Given that ships use equipment based on a spherical model of the Earth, this is quite ironic that they plan to take a cruise to prove the earth is flat.
A group of conspiracy theorists, who believe that the earth is flat is all set to embark on a journey to Antarctica, as they believe that is the end of the world. The organization will embark sometime in 2020, traveling to Antarctica by sea for its annual event, said the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC), which is not associated with the Flat Earth Society, according to Daily Mail. An upcoming conference for the group, which will be their third meeting, will be held in Dallas, Texas, during November. Ever since the group made the announcement of hosting their conference aboard a ship, people have been quick to point out their mistake, given that ships use equipment based on a spherical model of the Earth.
10 Scientists from Oxford University have just admitted that the earth might be flat.They claim to have solid evidence to back this by and they will be presenting their findings in a couple of days to come #flatearthers #flatearthsociety #swenekaf pic.twitter.com/bpGDoa3njD— swenekaf (@swenekaf5) March 20, 2019
GPS, in particular, uses a network of satellites makes use of a network of satellites that orbit the Earth to ping off of each other and pinpoint one's location. In a report by The Guardian, Henk Keijer, a longtime cruise ship captain gives his thoughts on the FEIC's plans. "I have sailed 2 million miles, give or take. I have not encountered one sea captain who believes the Earth is flat," he said.
The Flat Earth International Conference consists of a group that strongly believes the earth is not an oblate spheroid, but in fact, it is actually a disk or dome-like shape and that Antarctica surrounds the perimeter of the disk to form a kind of ice wall. People from this organization call themselves the 'flat-Earthers', and they have endorsed in other conspiracies like the U.S. faked its moon landing and that NASA has worked to obscure the truth about outer space and our planet's place in it.
Several documentarians have come forward with hopes to debunk the theories and conspiracies that the flat-Earthers have set forward. Recent additions to the sphere include Netflix's 'Behind the Curve' and an upcoming 'documentary' by controversial YouTube star, Logan Paul, titled 'Flat Earth: to the Edge and Back,' which appears to show Paul succumbing to flat Earth conspiracies and will release today, March 20.
A recent study by researchers at Texas Tech University found that of the 30 respondents interviewed at a Flat Earth event, all but one said YouTube played a major role in how they came to believe the theories. Some parties have even called the streaming service to request them to tweak their services in order to curb the spread of misinformation and to prioritize reliable scientific information.
An astrophysicist explains what happened when he secretly infiltrated the Flat Earth Society.— マサ 石川 (@masa_ishi_) March 13, 2019
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YouTube began to pay some heed to the calls recently. "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 historical events like 9/11," a YouTube representative told Daily Mail in February.
"This will be a gradual change and will initially only affect recommendations of a very small set of videos in the United States. Over time, our systems will become more accurate and we’re going to roll this change out to more countries. Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole, by presenting information to people who are going to be more susceptible to it. Believing the Earth is flat in of itself is not necessarily harmful, but it comes packaged with distrust in institutions and authority more generally. We want people to be critical consumers of the information they are given, but there is a balance to be had," they added.
Ideally, YouTube should not be full of videos that claim the earth is flat. Instead, it should have other videos that say here's why those videos are full of false claims and there are steps you can take to make sure that you can prove to yourself these claims are false, suggest researchers. Flat earthers just refuse to believe the earth is round even though there is ample evidence of the fact.
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