Absolutely nobody should be surprised that conspiracy theories and bad reporting regarding the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 tragedy sprang up almost as soon as the plane went down. And with complicated international politics at play, the conspiracies, misinformation and hoaxes came fast and furious. At this point, the most widely accepted theory is that Russian … Continued
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New conspiracy theories and affronts to critical thinking emerge on a depressingly regular basis. Some are worth devoting substantial time and effort into debunking, but others come and go so quickly that they’re only good for a mild look-in before we move on to the next anti-science horror. This post is a grab bag of … Continued
In Skeptoid #364, Brian Dunning made a statement regarding conspiracy theories that I’ve since used many times in my continued battle against tinfoil-helmeted nonsense. It’s simple, direct, and 100% true: No conspiracy theory has ever been proven true. A wordier and less elegant way to say this is: there has never been a popularly held conspiracy … Continued