When news stories about Flat Earthers (the term used to describe people who believe that the Earth is flat) show up, we tend to dismiss them as a big pile of insanity. However, a recent conference of Flat Earthers held in Birmingham, England proved that their insanity comes in many different flavours. As it turns out, the people who think that NASA and other scientists all lie about the shape of the planet don’t just believe that the earth is flat, but a wider variety of craziness. There are people who believe we live on a sheet of paper, or even a diamond.
There was the three-hour presentation which contended that the universe is a giant egg. There was the Manchester musician who posited that the Earth is the shape of a diamond. And another who believes that the moon is a projection.
One of the speakers at the conference, a dance musician and not a scientist, insists that the planet is actually diamond-shaped, with flat sides. How would such an object be supported? By massive pillars, of course!
Still others have even more crazy theories. The Earth, according to Nesbitt, is more likely a diamond shape, with East-West travel facilitated by 4D space-time warps along the edges, allowing for a “Pac-Man” version of reality – where a traveller might sail off one side of the screen, and appear at the other side. That diamond is propped up on seven circular pillars, “because God likes the number seven”. This version, he explains, fits the evidence better, and is supported by the Bible, in the book of Job. One of the speakers at the conference, a dance musician and not a scientist, insists that the planet is actually diamond-shaped, with flat sides. How would such an object be supported? By massive pillars, of course!
A whopping 200 people attended the Birmingham conference on seeing Youtube videos claiming that they have evidence that the earth is in fact a flat and resulting in a planet-sized facepalm from the ghost of Columbus.
“When people ask me what I believe, I can’t say that I believe in anything 100%”, the speaker told the audience during his opening address. “Apart from that we don’t live on a globe”.
What really puts things into perspective is that the Flat Earthers think that the rest of the world is as crazy as we think they are. To their credit, there are members of the Flat Earth community who are dedicated to disprove the globe model through scientific experiments: some use lasers over bodies of water to try to attempt to observe curvature, others creating complex 3D models to explain the movements of the Sun and stars. Even one who attempted to launch himself into space on a homemade rocket.
Other speakers focus not on experimentation, but on observation and “common sense”. Dave Murphy, something of a celebrity in the Flat Earth movement after appearing on Macedonian TV in 2016, dedicated his talk to “debunking the debunkers” – bombastically dismissing arguments from renowned physicists like Neil Degrasse Tyson. However, it was hard not to be charmed by Dave’s confidence and charisma as he took audiences through some of the criticisms levelled at his theories, even if his understanding of scientific facts left a lot to be desired.
NASA and other actual scientists and researchers rarely take the time to address the claims of the Flat Earth community, mainly because they’re so laughable it’s hard to even bring them up without breaking into fits of laughter.