In recent years, the number of Flat Worldists has increased more than ever. Considered as the country with the largest Catholic population in the world, Brazil is one of the places where this view is most common. So much so, according to a study, there are more than 11 million people in the country who believe that the Earth is flat.
Anti-vaccine and Flat Worldists make up the two most anti-scientific communities of our time. Both views excluded by science have gained a tremendous number of fans in recent years. Even the Flat World Association was established in our country in 2018. There will be those who remember; The person named Doğukan Özkan, the founder of the association, was busy the agenda with the output that “I will give 50 thousand TL to those who prove that the world is in the form of a globe”.
So, how is the situation in the world? According to Brazil-based research firm Datafolha, there are more than 11 million people in Brazil who believe that the Earth is flat. In other words, 7 percent of the country’s population is Flat World. People united around this view in Brazil communicate with each other through large participating groups that they have established through social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook.
Flat World Theory has gathered a significant number of fans in recent years
One of these people is Ricardo. The man, who does not share his full name because he is afraid of the reactions, says that his restaurant is one of the most attractive meeting points for Flat Worlds. Defending that the Earth is a flat, fixed object, Ricardo says, “If there is one thing I know for sure, it is also the Earth.”
Brazilians who believe the Earth is flat are mostly men, according to Datafolha’s research. The research, which states that these people are generally low-educated Catholic or Protestant Christians, offers a very striking perspective on the country. Considered to be the country with the largest Catholic population in the world, Brazil seems to be the bastion of this argument, which has no scientific basis.
Anderson Neves one of the 11 million Brazilians who believe the Earth is flat
Of course, there are people with a high level of education among Flat Worldists. Entrepreneur Anderson Neves, who came to Ricardo’s restaurant, is one of them. Wandering through a leaflet condemning the “scams” of Newton and Copernicus, Neves said, “Malicious false science has disrupted the education system in the world. The idea that the world is round is a huge lie dictated to us by the global elite. ”
The astronomer Roberto Costa of the University of Sao Paulo uses the following statements: “We know that the world has not been flat since the early 17th century. But the ancient Greeks understood this more than 2000 years ago. Flat World Theory seems to be a topic for psychologists or sociologists rather than scientists. The shape of the world is not a scientific problem for astronomers ”
Flat Earthmen do not believe Earth’s photos taken from space and accuse NASA of fraud
Afonso de Vasconcelos, a geophysicist from the University of Sao Paulo, a prominent figure in the Flat Worlds community in Brazil, appeals to a wide audience on the YouTube channel “Ciencia de Verdade” (Right Science). Having more than 345 thousand subscribers, Vasconcelos is one of the reference points of those who support this view.
Vasconcelos and many more Flat Worldists accuse the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of making a huge fraud propaganda. Saying that people never land on the Moon and the images shown to us are produced in a set environment, Flat Worldists seem to be more talked about with their arguments pushing the boundaries of science and reason.
A man named Mike Hughes, nicknamed “Mad Mike”, who claimed that the world was flat, lost his life by crashing to the ground from about 1,500 meters with a rocket he made to prove his claim.