One group of conspiracy theorist are planning to travel to Antarctic to discover the “edge of the world.”
This group also believes the world is flat.
This should be interesting!
Very interesting, indeed…
Members of the Flat Earth Society have expressed an interest in traveling to the frozen continent to prove “for once and for all that the earth is not spherical,” according to Forbes.
The Flat Earth International Conference or (FEIC) is an annual event and is not associated with the Flat Earth society.
The FEIC is planning a cruise in fact for its 2020 meeting.
FEIC founder, Robbie Davidson, stated the event will be “just a cruise” and the group does not plan on finding the “ice shore” quite yet, according to a statement made to the Daily Mail.
Flat Earthers believe the earth is not a round sphere but a disc encircled by Antarctica with the Arctic Circle in the center of the planet.
Others believe that the Earth is stationary in space as opposed to orbiting the sun.
Thanks to YouTube along with other social media sites, the conspiracy has grown its pool of believers.
A Netflix documentary titled Behind the Curve, zeroes in on the Flat Earth conspiracy theory.
Logan Paul, YouTuber, is also releasing a documentary (potentially mockumentary) titled Flat Earth: to the Edge and Back.
Davidson shared his take on the continent, saying to Forbes:
“When we look at Antarctica if you take a globe and you squish it down, the Antarctic would go all the way around the Earth. It’s kind of like an ice shore and it’s very, very large.”
Davidson continued, saying:
“We don’t believe anything can fall off the edge, because a big portion of the flat earth community believes that we’re in a dome, like a snow globe. So the sun, moon, and stars are all inside.”
But experts have refuted these claims along with the plans for a cruise — as cruise ships themselves navigate waters using equipment based on a model of Earth as a sphere.
A longtime cruise ship captain, Henk Keijer, shared with the Guardian how he had sailed 2 million miles “give or take,” and had not encountered a single sea captain who believed the Earth to be flat.
Texas Tech University found in a recent study how YouTube played a huge part in the spread of the Flat Earth conspiracy theory.
At the Flat Earth event, only one out of 30 respondents cited YouTube as a major factor in their beliefs.
Many have urged YouTube to stop the spread of misinformation, to which the streaming service responded, saying:
“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 historic events like 9/11,” a YouTube spokesperson shared with MailOnline.
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