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Sci Tech    H4'ed 7/1/20

BBC: What We Can Learn From Conspiracy Theories

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From alien lizard rulers to shark attacks instigated by spies and elaborate multi-billion-dollar hoaxes, the menagerie of conspiracy theories in existence is so bizarre, the reasons some take off – and others vanish without a trace – may seem almost random. 

But there are patterns hidden in their strangeness. The latest thinking suggests that conspiracy theories are filtered by a kind of natural selection, which allows those that fit certain requirements to spread rapidly through our societies – while others are confined to the darkest corners of the internet.

What makes a conspiracy appealing to the masses? And is there anything they can teach us about the problems we face – and how to fix them?

First up – successful conspiracies always have the right villain. 

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