a third degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and conspiracy theory connoisseur, proffered the theory that "globalists," including NASA and the European Space Agency, aided by their godless acolytes in the mainstream media (MSM), had schemed together to perpetuate the idea that the Earth is round in order to enslave mankind.
A brief excerpt of their exchange:
Rogan: "Why not indulge the full realm of possibilities and not cling to the conspiracy every single time?"
Bravo: "No. No. NASA can get pictures—they've been doing CGI composites this whole time…"
Rogan: "Please answer my question. Forget about stating what NASA does. Please answer my question. Why do you always go toward the conspiracy? Why do you never consider the possibility…"
Bravo: "Too many lies. Too many lies."
Rogan: "But Eddie they're not the same people."
Bravo: "It's all the same."
Rogan: "So everybody's lying?"
Bravo: "Yes. It's a global thing. They're all in on it."
Bravo, who repeatedly claimed to be "crazy" throughout the exchange to diffuse Rogan's counter-arguments, suggested that people are more easily controlled if they believe they're standing on a "ball" as opposed to a flat surface.
"You're on a ball," he said. "You're nowhere. Don't try to go anywhere. Just stay there and work."
The Earth, of course, is round, perhaps most famously confirmed by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, whose crew successfully circumnavigated the world on a voyage between 1519 and 1522. (Magellan himself died before completing the voyage.) Nevertheless, stories abound of so-called "flat Earth" proponents: In June 2016, an argument between a Canadian father and his son's girlfriend, who believed the Earth is flat, grew so heated that a fire broke out after a propane canister was flung into a nearby hearth. Several months earlier, in January 2016, celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson got into a "Twitter battle" with a rapper, B.o.B., over whether or not the Earth was flat.
"If you want to think the world is flat, go right ahead," deGrasse Tyson later said on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. "But if you think the world is flat and you have influence over others, as with successful rappers, or even presidential candidates, then being wrong becomes being harmful to the health, the wealth, and the security of our citizenry."
Motherboard has reached out to NASA and the European Space Agency for clarification on what, if any, role they may have played in misleading us into believing that we're living on a giant, round ball.
Update, April 20, 2017: The European Space Agency has categorically denied misleading people into believing the Earth is round, with a representative telling Motherboard that it "does not do this." NASA has yet to respond to Motherboard's request for comment.