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Behind the Curve

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Excellent, relevant docu about conspiracy theories.

Movie NR 2018 96 minutes
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age 11+

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age 8+

A horrifying exploration of pseudoscience

This documentary brings to light the (hopefully not actually) coming apocalypse of pseudoscience. Nonsensical illogical delusions are gaining mainstream legitimacy and penetration into the collective social consciousness. Upon seeing such display of flagrant anti-scientific anti-intellectualism, in one scene demonstrating these delusions can be passed down by generations, it is a wonder why the alleged all powerful "scientific elite" haven't stamped out this kind of anti-thought for good. If only. Behind the Curve presents a warning to the future, if scientific illiteracy has got to the point where the idea that the Earth is actually a frisbee is growing in traction... Then what direction is society truly heading in? Maybe it is not climate change, raging pandemics, antibiotic resistant superbugs, or global thermonuclear war that humanity must ultimately fear... But rather the gradual disintegration of our ability to reason and interpret reality. A great fear of mine is not so much society facing an apocalyptic scenario... What I fear most is if in such an event we willingly and enthusiastically deny the circumstances... So much so that even our pain is not acknowledged as real... And all of reality itself becomes perpetually undeterminable in a sea of mass psychosis.

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age 14+

Total rubbish

My goodness, surely if I was to think so strongly about something Would have at least some evidence to support my beliefs!all they did was talk about the earth being flat and tried to debunk the Globe theory by conducting an experiment with a $20,000 gyroscope which totally proved they were wrong !!they even tried to say the experiment was wrong, my God delusional is an understatement and as for the Laser experiment to test a curvature of the earth that is and was a total disaster where did they buy that equipment? must have cost all of $20.Total fruitcakes where is the evidence??of a flat earth why can't I see Mount Everest from my house well it is 5 miles high or is that a conspiracy as well.Go get a life.

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This film is a relevant and necessary documentary for these precarious times. As the Internet has given us unprecedented access to so much information (credible or otherwise) at our fingertips, it's hard to tell if this is leading us to another Renaissance or a return to the Dark Ages. This documentary uses the Flat Earth Society as a springboard to discuss not just science versus conspiracy, but also the challenges in getting those who have gotten wrapped up in questionable worldviews out of their belief bubbles, and to what extent each of us constructs our own reality, even as it contradicts facts and logic.

This challenge to the viewer is what makes Behind the Curve so important. The easiest thing to do for a documentary such as this would have been to make fun of those who believe that not only is the Earth is a disc, but that those who believe that the Earth is a globe are part of a vast conspiracy of NASA, the makers of Tang, and your sixth grade science teacher. Instead, the filmmakers let their interviewees talk, and talk, and talk, and what emerges is this sense that many of the "Flat Earthers" -- if not struggling with mental illness -- are lonely and disconnected people looking for a sense of belonging and acceptance in a larger community, even as their attempts at experiments to prove their conception of the world don't work. Some of the scientists themselves acknowledge this, and see these conspiracy theorists not as the proverbial tin-foil hat wearing kooks, but rather, as "scientist(s) who might have been...that fell through the cracks." The biggest and greatest takeaway from this documentary is that all of us need to do a better job at discerning what's real and not just shrieking "Fake news!" at credible sources of information that tell us what we may not want to hear.

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