Flat earth conference
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The year 2017 has witnessed a massive rise in the popularity of the 'flat-earth' theory, and even renowned personalities like former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff openly came forward supporting this weird belief. In the midst of these developments, Sergey Ryazansky, a Russian cosmonaut at the International Space Station has lashed out against these theorists and made it clear that it is poor education system in the west which is compelling people to believe in these pseudo-scientific theories.

Flat Earth Theory: A perfect space trolling

In a recent talk with Express UK, Sergey Ryazansky said that the flat earth theory is all about space trolling, and there is nothing more to it.

"There's nothing serious behind it. This is just about playing a trick, waiting for what will come next, whether this or that cosmonaut will respond," said Sergey Ryazansky.

The Russian cosmonaut also added that he has never been involved in flat earth theory talks on social media, as it is a shame for him to spend the precious time on explaining basic elementary physics to ignorant people.

"People won't believe in any proofs. It all originated in the West, perhaps because they are not taught the deep foundations of science, namely physics, like in this country," continued Sergey Ryazansky.

The cosmonaut also expressed his disappointment over the popularity such theories are gaining in countries like Russia.

According to Sergey Ryazansky, most of the people who spread the theories surrounding flat earth theory are nicknamed on social media sites, as they are well aware that they are proclaiming rubbish and are not courageous enough to reveal their real identities.

Flat Earth theory gaining widespread popularity

Even though there are many photographic pieces of evidence which assure that the earth is flat, conspiracy theorists are not ready to believe this, and they blindly claim that the earth we live in is flat. According to the data from Google, the number of people who are searching for flat earth theory has tripled in the past three years.

Apart from Andrew Flintoff, American professional basketball player Kyrie Irving has also claimed that the earth is flat. According to these theorists, the South Pole and the North Pole act as a barrier for the flat surface where we are protected by walls of ice.