Neil DeGrasse Tyson And B.o.B. Engaged In Earth-Flattening Debate

Science and facts are two effective tools to use in any debate, and Neil deGrasse Tyson jumped on rapper B.o.B. for his beliefs that the world is, in fact, flat by using exactly those strategies. B.o.B. hit the Twitterverse a few days ago to reinforce his belief with what he believed was proof that the earth was flat.

According to CNN, B.o.B. cited among his array of evidence of the world’s flatness the horizon’s line always being at eye level regardless of where you might be situated.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson And B.o.B. Engaged In Earth-Flattening Debate
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Neil deGrasse Tyson was quick to point out to the rapper that a picture might be worth a thousand words, but in this case, science could speak volumes. He pointed out to B.o.B. that Earth’s curve would actually block out slightly less than what was indicated in the images that the rapper had posted, and according to Gawker, Neil deGrasse Tyson was also quick to point out just how behind in his thinking that B.o.B. actually was.

B.o.B. was quick to reward those who agreed with him with a retweet, while countless others who followed both the musician and the scientist were merely enjoying the “show” as it played out on Twitter. While Neil deGrasse Tyson was patiently explaining to B.o.B. why the earth could not be flat, the rapper insisted that people should conduct research of their own into the matter.

To be sure, B.o.B. is not the only person on Earth to believe that the planet is flat. Television personality Tila Tequila also made headlines earlier this month for her assertion that the earth was flat, according to Huffington Post, and there are countless others who also believe the planet lies flat.

In truth, Earth is a bumpy spheroid and yes, Antarctica is a continent and not a “wall,” as purported by the flat Earth theorists. However, the flat earth argument that B.o.B. is putting forward is not the most interesting thing that the singer has put on his timeline lately — the singer also says that he is merely trying to question things in the world as they have been proposed.

In fact, B.o.B. is so confident in what he is saying about the earth being flat that he has sampled an out-of-context piece of Neil deGrasse Tyson in a new song he’s just dropped, called “Flatline.”

The rapper suggested that Neil deGrasse Tyson needs to “loosen up his vest” in the wake of their Twitter feud, according to New York Daily News. He added that he was merely speaking out in a world where he felt that the population as a whole had been deceived by the scientific community.

“I’m going up against the greatest liars in history,” B.o.B. tweeted. “You’ve been tremendously deceived.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson And B.o.B. Engaged In Earth-Flattening Debate
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The rapper also appeared to acknowledge the concern that seemed to erupt for him in the wake of his flat earth declarations on Twitter. He tweeted that he was not taking anything stronger than marijuana and that he was not suffering from any sort of condition that would lead him to continue to go head to head with Neil deGrasse Tyson, unquestionably one of the greatest astrophysicists of our current generation.

Regardless of what has influenced B.o.B. to come out about his belief in a flat earth, it is a virtual certainty that his new song “Flatline” will skyrocket, leaving Neil deGrasse Tyson smiling that he made the rapper’s latest cut.

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