Anti-Science Conspiracy Theories and Their Harm

Conspiracy theories in science

“What is a conspiracy theory and why are they so popular in politics and journalism? What psychological need does it satisfy to believe in conspiracy theories? What are some features common to different kinds of conspiracy theories? Are there documented examples of substantial harm caused by conspiracy theories?

With the advent of the Internet, conspiracy theories have gotten an enormous spread. They can be thought of as memes that spread from brain to brain and uses deceptive tactics to remain with people and spread to new vulnerable targets. The Internet also allow people to hide in their filter bubble and only be exposed to bias confirming information while completely ignoring the scientific facts that contradict it.”

Anti-Science Conspiracy Theories and Their Harm