SPACE IS FAKE
And other unscientific claims you’ll hear at Edmonton’s first Flat Earth International Conference ‘...the Earth is round. You have to strain credulity, reason, logic, sense to believe the opposite’
Faith took centre stage at Edmonton’s Fantasyland Hotel Thursday as 250 people packed in for the Flat Earth International Conference.
Flat-Earthers from around North America came to listen to speakers such as Indiana radio host Rick Hummer, who told them to pull their kids out of public schools and ignore the consensus of the scientific community.
“If I were you, I’d get them out of the schools, because they’re not learning the truth,” Hummer told the crowd.
Presenter Matt Long, a YouTuber from Texas, said he has a “healthy obsession with the Bible and truth” and claimed the Bible is “unequivocally a flat-Earth book.”
Many flat-Earthers believe the Earth is a disc, despite overwhelming scientific and photographic evidence that it is spherical.
Most who subscribe to this idea believe humans have not stumbled over the edge of the Earth because it is encircled in a wall of ice, making ground travel impossible, and pilots are too scared to make the trek.
YouTuber Mark Sargent, who spoke and took questions from the audience Thursday, thinks the universe is a planetarium with manmade projections of a fake moon and stars.
He spoke derisively of scientists, none of whom were among the presenters at the conference.
Many who attended the conference came to believe in a flat Earth through other conspiracy theories, and were convinced by YouTube videos and articles they read on the internet.
Several said their journey into skepticism started with the debunked theory that humans have never actually walked on the moon.
In most cases, it was an unwavering faith in God that seemed to make the flat-Earth theory fit their world view.
Attendees shelled out at least $150 for a two-day pass, and some paid $300 for VIP passes that include front-row seating in the ballroom and a special speakers’ dinner.
There was plenty of merchandise for sale in the foyer, including T-shirts, posters with flat-Earth maps, and stickers with slogans such as “Space is Fake.”
The event runs through Friday at the Fantasyland Hotel.
Not everyone was buying in. Read the full story at thestar.com/edmonton
Aislynn Rolheiser sports a tinfoil hat during the Flat Earth International Conference in Edmonton on Thursday.
Matt Long speaks during the Flat Earth conference on Thursday.