But even when faced with scientific evidence that disproves their beliefs, flat earthers refuse to change their opinion.
One leading flat earth theorist, Mark Sargent, says “The reason why we’re winning against science is that science just throws math at us.”
And when the maths disagrees with their views, they ignore it.
In the documentary Behind The Curve Bob Knodel, a YouTuber who promotes flat earth beliefs on his channel, attempts to demonstrate the flatness of the planet using an expensive laser gyroscope.
Unfortunately for Bob, the gyroscope behaves exactly as it would if the Earth were a globe.
Bob confesses: “What we found is, is when we turned on that gyroscope we found that we were picking up a drift. A 15 degree per hour drift.”
This is precisely what you would expect if you ran this test on a spherical planet.
“Now, obviously we were taken aback by that. ‘Wow, that’s kind of a problem,’” says Bob. “We obviously were not willing to accept that, and so we started looking for ways to disprove it was actually registering the motion of the Earth.”
When discussing the experiment with another conspiracy theorist at a Flat Earth convention in Colorado, Bob says: “We don’t want to blow this, you know?
“When you’ve got $20,000 in this freaking gyro.
“If we dumped what we found right now, it would be bad. It would be bad. What I just told you was confidential,”
Aristotle demonstrated that the Earth was a globe some 300 years before the birth of Christ. Nevertheless, the number of people who choose to believe that it is flat grows daily.
And once they start believing, they find it difficult to stop. After yet another failed experiment, Flat Earth YouTuber Jeran Campanella says: “Say you lose faith in this thing. What then happens to my personal relationships? And what’s the benefit for me doing that?
“Will the mainstream people welcome me back? No, they couldn’t care less.
“But, have I now lost all of my friends in this community? Yes. So, suddenly, you’re doubly isolated,”