The most important thing you can ever read about conspiracy theories

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Conspiratorial ideation is the tendency of individuals to believe that events and power relations are secretly manipulated by certain clandestine groups and organizations.

This academic paper by Dr. David Robert Grimes ‘On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs’, shows that a large conspiracies, those over 1000 agents, quickly become untenable and prone to failure.

This is an incredibly important paper as it shows that while real conspiracies exist, they will fall apart once they have a large amount of people. As conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are making the rounds, this paper shows how it is non-sense.

When dealing with those who believe in the flat earth doctrine and members of the Flat Earth Society, they will tell you that NASA is involved in the greatest conspiracy every. But thinking the hundreds of thousands of NASA employees and contractors passing through this organization over the decades can keep a conspiracy, is utter nonsense.

That, by definition, make pretty much every conspiracy theory utter rubbish.

Some of those nonsensical ones include:

· NASA and any flat earth nonsense

· COVID-19

· Area 51

· 5G

· Moon landing

· Illuminati

· Anything to do with the Rothschild family

· Anything to do with Jews controlling the world

Conspiracies exist. They are small and limited. Any of the above would require tens of thousands of people. And outside of a Dan Brown novel, they simply do not exist.

I work in information security at Tapad. Write book reviews for the RSA blog, & a Founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance and Cybersecurity Canon.

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