Hollow earth

So you’ve heard about the flat earth theory? Of course, you have, who hasn’t. Well tell me, have you heard about the hollow earth conspiracy?

According to a wide audience, the earth could, indeed, be hollow on the inside. It’s true, beneath what we’ve known, and further, than we have drilled, there could be a mysterious region filled with… yeah, you guessed it, nothing – well, almost nothing. It’s complicated.

And I will tell you why this theory is so popular.

Our understanding of the earth’s core is mostly through assumption. Although evidence suggesting a solid core is decent, there’s only so many samples we can retrieve. Various tests for determining the earth has a solid center revolve around geophysical methods which measure the earth’s interior.

Seismic waves and free oscillation frequencies are used, showing what happens when waves pass through various materials – such as water and solid structures. This does seem rather conclusive, but wait! Just because there are a few solid masses detected, this doesn’t mean the earth is not hollow.

The most popular solid earth belief comes from the mineral makeup of the core. The standing belief is that the earth’s core is made up of iron and surrounded by a molten layer. It’s also believed that the core is made up of layers – the iron core, the molten layer, the mantle and the crust – basics you learned about in primary school, right? Again, most of these educated assumptions are made by looking at the laws of inertia and how seismic waves operate. So again, assumptions, no more/no less.

How the “facts” work

Basically, when it comes to theories and fact, this is how it works. We tend to believe one theory until another, more grounded theory surfaces. Then the new theory generally replaces the old one and stands as fact for the majority. And when I talk about theories, I don’t mean crackpot theories created by individuals who delve in hallucinogenic drugs on a day to day basis – although I don’t even like to pass judgment on that way of operating either. I’m talking about reputable individuals with degrees and loads of experience in the field of science.

As for the hollow earth conspiracy, you might be surprised by who stands behind this belief. Intellectuals and military personnel are just a few who support this idea. These believers are some of the most innovative minds in history and present day.

United States Army Captain John Symmes stated,

I declare the earth is hollow and habitable within; Containing a number of solid concentric spheres, one within another, and that is open at the poles 12 or 16 degrees.

So what is this Hollow Earth Conspiracy then? Let me break it down for you.

The hollow earth conspiracy is not a modern belief, by any means. The idea that the earth is hollow goes back for centuries. The first accounts of the hollow earth sound rather, how would you say it, fantastical, but none-the-less, garner a mention or two.

The Buddhists believed a super species inhabited the insides of the earth, coming to the surface only to oversee important events – the inner sanctums guarded by something called a ‘Lama’. Tibetan and Hindu/Indian traditions have similar beliefs with texts referring to the Shambhala Kingdom, a mythical place located somewhere in inner Asia. In India texts, there are stories of great blue beings, the Avatar Rama. These beings, inhabitants of the inner earth, first arrived on air vehicles.

Hmmm, sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

There are stories like these around the world – from the Mayan culture to Canadian beliefs. But it’s the western world with its ‘school-educated’ intellectuals that grasp the attention of the masses. In the 17th century, there was a man who, not only made a name for himself by way of Halley’s comet but also had a noted view on the hollow earth.

Edmund Halley

English astronomer and mathematician, Edmund Halley’s first feat was to calculate the orbit of a comet. In fact, this is what he is best known for, and named for, at that. Although he lived through the scientific revolution, he still managed to publicize a few highly controversial theories in addition to this cosmology interests. Edmund Halley was one intellectual who believed in the hollow earth.

Halley wrote in his publication,

An account of the cause of the change of the Variation of the Magnetic Needle, with a hypothesis of the Structure of the Internal Parts of the Earth.

The truth is, Halley had a rather outstanding view of the hollow earth. He believed that within the earth, our planet that was made from a hollow shell 500 miles thick, was two concentric shells and an inner core. Each shell rotated at various speeds and contained its own atmosphere that could support life. Halley drew most of his influence, concerning this idea, from Isaac Newton, but he wasn’t alone.

Leonhard Euler

Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler had similar interpretations as Halley. Instead of the two spheres, however, Euler simply believed the earth was completely hollow except for the central sun. This central sun provided warmth and light to the technologically advanced civilization which dwelled beneath the surface of the earth.

And there are more intellectuals with die-hard beliefs that support the hollow earth conspiracy.

So what say you? Do you really think there are civilizations living within our world, a world with smaller worlds spinning around another sun?

It’s possible, but no, I’m not convinced. It takes a lot to change the way that I was brought up and taught in school. As of now, I do not believe the world is flat, nor do I believe it is hollow. Although another great man, Admiral Richard Byrd, a high-ranking officer of the United States Navy, traveled to both the North and South Pole, discovering holes which lead to an unknown land. Even though he claims to have seen strange aircraft and highly evolved peoples with their own concerns about our planet. After news reports corroborated his statements about a hollow earth and then commanded to destroy all evidence of these reports, I still question this outlandish theory.

Is the Earth hollow? What do you think?

Maybe it’s one of those things you just have to see to believe.

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Sherrie is a freelance writer and artist with over 10 years of experience. She spends most of her time giving life to the renegade thoughts. As the words erupt and form new life, she knows that she is yet again free from the nagging persistence of her muse. She is a mother of three and a lifetime fan of the thought-provoking and questionable aspects of the universe.