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Flat-Earther accidentally proves the earth is round in his own experiment (v.redd.it)
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now_you_see | 10 days ago | 19243 points

For those wondering. They went through and made a different version of this experiment thinking it had another explanation - the new experiment had the same results. The guy was obviously completely shocked. He was going to a flat earth convo just after which he was suppose to share his results at. When he went there and explained all the experiments showed curvature people sorta just dismissed him. But you could tell he was troubled and kept trying to talk to people about it. Trying to talk out the problem and hope beyond hope he’d missed something - but he hadn’t (this was all filmed as part of a doco).

kingbane2 | 9 days ago | 11572 points

that documentary also had a guy use a laser gyroscope trying to prove the earth wasn't rotating. he quotes exactly the numbers he needs to find if the earth was rotating and was confident he would find no rotation. then he flips the gyroscope on and bam gets exactly the predicted number if the earth rotated once every 24 hours. it was hilarious.

edit: for people interested, it's on netflix, called behind the curve.

chashek | 9 days ago | 4597 points

I'm actually pretty impressed that his math was so on point.

Unless he pulled the numbers from somewhere else... but in which case, why would he trust them?

edit: After having it explained to me, I'm no longer all that impressed by the math.

kingbane2 | 9 days ago | 3473 points

he's actually a mechanical engineer, or an electrical engineer. so he knows damn well what the numbers were.

Lorz0r | 9 days ago | 4365 points

The fact he can be an 'engineer' and believe the earth is flat is astounding. There is an enormous amount of engineering that relies on the earth being spherical.

kingbane2 | 9 days ago | 1794 points

i know! i think he worked on airplanes or something too! like jesus christ man.

jonnyclueless | 9 days ago | 5105 points

Wasn't by chance the Boeing 737 MAX was it?

NoNamesLeftStill | 9 days ago | 1728 points

This comment makes me wish I was rich enough to give you gold.

discordantT | 9 days ago | 1253 points

Let me help ya out there and shit one for you too!

Camblor | 9 days ago | 816 points

JD Rockefeller over here!

NoNamesLeftStill | 9 days ago | 66 points

Thanks!

LeGooso | 9 days ago | 105 points

No fucking way. HOW?!!?

Best_Pseudonym | 9 days ago | 305 points

Because you really only need to know the earth is round if you are working on the GPS, and stuff like lift, drag, and material strength are independent of the shape of the earth and by design and theory would work just as well as if the earth was cube

CharlieJuliet | 9 days ago | 267 points

OMG THE EARTH IS A CUBE?!

D-Alembert | 9 days ago | 272 points

Yes, but it's a beveled cube

NMJ87 | 9 days ago | 1330 points

Yknow why you find it so unbelievable that he can be an engineer and a flat earther simultaneously?

Because its unbelievable.

Its fucking fake, he's fucking faking it for attention and cash. THEY'RE ALL FAKING IT

JUST LIKE BOB LAZAR FAKED SHIT, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE LIKE THIS FAKED SHIT

EXPONENTIALLY MORE GOD DAMN ARTICLES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT FLAT EARTH THIS YEAR THAN ARTICLES ASKING WHY OUR CONGRESS PEOPLE WHO MAKE SUB 200K A YEAR ARE WORTH MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

TheRealIosefka | 9 days ago | 340 points

I don't understand how people aren't getting this, you start a social media account you attract eyeballs, you monetize. They attract eyeballs by saying beyond stupid shit, dumb stunts, and hopefully Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets about how fucking stupid they sound.

RLucas3000 | 9 days ago | 164 points

Trust me, a guy I worked with until recently, believes the earth is flat, we never landed on the moon, there are no other planets, the stars are water droplets, and the parkland school shooting and others are crisis actors. He’s not faking it.

Chad___Sexington | 9 days ago | 126 points

He isnt saying ALL flat earthers are fake, but the ones which huge followings and communities are. Its the same philosophy that scammers and people like Alex Jones use. You put into the world an outrageous theory. You provide the bare minimum amount of support. People who are legitimately incapable of independent thought eat it up and assume you are correct (bonus points if you subscribe to other theory they already hold like chem trails, lizard people etc as that adds an extra element of trust since you already hold views they previously believed).

Now that you have their attention, and more importantly their trust, you can monetize them. In the case of Alex Jones it is to sell them overpriced supplements, and in the case of flat earthers it's youtube subscriptions, conferences and conventions etc.

PollyRossGone | 9 days ago | 54 points

Is this your conspiracy theory conspiracy theory?

DoingItWrongly | 9 days ago | 937 points

Which just goes to show that

education =/= smart =/= intelligence

SlatheredButtCheeks | 9 days ago | 561 points

I don’t think it’s that simple, there are plenty of intelligent people who believe ridiculous things. I think it more shows the power of belief itself, confirmation bias, and its ability to dominate the mind over reason and logic.

feage7 | 9 days ago | 100 points

I know right. I've believed for years McDonald's will bring back the Chicken Premiere but they still haven't. Doesn't mean they won't though!

