Conspiracy Theories – The 5 W’s and Countermeasures

“A global study of 28 countries revealed that more than 3 in 10 people surveyed believe that a foreign power or other force is deliberately causing the spread of the Covid-19 virus (Gallup International, March 2020).”

Let’s face it, conspiracy theories have been around since the dawn of Ug and Og: “Why were you gone so long? It never takes you that long to relieve yourself.” “Well, I, uh…” THUMP!

Fortunately, science-based systematic analysis is helping us all, not only to separate the chaff from the wheat, but also to understand how and why conspiracy theories come about and what we as human beings can do to counter the combination of cognitive bias and ignorance behind the overwhelming majority of them.

Like all things in science, if it stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny, then it’s probably not a conspiracy theory. The conspiracy theories surrounding Covid-19, however, have all failed — miserably — under the light of simple analysis and reason.

I’d wax on more about this, but someone took the time and made the effort to get it right! Their collection of five infographics does an outstanding job of putting everything into its proper perspective.

What are they? Why do they flourish?

Is this one? Check before sharing:

Prebunking and debunking:

Concrete counter actions:

The link to COVID-19:

Updated: October 14, 2021 — 9:48 pm