More than 200 people attended a flat Earth conference that featured a range of speakers. Many of the presenters expressed strange theories about how the world is structured or operates, some of which were significantly weirder than their guiding idea; that the world is a giant disk and not a sphere.
The conference took place in Birmingham, UK, and included speakers making claims ranging from the notion that humanity exists in a Pac-Man world to the idea that gravity doesn’t exist.
“My research destroys Big Bang cosmology,” said David Marsh, one of the speakers. “It supports the idea that gravity doesn’t exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism.”
Marsh based his assertion, according to a report by IFL Science, on “experiments” he ran in his own backyard using tools like mobile apps and a Nikon camera.
Darren Nesbit, a flat-Earther who tried to explain why people have not either hit a wall when they reach the edge of the planet or fallen off an unprotected edge, stated that the “Pac-Man effect” was responsible.
“We know that continuous east-west travel is a reality,” said Nesbit. “One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect.”
The theory suggests that when a person approaches the edge of the Earth, they are unknowingly sent back to the opposite end, similar to the edge of the map in Pac-Man.
Another flat-Earther theory that is again making the rounds is that Australia is a “hoax.”
The includes a variety of claims including that Britain didn’t relocate criminals to Australia and instead drowned them, and that pilots trick passengers who believe they’ve gone to the country by taking them to other islands that are filled with actors.
Like many other conferences, merchandise was made available for those who wanted to remember their trip.