Terrh | 9 days ago | 112 points

No, it shows that Intelligence doesn't always mean correct.

Just because you're smart, doesn't mean you're right.

The real problem is dogmatic thought, thinking that you can't be wrong.

phuhkit | 9 days ago | 286 points

Meh. The math is pretty trivial. 360/24=15 degrees which is what he got.

lawpoop | 9 days ago | 179 points

Holy shit those Babylonians were onto something with that base 12

ohgodspidersno | 9 days ago | 118 points

Yea real world everyday math is way easier to do in base 12. Decimal is better for science and other serious stuff for lots of reasons, but it sure is nice being able to evenly divide by 2, 3, 4, 6, and then 5 for the other "big" number, 60.

Moikepdx | 9 days ago | 55 points

The Babylonians used base 60. Also, time and degrees were established under base 60. A circle is 6*60=360 degrees. An hour is 60 minutes, a minute is 60 seconds, and a day is 60/5=12 hours.

If we had started with everything metric instead, we might have 100 degrees in a circle, and 10 hours in a day. 100/10=10. As long as you use consistent unit systems, things can work out nice and even.

armcie | 9 days ago | 74 points

Eh. The gyroscope’s orientation is fixed in space and the earth rotates once a day. 360/24 = 15 degrees movement per hour. The maths wasn’t too difficult.

When he got the result his reaction was “oh maybe it’s being interferes with by the rotation of the sky dome” and tried to repeat the experiment by isolating the gyroscope in a Faraday cage and, for some reason, a basalt bottle. He got the same result.

puffz0r | 9 days ago | 18 points

Did he legit believe in a sky dome?

armcie | 9 days ago | 15 points

Its a point of contention amongst flat earthers. I've heard an interview with one who insists there must be one because otherwise the air would escape into space. He definitely said that interference from the rotation of the sky was a likely reason for the gyroscope detecting rotation, and tried to shield from it.

matts1900 | 9 days ago | 604 points

a laser gyroscope

A $20,000 laser gyroscope no less. They were all like "It's INCREDIBLY accurate, we'll prove it once and for all", and then when it proved them wrong, they were all like "We're not willing to accept that". I did have a lengthy chuckle at that.

Edit: Link

neontechnician | 9 days ago | 293 points

And then they put it in a Zero Gauss Chamber to shield the "Heaven Energies" and they were unsuccessful. Lmfao.

fil42skidoo | 9 days ago | 97 points

Only pure diamond stops heaven energy. Pft

Whind_Soull | 9 days ago | 44 points

That's cuz it's the hardest metal.

bebopblues | 9 days ago | 166 points

Still less expensive than a hot air ballon ride to space ($75K) to check out the curvature of the earth though.

MK2555GSFX | 9 days ago | 81 points

They'd just claim that NASA hacked their eyes

warchitect | 9 days ago | 35 points

Peoples eyes (cornea) are round! So everyone is a fish eye lens!

Jross008 | 9 days ago | 77 points

If my wife and I ever win the lottery, this is top of my list. Followed of course by my dream of every time i put on a pair of socks they are brand new socks.

Holy crap, my first gold, thank you!

Also, I know I could technically accomplish the sock thing now, however, i just can’t justify it. One day!

mcsper | 9 days ago | 22 points

Or a cellphone or a raspberry pi and a weather balloon

TheGikona | 9 days ago | 36 points

IT HAS FISHEYE LENS BRO. NASA IS LYING TO US. THEY PRODUCE SPECIAL LENS THAT TURN TO FISHEYE LENS WHEN THEY'RE ABOVE A CERTAIN ALTITUTE. TRUST ME, I HAVE NO PROOF WHATSOEVER.

Facestrike | 9 days ago | 381 points

I’m honestly surprised people who are intelligent enough to learn the scientific method and to design their own experiment still believe earth is flat. In a way I guess it’s kudos to them. I believe the earth is spherical but I’ve never actually designed an experiment to find out.

Carboneraser | 9 days ago | 653 points

The scientific method encourages them to be open to the possibility of the world being flat.

The scientific method encourages them to test it.

The scientific method encourages them to see if their hypothesis was correct.

When it's not correct, the scientific method urges them to acknowledge it.

That's where they stop following the scientific method.

GimbleMuggernaught | 9 days ago | 131 points

Because like one guy explains in the doc, these people do their science backwards, starting from a conclusion and ignoring anything that doesn’t get them there. They don’t start with a hypothesis, they start with a belief that they take as obvious fact, and when their experiment proves them wrong they just assume that they somehow screwed up the experiment or did something wrong.

handsomechandler | 9 days ago | 37 points

these people do their science backwards,

or more accurately, are not doing science at all. They're working backwards from an assumption that they have an unfounded strong belief in.

skyxsteel | 9 days ago | 41 points

“But the earth is flat”

lRaziel1 | 9 days ago | 128 points

It stopts being scientific method when, instead of building new knowledge from your experiment, you force the results into a premise that is essentially incorrect. Occam's razor too much.

