From COVID-19 to 5G to NASA’s moon landings – why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

Conspiracy theories provide a prism through which world events can be interpreted and understood – providing an explanation of major moments in history that many feel is missing from the mainstream narrative.

But is this down to a concerted effort to hide information from the public?

Or is it because, for conspiracy theorists, the truth doesn’t fit the narrative.

The coronavirus pandemic has spread across the world with a speed and ferocity unprecedented in modern history.

In the wake of the virus, a series of ideas, without basis in scientific fact, and widely denounced by experts, have nonetheless taken hold in the minds of people around the world.

So why, do conspiracy theories like these continue to convince people to believe and do irrational things

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