This weekend, over 200 Flat-Earthers from all “around” the world gathered in Britain for the nation’s very first Flat Earth Convention.
“People are waking up,” said the event organizer Gary John. “We’re seeing an explosion of interest in Flat Earth theories and increasing mistrust of governments.”
Like any good pseudoscience convention, this one was full of magical thinking and bizarre theories.
Among the list of speakers was musician Darren Nesbit, who postulated that we were all living in a Pac-Man world.
Nesbit, who became a Flat-Earther in 2014, said it took him just six months to “fully question, research and then accept” the Flat Earth theory.
He said he was convinced by two easily observable facts.
“One is that, go look or stand outside – the world is clearly not moving!” he said.
The second is that “no matter where you live on this supposed ball, you seem to live right on top of it.”
“Someone should be living on the side of the ball, with a perfectly vertical landscape, and people should be living underneath it, walking upside down,” reasoned Nesbit.
Now that he has accepted the Flat Earth theory, Nesbit is working on some a priori theories of his own.
Nesbit’s “Pac-Man effect” tackles the most gaping hole in the Flat Earth theory: why is there no wall or edge to greet us when we travel around the world?
“We know that continuous east-west travel is a reality,” he said, according to The Telegraph.
“One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect.”
Essentially, Nesbit is arguing that each time you reach the end of the world, you are transported to the opposite end of the map, just like Pac-Man when he falls off the left side of the screen and immediately appears again on the right side.
Nesbit isn’t the first person to come up with this “super scientific” theory, which (of course) lacks even a shred of empirical evidence.
In fact, the Pac-Man theory is commonly used as a joke to make fun of Flat-Earthers on the internet.
The Earth is flat and it’s like pacman. You walk off one side and come back the other, satanist ghosts are chasing you all the time and there is a guy that payed to control you on a machine.
— Marek Janko 🇨🇿 (@JankoMarek) December 3, 2017
NASA tried to ban Pacman as it proves the earth is flat.
— Jon Doe (@jondoeclsm) July 7, 2017
So do flat earthers believe you can fly one way & end up back on the other side of the world because the earth works like a PacMan level?
— Idris Elbruh (@CapitalSS) March 21, 2017
— FIXτwτrCENSORSHIP (@Tfix_) July 7, 2017
But Nesbit’s Pac-Man principle wasn’t the only wild theory put forward at the conference.
One speaker claimed that he had single-handedly proved gravity doesn’t exist.
“My research destroys Big Bang cosmology,” speaker David Marsh claimed, according to The Telegraph. “It supports the idea that gravity doesn’t exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism.”
Another speaker postulated that the Flat Earth was propped up on a series of pillars, not turtles.
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— 🌸 Tom Usher 🌸 (@tom_usher_) April 28, 2018
And then, suddenly, it all made sense…
— Like, really smart Girl (@SillySillyGirl2) January 5, 2016
If you can’t see the truth in this, maybe you aren’t as free of a thinker as you thought.