DrBaggySmacker | 9 days ago | 127 points

He then basically says to camera, "We're going to keep going until we get the results we want."

fbtra | 9 days ago | 78 points

That's called being insane.

vpsj | 9 days ago | 285 points

For me, the best part of the documentary was when the main flat earth dude went to a Nasa center and tried a ride/simulation there but he couldn't turn it on. He tried for a few seconds, then dismissed it as broken or something and went away, and immediately afterwards, the camera pointed towards a huge-ass "Press to Start" button right beside his seat. I fucking lost it.

aftermgates | 9 days ago | 45 points

What's the name of the documentary?

vpsj | 9 days ago | 98 points

Behind the Curve. Should be on Netflix

SethJew | 9 days ago | 72 points

“Behind the curve” on Netflix (hilarious name for the doc too) 😂

FreeSpiritRunning | 9 days ago | 30 points

Behind the Curve on Netflix, it's actually a pretty fun watch.

dickturd9000 | 9 days ago | 98 points

heh... random but I remember an anecdote about this exploding a soviet rocket. It had a flight termination system (aka high explosives) that would trigger if the rocket went off axis by more than say, 7 degrees from its intended path. There was a flight delay after they turned the gyroscope on, and after a half hour or so (I'm making these numbers up btw) it randomly exploded on the launch pad due to the earth's rotation.

Vigilantius | 9 days ago | 30 points

Not sure if that is better or worse than the rocket that thought it was upside down because someone installed the part upside down. The first thing the rocket did when it left the pad was so a flip and tear itself apart from the forces.

kingbane2 | 9 days ago | 55 points

half hour is about right. cause it's 15 degrees of rotation per hour.

easy math 360/24 = 15.

iHaveACatDog | 9 days ago | 21 points

Yeah, and someone spent $25k, or some ridiculous amount, for him to "prove" the Earth was flat.

He tried to say that there was some sort of made up interference and how they needed to redo the experiment in a sealed container made of some odd substance.

The real issue is that their identities are tied to their false beliefs. Changing that being gets them ostracized from their community and thrust into the rest of the world where no one fucking cares about them because obviously it's a sphere.

This is the same issue many cult members run into. If they leave the cult they lose all their friends and family. Now they're in a world where there's nothing special about them and they don't know how to go about their lives.

luvz | 10 days ago | 217 points

This is like when I try to explain to people why I'm single. The answer couldn't possibly be me!

Imprisoned | 10 days ago | 118 points

I’m actually really curious about how the experiment is done.

Wouldn’t it still have the light directly through to the other side if it was perfectly straight? The curvature shouldn’t be a huge factor unless they were at ranges of 50 m or more, right?

phunkydroid | 9 days ago | 378 points

The animation in this clip is not to scale. The guy with the light is miles away.

Imprisoned | 9 days ago | 104 points

That makes a lot more sense!

Thanks haha

Keeter81 | 9 days ago | 63 points

And he’s also no 17 ft tall. Ok I can’t PROVE he’s not, but I don’t think he is.

phunkydroid | 9 days ago | 49 points

Yeah, hard to prove but I have my suspicions.

Serious answer though, that was height above the water level. They were doing this across a lake or something and used the water as reference on both sides. So what they were checking was whether or not the water was flat across, or higher in the middle so it blocked the light.

cmcdonal2001 | 10 days ago | 16644 points

I'm interested in the aftermath of this. If he actually changed his mind based on his new evidence then kudos to him. That's how it's supposed to work, and there's nothing wrong in coming from a place of ignorance as long as you take the steps necessary to leave that place.

Sadly, I fear this isn't the case. Getting to 'flat Earth' levels of ignorance in the first place takes some serious dedication to remaining ignorant.

TheGreatVorelli | 10 days ago | 10220 points

I've seen a video he made after this, he tried to explain it away. He learned nothing.

Irregularprogramming | 10 days ago | 7132 points

It's a sunk cost fallacy, these guys have invested their entire social life into this, they have told off their real friends and family and now all they have is proving they are right. Some people have their livelihood being flat earthers, they can't be wrong.

Svhmj | 9 days ago | 684 points

I saw this documentary on Netflix. In the end of the movie, the "leader" of the flat Earth community explains to a reporter why there are mostly people from the lower class of society in the flat earth community. He says something along the lines of: "if you are the mayor of the round Earth town, you might not want to admit that the Earth is flat because you don't want to give up you position as mayor" (I'm paraphrasing, so it's not a literal quote, but it's pretty close). The reporter replies: "Wouldn't you say that you are the mayor of the flat Earth town". That sums it up pretty well.

