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Inside a Flat Earth convention, where nearly everyone believes Earth isn't round

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we'll start with some basic questions

the sky is in a world where it feels

like nothing is as it seems

blue it's blue of course oh this guy's

blue skies blue one plus one is two two

- hmm there's at least one truth we

thought was indisputable and the earth

is what flood the earth is flat my

reality of my senses tell me that the

earth is flat and stationary or so I

thought

but for the people attending the first

Flat Earth international conference here

in Cary North Carolina their earth is

indisputably not round everybody here

can agree on absolutely one thing which

is it is not a globe for centuries a

flat earth was accepted as certainty

until science and sailboats said

otherwise but in 2015 this guy mark

Sargent hosted his Flat Earth Clues part

of a series of clues that can help you

get your head around both the design of

the Flat Earth system we live in you're

kind of the like father of this did not

invent Flat Earth all I did was walk up

to a door point at it say you know what

I think there's some really interesting

things on the other side of this and

check it out for yourself

if Flat Earth is a university you know

FAA then I would be the freshman

recruited people have traveled from

around actually mark would say across

the flat world to attend the first world

flat Club is you don't talk about flat

Club until now you know I have a poem

about that it's right here Amy Nicholson

wrote a book of poetry about her flat

earth journey a few months flat and

seven months to rally Kimberly came to

the conference from Houston I haven't

really come out all the way I'm still a

little in the closet

laney in ivali came from even farther I

mixed with quite a lot of flavor tha's

anise in New Zealand

you know flatters I guarantee it but you

don't know who they are because they're

afraid of talking about it like many

modern movement this one has grown in

large part out of the internet with

rappers like odd TV evangelizing to

hundreds of thousands of subscribers and

YouTube channels like blow Buster's

encouraging skepticism about what you've

been taught for the serious students

here at the conference it all comes down

to proof when it comes to science

there's things you can test right now

right fire burns waters wet drop

something Falls the ground that appears

to be gravity those are things you can

test right but the curving horizon the

sloping sea level the spin of the earth

unless you can see these phenomena with

your own eyes they may not be true this

is crazy

right but think about this for the last

2025 generations this is what we've told

people I like what we've been told in

school some flat earthers imagine the

earth looks like a snow globe round but

not sphere the North Pole is at the

center of most Flat Earth maps with the

ice of Antarctica holding everything in

so are you certain this is pretty sure

almost I mean there are some details to

be worked out sure but the basic concept

is sound absolutely sound and one thing

again we absolutely know for a fact this

ain't it so those iconic Blue Marble

images seen from space flat earthers

denounced them as fakes you start seeing

words like composite or animation or you

know something that tells you this is

not an actual photograph of the earth so

if you think you have questions feel

free to line up a statement the flat

earthers have men

many more this is what returns stores

which is why I thought someone who's

actually seen the Earth from space might

have some answers one plus one is two

what color is the sky and the earth is

round professor Mike Massimino spent

more than twenty days in space and

worked on the Hubble telescope so when

you looked at the planet what did it

look like looks round yes it is round

like my eye witness account and I looked

at it as much as I could it is round

okay we're in the final countdown are

you doing over there he's played himself

on the Big Bang Theory but some flat

earthers actually believe astronauts are

just actors part of a huge conspiracy

going back to those very first steps on

the moon you don't believe in going to

space knew no no at all the Rockets go

up sure there's nobody in them Rob Skiba

is another one of the celebrity

contrarians in the Flat Earth movement

his popular YouTube videos and podcasts

take clues from the Bible's Book of

Genesis there's no way you can get a

spinning heliocentric globe out of

anything in the Bible are you just

skeptical with everything I have become

skeptical at everything and I think

rightfully so pretty much everyone here

those kind of a conspiracy theorists say

that's a common trait but I think

there's a little bit of conspiracy

theorists in all of us I really do this

it's why many of them do their own

experiments

Darryl marble packed a level on a flight

to test if the plane was flying parallel

to a flat earth so there's gonna be some

sciency people who say that is a real

bug low experience that's a little basic

I know it's so simple it'll go right

over your head the Creed over many of

these believers check it out for

yourself go out and test you just want

them to ask the questions why do you

believe what you believe and let you go

from there because I can tell you

something that then you just look at me

and say I'm crazy a lot of people

watching this will go me like that man

is crazy they probably do and and I

would say well they're crazy for not

testing what they think they believe but

in a world of disagreements large and

small for something as clear as this

horizon the interpretation could be

infinite for Nightline I mean a pilgrim

in Cary North Carolina

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