Humans LOVE conspiracy theories. We love to attribute our ills to some nameless force working against us. Most of us, however, do so in jest. We understand that there isn't really some great conspiracy to make us, specifically, miserable or mislead us.
Increasingly though, more and more people seem to latch onto these conspiracy theories and the flawed "logic" (I use that term loosely) that their proponents use to justify their assertions. Most of us just read about it and shake our heads in confusion (with the odd facepalm here and there for the especially wild ones), but some people are misled into believing them.
Reddit user dank_meme_machine30 asked:
The moon doesn't exist.
You think you've seen it?
It's just the back of the sun, everyone knows that.
Everything is chemicals, even your precious essential oils.
Since it's not that far of a stretch from anti-vax...everything is a conspiracy by Big Pharma & doctors to make more money. Here, have some essential oils.
I have an autoimmune disease and already have tons of people telling me to stop taking my medication. It's worse now that I'm pregnant; people get really mad and claim I'm poisoning my baby. The pills are to stop my body from killing my baby, f**k your essential oils.
Not the next one perhaps, but I can see a time when people flat out deny that we as a species came from Earth.
Isn't that Scientology?Giphy
Can you really prove it?
Anti-Australia, as a sub-sect of the flat-earth movement. Been to Australia? You were on a flight flying in circles that landed somewhere outside of Los Alamos. Australians? Paid actors. Kangaroos? Overgrown squirrels.
Yeah, it's the same thing like North Dakota is not real. Do you know anyone from North Dakota? No. Do you use any product made in North Dakota? No. It's a lie made up by those filthy politicians so they can manipulate and rig the election!!!
How do we know?
Denying germ theory.
"I got a cold when I was spending a month in the woods by myself. ...BY MYSELF! So then tell me, 'scientists,' who gave me the cold 'virus?' I obviously gave it to myself with my negative thoughts!"
It would be pretty epic to see people getting sneezed on to prove a point.
I don't know anyone from Delaware, do you?
Delaware doesn't exist. I'm pushing that very hard to make it a thing. I mean do you really know anyone from Delaware?
I was messing with someone about this theory and turns out her kid went to college there.
Is she sure? Is she really, really sure?
I am currently sitting in a University of Delaware hall, I can't confirm if this actually reality. Standby.
People disappoint us, yet again.
Mars landing deniers
Unfortunately that's already a thing
The cognitive dissonance must be nearly intolerable.
Nothing on the internet is real, the internet isn't real, it was created by scientists to spread lies and misinformation.
Never happen,, because these are the people that -require- the internet (FB, etc) in order to spread their bullshit...
There's not a science behind stupidity. They can still believe the internet was made for mind-control reasons while still using it.
Mni Wičoni, Water is Life.
Being in the water industry I am meeting more and more people who completely mistrust the public water supply. They are completely misinformed about basic treatment and complain always about the "chemicals" in the water. I've had people complain about everything from chemicals we never use in the process, strange colors and odors coming from their toilets and showers, phantom illnesses and tall tales of neighbors who died from the water. I had never met people who never drink water before starting this career path, and now I get yelled at by several a year and they legit only drink soda or Gatorade, maybe tea and coffee only. Its got the recipes of ignorance, easily spread misinformation and a helpless group of professionals only seeking the best for the public.
I'd be willing to bet some of these people don't realize soda and Gatorade and tea and coffee all have water in them.Giphy