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The Enduring Appeal of Conspiracy Theories

Humanosity says…This great article from the BBC takes an in-depth look at the appeal of conspiracy theories down the ages. Conspiracy seems to be the flip side of the coin to the truth…

If you were to type conspiracy theories into google then you will be astonished by the sheer volume of material that gets returned. From believers in a flat earth to deniers of the moon landings, through to JFK conspiracists, it seems that people can’t get enough of them.

Those that do not vaccinate often choose not to. They are called “anti-vaxxers” and they largely believe that vaccinations are harmful – and, often, that pharmaceutical companies (and others) cover up damaging effects of vaccinations.

While some conspiracy theories are relatively harmless – the argument that Nasa faked the Moon landing, or bizarrely, that Beatle Sir Paul McCartney died long ago with a doppelganger taking his place ever since – others have damaging ripple-effects.

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