Where one conspiracy theory goes, another one usually follows. After all, studies have found that if someone believes in one conspiracy theory, they’re generally more open to believing in others. Indeed, it seems that rather than the subject itself, it’s the general “conspiracist” state of mind that matters. It’s little surprise, then, that people who believe the Earth is flat, despite evidence to the contrary, also believe in other conspiracy theories. And the latest one is perhaps the wildest yet – that Australia doesn’t actually exist.
It’s no secret that the internet has helped to perpetuate plenty of outlandish conspiracy theories. From a second shooter at the J.F.K. assassination to the “lizard people” that secretly run the world, far-fetched ideas are everywhere. But more importantly, a whopping one in two has suspicions about the former.
And it’s the same story for flat-Earthers. Back in 2009, American Daniel Shenton re-launched the International Flat Earth Society via an online forum. Not that we’re drawing a direct line or anything here, but in a 2018 national survey, YouGov found something disturbing. It seems that only 84 percent of Americans are confident the Earth is round. Five percent are skeptics, and two percent firmly believe it’s flat.