Flat Earth theorists are planning a trip to eventually explore Antarctica and reach the end of the world. The Flat Earth International Conference will host an annual meeting in 2020 on a cruise.
For many years people believed that the Earth was flat until Aristotle and the Greeks discovered that the Earth was a sphere. Many people believe that Columbus discovered the world was a sphere during his time. After the advancement of technology, NASA managed to get proof from space that the Earth is indeed spherical. However, there still is a certain population that believes that the Earth is flat and all the pictures and findings of spherical Earth are made up. A group of conspiracy theorists who believe that the Earth is flat has reportedly planned to embark on a journey to Antarctica, to finally see the "end of the world." The prominent members of the group have shown interest in traveling to the distant continent to prove, once and for all, that the planet is not spherical. The news was first reported by Forbes.
While this group of flat earthers is planning their trip, the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC), which is not associated with the Flat Earth Society, will embark on a cruise sometime in 2020 for its annual event. In a statement to Daily Mail, founder of the FEIC, Robbie Davidson said that the excursion in 2020 is nothing but a cruise. He clarified that the group isn't looking at traveling to the end of the world and proving that the planet is a flat surface, any time soon. Well, the cruise ship that Davidson and company are planning to go on uses equipment that relies on the spherical model of the earth to navigate. Interesting.
The plan has been ridiculed by many after they found out about the navigation equipment used on the ship. An upcoming conference for the group will be held in Dallas, Texas in November and marks the third annual event hosted by the FEIC. Getting back to the navigation system on the cruise ship, the GPS uses a network of satellites that orbit the earth that ping off each other to pinpoint one's location. In a report by The Guardian, Henk Keijer, a longtime cruise ship captain gives his thoughts on the FEIC's plans. "I have sailed 2 million miles, give or take. I have not encountered one sea captain who believes the Earth is flat," he said.
The Flat Earth International Conference is a fast-growing group of people that believe the earth is not spherical. They have rejected the heliocentric model of the Earth. In their opinion, the Earth is flat like a disc (some believe it is shaped like a dome) and that Antarctica surrounds the perimeter of the edge to form a sort of ice wall. People from these various group and organizations call themselves flat-earthers. They also believe in other conspiracies such as the moon landing was faked, NASA works to obscure the truth about outer space, and so on.
There have been several documentaries that have been released to debunk the flat-earther's theories. The most recent documentaries and films released to support the spherical shape of the earth are Netflix's Behind the Curve and upcoming mocumentary by the controversial YouTuber Logan Paul. The YouTuber has titled his work Flat Earth: to the Edge and Back. The documentary shows how the YouTube star has shown a lot of interest in these theories recently and has even attended the conference held by Davidson. The documentary released on March 20.
This flat earth documentary on Netflix is out of this wooooorrrrrrrlllllllld. I’m having a very hard time with this level of idiocy.— Joel Birch (@JoelDTD) March 17, 2019
A recent study by researchers at Texas Tech University interviewed 30 people who believe in the theory at a Flat Earth event. Researchers found that all of them but one started to believe in the earth being flat thanks to several videos they came across on YouTube. Media has played a major role in them believing the flat earth theory. Some people have even contacted the streaming service and requested them to tweak their content and their algorithm to spread misinformation. However, YouTube has stopped recommending videos that provide false information and have started to prioritize reliable scientific information.
Dear Lord pls don't let them fall of that edge tee hee— Tracy bergstedt (@TracyBergstedt) March 19, 2019
In an interview with the Daily Mail, a representative from YouTube said, "We recently announced that we'll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content or videos that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat or making blatantly false claims about historical events like 9/11." They have stopped taking such calls seriously.
They added, "This will be a gradual change and will initially only affect recommendations of a very small set of videos in the United States. Over time, our systems will become more accurate and we’re going to roll this change out to more countries. Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole, by presenting information to people who are going to be more susceptible to it. Believing the Earth is flat in of itself is not necessarily harmful, but it comes packaged with distrust in institutions and authority more generally. We want people to be critical consumers of the information they are given, but there is a balance to be had."
YouTube has taken the right step by pushing down videos that spread false or not so reliable information. Everyone is aware of all the false information that is present on the internet. Most people discover or learn new things and perspectives through the internet and it is the responsibility of popular channels like YouTube to publicize content that is reliable and factual.
Flat earthers believe that everything that goes against their theory is made up by the government.