What is the Flat Earthers documentary ‘Behind the Curve’ on Netflix?


Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many people out there still believe the Earth is flat.

Netflix has tackled the conspiracy theory head-on with a documentary called Behind the Curve, which was released last year.

In it, Bob Knodel, a Flat Earther and YouTuber attempted to show the world is a disc through an experiment with a gyroscope. Naturally, it didn’t work.

This isn’t what the Earth looks like (Getty)

Meanwhile, Jeran Campanella, Knodel’s co-host, conducted another experiment with a torch and a camera.

He explained an experiment to prove his flat earth theory by shining a light through holes cut into two pieces of styrofoam at the same height. Campanella claimed that the light should be able to be seen on a camera positioned behind the second hole, proving that the Earth is flat. That experiment also didn’t work.

(Picture: Delta-V Productions)

As you can see, there’s a theme developing here.

What is the Behind the Curve documentary?

Behind The Curve is currently available on Netflix (Delta-V Productions)

The documentary is available on streaming service Netflix and was released on April 30 and has been shown at various film festivals around the world.

According to the streaming company, the independent doc lets viewers ‘meet the growing, worldwide community of theorists who defend the belief that the Earth is flat while living in a society who vehemently rejects it.’

It interviews several proponents of the Flat Earth theory and also journeys to a convention (called the Flat Earth International Conference) to hear them speak about the conspiracy theory.

It also delves into the mindset of people who are happy to believe something even when all evidence (including their own experiments) argues to the contrary.

What do Flat Earthers believe?

The Flat Earth International Conference is where Flat Earthers gather together (Delta-V Productions)

Rather than just being stupid, a particular set of personality traits seems to predispose people to believe in conspiracy theories.

That’s the argument from Josh Hart of Union College in New York.

Hart says, ‘These people tend to be more suspicious, untrusting, eccentric, needing to feel special, with a tendency to regard the world as an inherently dangerous place.

‘They are also more likely to detect meaningful patterns where they might not exist.

‘People who are reluctant to believe in conspiracy theories tend to have the opposite qualities.’ Hart says,

‘Our results clearly showed that the strongest predictor of conspiracy belief was a constellation of personality characteristics collectively referred to as ‘schizotypy,’

What the Earth would look like if it was flat (iStockphoto)

The trait borrows its name from schizophrenia, but it does not imply a clinical diagnosis. Conspiracy theorists are more likely to think nonsensical statements are profound – and to think that triangular shapes moving on a screen are moving intentionally.

Hart says, ‘In other words, they inferred meaning and motive where others did not.’

Hart’s study also showed that conspiracists had distinct cognitive tendencies: they were more likely than nonbelievers to judge nonsensical statements as profound (a tendency known as “BS receptivity”).





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