Edmonton hosts what is billed as Canada’s first Flat Earth conference. We went inside – with two scientists to good power
A man from Edmonton goes up to the microphone. He wants to know: why does the scientific community not get clean about flat land?
Mark Sargent launches in his reply. A prominent tile is on stage in a high-rise leather chair in a conference room at the West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel.
“Until they figured it out … the industrialized world – the cement was already cast,” he says, warming up.
“If any researcher revealed it tomorrow on CNN, or anything, and it is sent that the Earth is not (round) ̵
1; there is potential for no real shock waves, any real upheaval” continues. “The first is academic – literally at every university in each country, astrophysics and astronomy must be closed overnight. They would not open again.”
He continues. Other sciences must be recalled from scratch. Basic belief structures should be shaken.
Here’s how to start Day 1 of Canada’s first flat earth conference. About 250 people registered to attend, most of them dedicated to the false proposition that the earth is flat.
I went with two actual researchers, brothers Jason Schultz and Ryan Schultz. To be clear, do not believe that the earth is flat. Both have degrees in physics – Jason an undergraduate, Ryan a Master. They registered on a lark to see how long they could stand at the conference.
But Ryan Schultz also had altruistic motives: he wanted to better understand planar inhibitors. How do you talk to people who are so facts?
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The two-day conference has all the trappings of a professional collection – name labels, media lists, department stores.
Competing overall is organizer Robbie Davidson, a 46-year-old from Edmonton who fell in plan soil three years ago. Something happened in 2015, he says, the year when many people on the internet became platelets. In 2017 he organized a flat earth conference in North Carolina, as he said was the first of his kind.
The events are about bringing flat soil in real physical space. “I knew it would not be right for many people until it moved from online to buildings,” he said. “You can say,” Oh, there are just a lot of crazy people online. “The minute (starts) moves into buildings … things will change.”
In the leading speech on Thursday, Davidson said that flat landers are facing “forgiveness and calling”. He tells the story of being radiated from two churches over his flat landscapes. He knows people who allegedly have lost their jobs to be a plasterer. Almost every speaker talks about how to think that the earth is flat is difficult in relationships.
Since Sargent – who believes the world is a “Truman-sure closed system” that has been concealed from the public since 1956-opens the floor to questions.
Another man from Edmonton wants to know why a famous plateauer – like rapper BoB, Tila Tequila or Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving – has not funded an expedition to the edge. Why has not anyone flown away? A quaker who identifies herself as a doctor who believes the earth is flat asks for the moon. Sargent answers everyone with little doubt.
Halfway I turn to Ryan Schultz. What is it for him to hear this?
“It’s a little frustrating,” he said.
For example, the conference began with “an address for researchers.”
“It’s nice,” We’re sensitive to feeling small, we’re sensitive because we do not feel smart. “And I think maybe that’s part of it – these complicated ideas make people feel say a little. “
Mic-dropping was heard around the world
One thing that emerges from the conversation is that as much as they are painted as crazy, flat farmers want to be recognized in the ordinary.
A person who comes up often is Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysician who famously released the microphone on BoB’s planetary earth theories. He is booed almost as soon as the conference begins.
Although media coverage is negative, their conviction seems to be part of the idea market, something that is a legitimate topic of debate.
“Although people are laughing at it, it may be the only person walking,” Huh, I want to see a little bit about it, “said Davidson.
Then we shall ignore them? Ryan Schultz, who held one even head over everywhere, was surprisingly patient.
“There is genuine curiosity,” says Ryan Schultz. “A lot of questions in the Q & A panel were people who really were interested in scientific phenomena who have a misunderstood understanding of how they happen or for some reason they do not want to believe. “
” I think that’s a big part of it – for science to make it communicate in a way that can easily be melted and try to connect with everyday people … so when someone has a question about why the moon and the sun come out at the same time – There is someone who can answer that question in a way that does not make them feel small. “