Source: Entertainment Weekly
There are scientific references to a spherical earth dating back to ancient Greece. In 240 B.C., Eratosthenes used trigonometry and measuring shadows to estimate the Earth’s circumference. The explorer Ferdinand Magellan returned from circumnavigating the globe in 1522.
And yet, in the year 2019, there is a stalwart contingent, united by the internet, who sincerely believe that the earth is flat.
This group is the subject of director Daniel J. Clark’s documentary, “Behind the Curve.” He focuses primarily on a couple of the group’s charismatic leaders, Mark Sargent and Patricia Steere.
But rather than trying to disprove their beliefs (don’t worry, they do that to themselves — the Flat Earthers fund a number of scientific experiments that don’t go as well as they would have hoped), Clark approaches his subjects with empathy and humanity.
“Behind the Curve” is sad, funny, and fascinating, but it’s also a reminder of the mental gymnastics we would all go to keep our worldview comfortably known.
“Behind the Curve” is available now on Netflix.
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