BLUFThe pervasiveness of the internet and social media means that conspiracy theories spread faster and further than ever before—but how can we tell the difference between a genuine and a false conspiracy theory?
This article by Michael Shermer, writing for Big Think, makes the following points:
- The variety of Conspiracy theories means it is difficult to assess a theory's validity.
- However, some are true, for example, 'Watergate'.
- As a general rule, if a theory requires thousands of people to keep quiet, then it is probably false.
- Michael Shermer—the writer of 'Why people believe Weird things'—provides a ten-point Conspiracy Detection Kit.
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References from the Web:
- NOV 2020 An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart—The Conversation
- NOV 2020 It's only fake-believe: how to deal with a conspiracy theorist—The Guardian