Articles on Conspiracy theories

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Rumors abounded in the days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

Making sense of the Scalia conspiracy theory

How do rational people get sucked into believing conspiracies? According to research, we're more susceptible than you'd think.
John F Kennedy’s murder in 1963 has spawned countless books, films and conspiracy theories. Wikimedia Commons

The JFK assassination and other ‘truths’ lost forever out there

Kennedy’s murder has spawned countless books, films, television documentaries and websites, each devoted to solving the crime. And yet any agreement on the 'truth' seems as unlikely as ever.
The Earth as seen from space – looks curved from up there. Flickr/NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Why would anyone believe the Earth is flat?

It might seem crazy to believe the world is flat. But for some people it reinforces a narrative that gives their lives meaning.
A ‘flat-Earth’ map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893. This rendering of a flat Earth still gets some truck today. Wikimedia/Orlando Ferguson

Flat wrong: the misunderstood history of flat Earth theories

We often hear that most people throughout history believed the world was flat. But that's not entirely true.
As part of pandemic preparation, in the early 2000s many countries amassed large stockpiles of the influenza neuraminidase inhibitor Tamiflu. Tony Hisgett/Flickr

Controversies in medicine: the rise and fall of the challenge to Tamiflu

One of the biggest recent controversies in medicine involves the effectiveness of the antiviral drug Tamiflu. Governments have stockpiled the drug but many have raised doubts about its usefulness.
Dramatic, but not apocalyptic. Stanimir G Stoev

Fact over fiction on the ‘apocalyptic’ super blood moon

A rare super blood moon visible from parts of the Earth this month will delight those people lucky enough to see it. But why has this marvel of the solar system got some people so worried?
Not irrational, but serious trust issues. Listening by Shutterstock

Throwing science at anti-vaxxers just makes them more hardline

Since the uptick in outbreaks of measles in the US, those arguing for the right not to vaccinate their children have come under increasing scrutiny. There is no journal of “anti-vax psychology” reporting…
Curtis is one of few BBC film-makers given great artistic freedom. Steve Rhodes

Bitter Lake: Adam Curtis is both self-indulgent and fascinating

Most broadcasters – especially those who work at the BBC – must produce their programmes to conform to strict guidelines. They must be within five seconds of the required length, they must comply with…
Conspiracy theories are so hard to debunk because they use science. Flickr/dexterd

The ironclad logic of conspiracy theories and how to break it

As the United Nations warns of the dire consequences of global warming, the commitment of the current Australian government to the reality of climate change remains unclear, with a history of disturbingly…

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