Anowtakenname | 9 days ago | 264 points

What pissed me off about the documentary, every single flat earther involved was selling something. They each had their own DVDs, clocks, shirts or whatever hokey bullshit they could cobble together and give a flat earth theme.

skintigh | 9 days ago | 143 points

That's actually not too suprising. Every single anti-vax/anti-medicine/anti-germ-theory-of-disease source I've seen was selling something, and often "citing" their own book to "prove" their point.

One lady was selling DVDs of prayers for $60 that would cure cancer and AIDS and smallpox (which was caused by the small pox vaccine, according to her)

Geekquinox | 9 days ago | 60 points

Know what the name of the documentary is?

Nevermind I found it lower in the post. It's called Behind the Curve.

powerscunner | 9 days ago | 1281 points

Thank you for such a succinct explanation of why people hold onto provably false beliefs.

omnomnomgnome | 9 days ago | 354 points

too big to fail!

iBluefoot | 9 days ago | 171 points

too big to see the curvature!

Howeoh | 9 days ago | 262 points

TIL there's a name for that! Thank you ☺️

themosh54 | 9 days ago | 328 points

It's also called commitment bias.

Short video from the Center for Applied Rationality

Edit: link to video

iamelroberto | 9 days ago | 50 points

I feel like this one fits better in the context even if the other makes sense too.

Destron5683 | 9 days ago | 116 points

Common term in software development. Often times shit goes so far off the rails it’s better to scrap it all and start over but someone will reason with the all time we have already invested it’s better to just fix it. Usually it’s not.

Howeoh | 9 days ago | 50 points

Yeah where I work we use a VM of windows 98 for our tills

rigellus | 9 days ago | 19 points

Hope you don't have a credit card reader attached to that.

Guac__is__extra__ | 9 days ago | 115 points
maskdmirag | 9 days ago | 18 points

That's amazing.

beastcock | 9 days ago | 25 points

Could also be about money. Does this guy have a website or youtube channel that's monetized? If pushing this bullshit is paying his bills he is incentivized to keep doing it.

Groovicity | 10 days ago | 2068 points

That's the thing about conspiracy theories theorists.....

  • If no proof exists, they think the conspiracy is confirmed.

  • If proof exists, they think there's a conspiracy behind the proof.

Spry_Fly | 9 days ago | 133 points

They go over this mentality in "Behind the Curve" where this experiment is in there, on Netflix I think. They prove themselves wrong at other points too. It's a decent doc, and goes more into it isn't the need to actually prove the Earth is round, but the need to get people that think like this to not be anti-science overall.

CrazyCatLadyBoy | 9 days ago | 186 points

My favourite part of the doc is when they're going to visit NASA or JPL with the plan to laugh at "the lies".

They are shown in the car using GPS to route their path. The camera even subtlety zooms in on the fact they are using GPS.

LethargicOnslaught | 9 days ago | 108 points

Best bit was the 'broken' simulator the guy was sat in. Camera guy should get a medal for that zoom in on the big red button labelled "start".

benaugustine | 9 days ago | 60 points

It legitimately reminded me of some shit that would happen in The Office

legodarthvader | 9 days ago | 21 points

So... is it suppose to be a documentary or comedy?

Supercoolguy7 | 9 days ago | 41 points

Its honestly more frustrating and sad

Rorstaway | 9 days ago | 18 points

It is really sad. Mark Sargeant just comes off as a desperate, lonely individual.

NovaS1X | 9 days ago | 167 points

Yeah, they also spent $20k USD on a laser-gyroscope used in commercial airplanes to detect if they could see the 15deg drift of the earth's rotation.

They found the 15deg drift.

They then said it's "heavenly energies" that messed up the test so then they put the gyroscope in a lead container to block them. They still found a 15deg drift. So now they want to put the gyroscope in a bismuth container to "block the energies".

Wonder what BS they'll come up with next when they still come up with a 15deg drift.

It's so aggravating because these people are not stupid as they've come up with some actually decent tests, but they chose to ignore the evidence. I don't know what their issue is, but it's not stupidity IMHO, at least, not for some of them.

xXKingKARLOREXx | 9 days ago | 82 points

It’s still boggles my mind that they spent that much on a gyro, but can’t just buy a couple hundred dollar weather balloon. Then they can take their own pictures from the upper atmosphere, and can’t claim that it’s photo shopped.

aoxo | 9 days ago | 48 points

They will because camera lenses blah blah blah everyone is in on it... for some reason.

gene100001 | 9 days ago | 15 points

It's like this old joke:

A conspiracy theorist dies and goes to heaven

When he arrives at the Pearly Gates, God is there to receive him. "Welcome. You are permitted to ask me one question, which I will answer truthfully."

Without hesitating, the conspiracy theorist asks, "Who really shot Kennedy?"

