The notion of a flat Earth refers to the idea that the inhabited surface of our planet is, in fact, flat, instead of being spherical or curved. Thousands of years ago, some authors and philosophers argued that the Earth was flat and others that it was cylindrical.
Among the Greek philosophers, Thales of Miletus held the idea of a flat Earth.
For his part, Anaximander believed that the Earth was a short cylinder with a flat, circular surface.
It is a commonly accepted idea that the first person to have defended the idea of a spherical Earth was Pythagoras (6th century BC), but that idea contradicts the fact that most of the Pythagorean pre-Socratics considered the Earth to be flat.
In his work De Caelo (On the Heavens), Aristotle (4th century BC) gave a reasoned explanation of why the Earth is a sphere and cited a value for its circumference that is correct within a factor of two. In the third century BC., Eratosthenes gave a more accurate estimate of its circumference.
From this we can successfully conclude that since ancient times, authors, scholars, and philosophers have accepted for a fact the shape of our planet, providing, mathematical evidence in favor of a spherical Earth.
Now, thousands of years later, and after mankind has achieved spaceflight, traveled to the moon and back, there are still those who argue for the fact that we do not live in a spherical planet.
Now, a stunning new theory has appeared on the internet where flat Earthers explain how the Earth is flat, and why people don’t fall off of its edge.
As reported by TechTimes, flat-Earthers think we don’t fall off the edge of our Earth, despite the fact it is flat, because of the same principles that govern in a video game.
And not just any video game, but Pac-Man.
Darren Nesbit, a vivid Flat Earther maintains that our world is, in fact, the shape of a diamond, and is supported by pillars.
“I’m not saying this is definitely what is going on, but I think it is a plausible model,” said Nesbit.
Like Nesbit, many other people ‘around the world’ believe that Earth is, in fact, a plane disk, despite overwhelming evidence proving we live on a globe.
All sorts of theories proposed by Flat Earthers try and explain why Earth is flat, and why all the scientific evidence is wrong.
But, what Flat Earthers haven answered until now was: If the Earth is flat, why don’t we fall off its edge?
Nesbit has an answer: ‘The Pac-Man Effect.’
Remember Pac-Man? It was an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan in May 1980. Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Using the yellowish character, you navigate a maze-like environment searching for food while trying to avoid enemies.
Well, Nesbit has turned to this classic to explain why we don’t fall off of the edge of the Earth.
Nesbit says that Pac-man can explain his theory, and specifically the left and right sections of the maze which, in the game, act as portals. If you enter one portal, you come out on the other side.
Nesbit says that our Earth works in a similar way. We can ‘teleport’ magically, from one side of the Earth to the opposite side, and is the reason why no one has ever fallen off of the edge.
“One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect,” said Nesbit.