Some people still believe that the Earth is flat. Apparently, the idea came back to life in the late 19th century when a group of “truthers” claimed that it is all a part of a conspiracy to debunk religion.
The Huffington Post reports about the theory that the Earth is a disc and gravity is an illusion, stating that NASA employees guard the ice wall in Antarctica to keep people from climbing over and falling off the disc.
Apparently, “truthers” also say that the sun and moon are spheres that move in circles 3,000 miles above the plane of the Earth and stars move in plane 3,100 miles above. Interestingly, they believe that an invisible moon causes lunar eclipses.
The Flat Earth Society is the main advocate of this theory. However, the Society has been slowly losing its ground in years.
Flat Earth convert Mark Sargent, who used to work in the tech and video game industries, said that the websites trying to be the official base for the movement, to persuade everyone that the Earth is not a bumpy spheroid, are just the tip of the iceberg.
The increasing followers make it look like it is trying to create a new religion but since everyone’s trying to define it, there is no unified theory so they are turning on each other.
For example, the People’s Front of Judea and the Judean People’s Front spend less time talking about their beliefs and spend more time attacking each other instead. Another faction of these “truthers” is the International Flat Earth Research Society (IFERS), launched by yoga teacher and conspiracy theorist, Eric Dubay.
According to Dubay, other flat Earth groups aim to make the movement look foolish. Dubay criticized Sargent and other “flat-Earthers” for trying to destroy the movement with flawed arguments.
New York Magazine says that the line between believing the theory and entertainment is unclear. Pretending to give in to these conspiracy theorists and finding out that your life is completely wrong is liberating, which makes talking and insisting about all the time somehow worthwhile.