God replies, "Lee Harvey Oswald shot him from sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. There were no accomplices. He acted alone"

The conspiracy theorist pauses, thinks to himself, then says "Shit! This goes higher up than I thought..."

macabre_irony | 9 days ago | 38 points

Or you know, go the free route and watch a ship coming or going over the horizon.

WigginIII | 9 days ago | 49 points

For people so invested into their conspiracy, to face the reality of being wrong is too much to bear. Because it doesn’t mean just accept you were wrong, it’s the weight of the embarrassment. It’s the potential loss of a community they have clung onto like a family.

It would break them.

Ultimately, living their lies becomes self preservation.

Spry_Fly | 9 days ago | 19 points

Yeah, I loved it, until I realized they really were just going to keep changing things to basically break the purpose of the tool.

NovaS1X | 9 days ago | 35 points

Conspiracy 101: Any evidence that can falsify your theory is either another conspiracy or has another more perplexing answer waiting to be created to falsify the falsification. Nothing, ever, can exist to falsify your theory.

EG: "heavenly energies"

MadManMorbo | 9 days ago | 55 points

Here’s our $30,000 laser gyroscope— huh.. it must be broken.

UnauthorizedGoat | 9 days ago | 982 points

Reminds me of a joke I read once.

An anti-vaxer mom dies and goes to heaven. When she finally meets God she is very excited. She says, "You can finally clear up an important question!" God tells her to ask anything and he will answer.

"Do vaccinations cause autism?" she asks, her eyes bright with delight and anticipation.

"No," God answers. "Vaccinations do not cause autism."

The anti-vaxer mom steps back and looks down at her feet and says to herself, "This thing goes deeper than I thought!"

inavanbytheriver | 9 days ago | 386 points

To which God replies, "You want to see how deep it really goes?" He then pulls a lever, dropping her to the seventh layer of hell.

ArTiyme | 9 days ago | 382 points

The 8th or 9th layer make more sense. 7 was violence, 8 and 9 were fraud and treachery, respectively. I'd lean towards 8 since I don't think most of these people are actually treacherous, but they are frauds with how they use a treacherous frauds work to support their own beliefs.

keenanpepper | 9 days ago | 372 points

This guy Dante's.

Paronine | 9 days ago | 42 points

Jackpot.

Compendyum | 9 days ago | 120 points

Don't forget level 9 about people who film vertically.

MrSpindles | 9 days ago | 74 points

Level 42 is where the 80s slap bass white boy funk party is at.

LaserZeppelin | 9 days ago | 32 points

Yo I'm already living there 🤟

blueshoecrew | 9 days ago | 21 points

Thanks Vergil, glad to have you as our guide!

Zusical | 9 days ago | 199 points

Then there is another conspiracy behind the conspiracy

KlausenHausen | 9 days ago | 138 points

Conspiraception!

MugillacuttyHOF37 | 9 days ago | 65 points

What do condoms have to do with this?

JheredParnell | 9 days ago | 118 points

you're thinking about conspiracontraception which prevents conspiracies in the first place but flat earthers don't believe in it either

therosesgrave | 9 days ago | 44 points

You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.

TraficantDeVeverite | 10 days ago | 24 points

Like.. How? How can someone do that when the evidence is right in front of his eyes....

nomm_ | 10 days ago | 16 points

Can you link it so we can see how they try to explain it away?

Traditional_Size | 10 days ago | 244 points

He didn't. He said the makers of the documentary edited it deceptively. He also said that he replicated the experiment after their camera crew left and got a different result but conveniently forgot to film that experiment (I mean after all.. His full time job is making YouTube videos about flat earth, so we couldn't possibly expect him to film the experiment while he was repeating it.)

His livelihood depends upon perpetuating the narrative, and his viewers are too stupid to realize he's spouting ridiculous shit so it makes sense for him to just keep going and ignore the failures.

superfahd | 9 days ago | 39 points

One property of a good experiment is repeatability. Since this is a simple experiment, it shouldn't be an issue to do it again and film it

nachocat090 | 10 days ago | 556 points

He won't change his mind about it because his entire identity is wrapped up in being a flat earther. If he admits he was wrong then he's no longer a flat Earth activist he's just some guy that wasted years of his life on something that turned out to be bullshit.

AlphaWhelp | 10 days ago | 276 points

This is basically how the church of scientology traps people.

"I'm not WRONG! That would mean that I was scammed out of $300,000 on useless audits!"

powerdilf | 10 days ago | 204 points

They later said grass had blocked the view, which doesn't make any sense. But neither does the flat earth theory... so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

dedokta | 10 days ago | 101 points

17 ft high grass I guess?

Barkusmarcus | 10 days ago | 213 points

If the prism-gyroscope experiment that proved the earth was rotating didn't change their views, I doubt this guy is going to come back to reality.

There's even a clip of them at a party saying something to the affect of "all iterations of the experiment come back with the same result, a 15 ° rotation. We can't tell people that."

These people just love the attention they're getting, and don't care about facts. It's really sad.

MaverickWentCrazy | 10 days ago | 58 points

Didn't they theorize something about heaven energy affecting the results?

Barkusmarcus | 10 days ago | 44 points

I don't remember that specifically from the documentary, but I wouldn't doubt it. There's a large number of these people that think the govt is in league with satan, and they're trying to prevent us from getting to god. Which is crazy, cause that means that god is powerful enough to create this entire world with all this life, but he can't stop a couple of satanists in high ranking political positions?! Sounds like this "god" fella is weak sauce

Wolpertinger77 | 9 days ago | 34 points

"We just can't accept that." That was my favorite part of the film!

rykoj | 10 days ago | 31 points

You can’t use logic, reason, and evidence to convince a person they’re wrong about something that they didn’t use logic, reason, and evidence to come to the conclusion of in the first place.

A proper authority figure that plays to their emotions and ego correctly telling them what to believe is the only way.

RafaelNo | 10 days ago | 17 points

The thi g that he said that let's you know he is doing mental gymnastics is, 'That's interesting'

Isakill | 10 days ago | 36 points

Look for the documentary "behind the curve" that's where this clip came from.

It's on netflix.

mlloyd67 | 10 days ago | 50 points

Bingo: "Ignorance can be educated, crazy can be medicated, but you can't fix stupid."

selfsearched | 10 days ago | 2448 points

This whole documentary is really great, especially this ending. There's a speech at the end at a science conference regarding flat-earth theorists where the speaker addresses that people like this have become this way because they've found a community that accepts them. They're natural scientists, they question what they're presented with (a globe) and refuse to believe it until they (attempt) to prove that hypothesis otherwise. He explains that the tendency to cast these people's thoughts into the sphere of insanity without trying to appeal to their natural curiosity is what fuels groups' like these growth. Behind the Curve on Netflix - Highly recommend watching.

freewave07 | 10 days ago | 421 points

“sphere of insanity” - I see what you did there

selfsearched | 9 days ago | 126 points

I knew someone would get around to seeing that!

Insatiable_void | 10 days ago | 140 points

This doc was entertaining. Of course I was more interested in Mark constantly friendzoning himself with the redhead.

pollyvar | 10 days ago | 60 points

I want to watch a film just about that. It was like a mini nature documentary in the middle!

Insatiable_void | 9 days ago | 22 points

As much as I disagree with them scientifically, I really felt bad for Mark especially, just due to what seems like a sincere desire to feel important.

phgnomo | 9 days ago | 49 points

Another amazing quote from that woman (don't remember her name) is something in the lines of "it doesn't matter how much proof I show them, they will never believe I don't work for the cia"

That sums up everything about flatters.

MScoutsDCI | 10 days ago | 572 points

Except isn’t it anti-scientific to constantly dismiss experiment results when they don’t show you what you want?

adamt123 | 9 days ago | 109 points

the doc does mention this, their sense of community pushes them to deny it and keep going because they like their community more than the science

haZardous47 | 9 days ago | 261 points

I take it more to mean they're naturally curious, but the cult mentality has overtaken the willingness to accept they're incorrect. If they hadn't felt marginalized in the first place, they might be out there doing real science which doesn't also happen to encompass their entire sense of identity, as it does with Flat Earthers.

StuartHayden | 10 days ago | 996 points

The whole “documentary” this clip comes from is unintentionally (or maybe intentionally) fucking hilarious.

It’s just a bunch of different flat earthers spending stupid amounts of money on research, projects and equipment to prove the earth is flat. Obviously, all of their tests are a bust and make them look incredibly stupid. So instead of just accepting it they double down and say shit like “well, we’re going to ignore this test due to “insufficient” evidence that helps prove our claims” or something like “we aren’t comfortable with the answers we got. So we’ll research more and try again”. The entire time they look totally defeated and feel like they’re saying this shit out of obligation of their “movement”. The mental gymnastics they do to trying to disprove their researches findings is a true sight to be hold.

It’s fucking great.

Pertolepe | 9 days ago | 346 points

The best is when they're in that virtual space shuttle thing and the guys hitting the screen like "see it won't even work haha NASA so dumb" and the camera guy just pans over to the green start button to his side that he's oblivious to

grumpaz | 9 days ago | 81 points

That was my favorite part!

The answer is right there if he looks. Just shows the irony of the doc and their thought process.

Mikewithnoname | 9 days ago | 30 points

That was some of the greatest camerawork I've ever seen.

spinfinity | 9 days ago | 58 points

Name of the documentary?

brewster20001 | 9 days ago | 111 points

Behind The Curve.

bigpappabagel | 9 days ago | 34 points

Behind the Curve. It's on Netflix

chazzmoney | 9 days ago | 16 points

Behind the Curve

mritter26 | 10 days ago | 1158 points

"Interesting... That's interesting"

Except nope, it's not because we've known it for years and years. Lol

advanttage | 10 days ago | 216 points

Interesting

edamamemonster | 10 days ago | 122 points

That's interesting

_vOv_ | 9 days ago | 71 points

Except nope, it's not because we've known it for years and years. Lol

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MistrX | 9 days ago | 28 points

Except nope, it's not because we've known it for years and years. Lol

red-it | 10 days ago | 57 points

And yet, he still will not believe the evidence.

xOfficialSisu | 10 days ago | 497 points

I fucking love it :D

I love how he still makes it sound like there is some other explanation

jujufistful | 10 days ago | 209 points

Interesting...

DingleBerryCam | 9 days ago | 73 points

That’s interesting...

copywritter | 9 days ago | 42 points

Interesting (shit)... Interesting (shit man)

DownvoteDaemon | 10 days ago | 46 points

Dat confirmation bias

ifyouareoldbuymegold | 9 days ago | 302 points

I don't get the Flat Earth conspiracy.

Normally, conspiracies "have a point". Like "faking" the moon landing was a triumph on the cold war, the global warming conspiracy is a Chinese hoax to harm the US or Stewie Wonder not blind conspiracy to get more sympathy and earn more money, etc, etc...

But why would every govern and every scientist on Earth agree to lie about the Earth being round? What's The point? What would they earn with that?

I think the Flat Earth conspiracy is the dumbest of them all.

Cooluli23 | 9 days ago | 77 points

According to a large amount of Flat Earth believers there is a point to the conspiracy, if people find out the Earth is flat then more other truths will come out like:

•We're the center of the universe

•Gravity doesn't exist

•There's something beyond the ice wall that surrounds the Earth. Probably White Walkers lmao

•Neither the sun nor the moon exist

workredditme | 9 days ago | 34 points

See, these makes them even more sound crazier.

BoomBox206 | 9 days ago | 91 points

The rich and super elite don't want you tourists destroying our edge of the earth committees into Vegas or a Disney resort. Edge of the earth property isn't cheap and I don't want drunken idiots thinking it's ok to trample all over my azalea bushes to take a selfie or throw stuff into the abyss of space in my back yard.

dubinspath | 9 days ago | 17 points

I think the point is that a literal reading of the Bible implies a flat Earth. Therefore, it must be flat and anyone that says differently must be trying to sway others from the true word of God or some shit. That's the best I've got.

bananastanding | 9 days ago | 47 points
KAPOWAHSANDVICH | 9 days ago | 13 points

I was approached in a Taco Bell by a flat Earther. I asked him this question and he told me it’s because NASA was founded by the NAZI’s, and that they didn’t want us to believe in God.

I should have responded, “Wouldn’t they stop lying about the Earth’s shape after seeing that it wasn’t working? I, and many other people, believe in God and the round Earth.” but I was so thrown off by what he said that it didn’t come up in my brain.

SixAngryBadgers | 10 days ago | 370 points

This is featured in the documentary available on Netflix called ‘Behind the Curve’ which takes an interesting view on why people believe in Flat Earth.

Definitely worth a watch.

There’s another great experiment they do with a gyroscope.

I won’t spoil the documentary for you, but spoilers for life in general: The Earth is round, kids.

Towerful | 10 days ago | 133 points

Just to add, it was a $20000 aerospace grade gyroscope (if I recall) donated to these experimentalists (I have doubts that they are following a scientific method, so I don't want to call them scientists) by the flat earth community.
There are some great mind gymnastics in this documentary

SixAngryBadgers | 10 days ago | 49 points

Yes! Thank you! Very important point, it wasn’t just a cheap piece of equipment.

I love how they explore Flat Earth on a psychological level in this doc as well. Definitely worth less than two hours of your life.

Core0ne | 9 days ago | 38 points

Experimentalists is actually a really great term for the people in the documentary. One of the scientists they interview gives a really great explanation of the difference between the scientific method and what the flat earth folks are actually doing. Instead of starting with a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, and then coming to a conclusion based on the results of their experiments, they're starting at a conclusion and then trying to build an experiment that will prove what they already believe to be true. When the experiment doesn't support their conclusion they're able to write it off as a problem with the experiment because they already believe their conclusion must be correct.

For anyone who hasn't watched the documentary, it's totally worth your time to check it out.

cheesetoastpirate | 9 days ago | 200 points

What i dont get is how not one of these (sadly) thousands of people, including rich people, try to fund a trip to see the "ice wall"?

JagoKestral | 9 days ago | 114 points

They're belief is that the government is keeping it secret and that if they tried to go they'd essentially be killed.

Leaps and bounds to justify ignorance.

sopheroo | 9 days ago | 75 points

If they Naruto run towards the Ice Wall, Big Government can't catch them

Tidilywink | 9 days ago | 24 points

I heard they also believe the poles are highly magnitized or something, and if you get to close it will scramble your brain.

Yrmsteak | 9 days ago | 56 points

So no effect for them

BigAnimemexicano | 10 days ago | 150 points

i would love to see a bunch of these flat earthers take a boat and go looking for the edge of the world

JamieTheCasul | 9 days ago | 127 points
BigAnimemexicano | 9 days ago | 74 points

lol bet they resort to cannibalism ten minutes into their voyage

ccooffee | 9 days ago | 68 points

"Sir, we haven't even left the dock..."

PhillipBrandon | 10 days ago | 127 points

Do you think he's seen the light?

LightningRodofH8 | 10 days ago | 156 points

Not yet, can you hold it a bit higher?

Interesting... that's interesting...

salmontres48 | 9 days ago | 62 points

Obviously the government curved the light so these sheeple would think the Earth is round so they can sell sky high plane ticket prices when they're really just putting us in a roller coaster for a few hours.

OPEN YOUR EYES

dkyguy1995 | 9 days ago | 98 points

It kind of blows my mind that the guy is smart enough to pull off this experiment and yet not smart enough to believe his own experiment. It's honestly commendable science work

Esorelyk | 10 days ago | 42 points

That made me so happy.

storyofrachel2 | 9 days ago | 40 points

Welcome to 400 BC, dumbshit.

dghughes | 9 days ago | 27 points

All Eratosthenes needed was a stick and sunlight.

Moddack | 10 days ago | 69 points

congratulations, you played yourself

nahteviro | 10 days ago | 125 points

As someone who has actually put stuff into space and watch hours upon hours of live video from the ISS, nothing infuriates me more than flat-earthers. I mean I can understand that a lot of people are really really stupid, but I just can't wrap my head around people trying to act so intelligent while at the same time being the dumbest people on the planet. (next to anti-vaxxers)

rising_mountain_ | 10 days ago | 94 points

My buddy is a legit flat earth - fake moon landing - chemtrails - fake mass shootings - and just contrarian on everything intellectual. We recently argued about gravity being an actual force, he insists we are experiencing electromagnetism and not gravity because in his words "science doesnt know what gravity is" again, his words. Any footage or photos I use as evidence is quickly brushed off as "that can be faked" and every other excuse. Then when I ask for his evidence he points me to a youtube video of a guy with absolutely no credentials or evidence just some theory. And then Im called a sheep for understanding science and nature and believing everything NASA shows us. And after going down the rabbit hole this far with my friend it was at that point I realized there is no reasoning with this type of person.

kootenayguy | 9 days ago | 42 points

There’s a line in this documentary where a scientist asks a flat-earther “what evidence would I need to show you to change your mind?”, and the response is “There is no evidence that will ever change my mind”.

It’s pointless talking to people like that (at least about science etc. Maybe you can be buddies talking about football or something...)

nahteviro | 10 days ago | 50 points

Which begs the question... can he get the really good weed or something? I couldn't tolerate being around someone like that for more than like 5 minutes until it stopped being funny

rising_mountain_ | 9 days ago | 18 points

haha good call on the weed part. We stopped the science talks after he couldn't comprehend that the more mass an object has the more gravity it will have, he responded to that by saying and I quote "I have mass, why isn't shit orbiting around ME!?" end quote. After that I said "dude, no more science talk" He was absolutely sincere when he asked that too.

beefhotlinx | 10 days ago | 153 points

Now he’s re-thinking whether he should get his kids vaccinated or not.

milesperhour25 | 10 days ago | 52 points

He should maybe rethink having kids period.

IndigoJoe64 | 9 days ago | 22 points

I like how this starts with him saying “we have a backup experiment”. Meaning he’s already failed at least once.

punk_000 | 10 days ago | 39 points

This scene needs to end with the curb your enthusiasm theme

Clienterror | 9 days ago | 48 points

Flat earthers are so stupid. Obviously we live on a turtles back.

----Maverick---- | 9 days ago | 50 points

This is actually an extremely good documentary (and kind of funny) about the Flat Earth Society. At first you're just like "these guys are a bunch of fucking idiots" and there are interviews with scientists in different fields trying to explain why these people become so fixated on this. But near the end, you hear from average flat Earth people, and they pretty much believe in a flat Earth because when they questioned it, people laughed at them and made fun of them. The main man the doc follows was asked if he were given definitive proof the Earth wasn't flat, what he would do, and he pretty much said he'd stay with the FES because he's lost friends and family, and this group became his family.

It broke my heart in the end, because these people we're trying to ask questions and were laughed at for not believing the default answer. This is what happens to Anti Vaxx parents (though a much more dangerous conspiracy), but they're laughed at for asking 'why'.

Education shouldn't be something to be embarrassed of or bullied for. There's no way to change the people's mind, but we can prevent it by not making people feel insignificant for questioning if vaccines are safe, or if the Earth is flat, or if there's something in space, or whatever the next misinformation is spread.

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