Our world is rife with conspiracy theory paranoia
What makes someone become suspicious and believe in theories of conspiracy, that to others, have no logical and rational explanations? Now with access to the internet, we are shocked as to the wide extent that conspiracies in the world can spread.
Are conspiracy theorists completely nuts, insane or plain stupid? Especially considering that simple explanations that debunk conspiracy theories are readily available these days.
You only need access to the internet or a local library. Many conspiracy theorists believe that scientists and governments are in cahoots. They think that they want to keep the public from knowing the truth, as a population control tool.
They wonder if the government hides the truth because it doesn’t want mass panic? Or do major corporations believe that they can gain profit from people kept naive?
Studies show that people who feel they have no control over their lives conjure up conspiracy theories. They start to see “clues” to support their paranoia. This paranoia is an evolutionary action dating back to the days of cavemen and saber tooth tigers.
We want to know what you think about some of the most outrageous conspiracy theories that exist. Check out some of the top conspiracy theories below.
1. CIA Using Pokémon Go to Spy On the Population
John Hanke founded the company called Niantic who developed Pokemon Go. Before, he has been the CEO of the CIA-connected Keyhole Inc.
This discovery made conspiracy theorists go bonkers. Was the government using this popular game to spy on the players? Were people being mind-controlled like the storybook children who followed the Pied Piper? It doesn’t seem that way. You don’t have to use your true identity to play the game.
Also, there are no logs of player interaction that the government could harvest. And, the game encourages people to explore unusual locations. This makes location profiling useless. Pokémon Go would be a useless tool for sinister purposes.
2. The Government Uses The Selfie Craze to Improve Facial Recognition Technology
Facebook developed an algorithm that can identify who you are from a photograph. This algorithm, called “DeepFace” has an accuracy of 97.25%. That is almost identical to the ability of the human mind to identify people they know.
Conspiracy theorists want to know what Facebook is doing with this technology. Are the government analyzing the selfies that people upload onto Snapchat and Instagram? Well, currently this information is only channeled into scientific research papers.
It is only interesting to academics. The law prevents Government agencies from using such information. They would need to get court approval first.
3. The Earth is Flat
It seems absurd that people still actually believe that the earth is flat. Even the Ancient Greeks were able to deduct that the earth is a globe. Why then are celebrities echoing the sentiments of Flat Earth conspiracy proponents?
Samuel Rowbotham developed a theory of Zetetic Astronomy in the 1800s. Rowbotham was an English Inventor, and an active member the Owenites. They saw themselves as creators of a socialist utopia.
None of his ideas fit within any scientific method. But there are still people determined to believe in it to this very day.
4. UFO Cover-Ups
It feels dissatisfying when we have no explanations for things we experience. When it leads to exercising rational and logical questioning, it can be a good thing. It leads to examining evidence to find answers.
Sometimes, yet, our wild imaginings are much more interesting than the boring reality. There are times when there are mysterious sightings of objects in the sky.
For example, the Chilean military recently was unable to explain UFO evidence that they had captured on video. People like to feel enchanted, suggest Sociologists. People’s appetites are not satisfied when secularism and science prove to be disenchanting.
So people will continue to want to believe in things like UFOs.
5. Billionaires Who Want to Release Us from The Matrix
Elon Musk believes we are all trapped in the matrix. He wants to release us, like Neo in the famous film of the same name.
Musk is not alone in his thinking. Bank of America’s analysts have declared that there is a 50% chance that all we see is a computer simulation. There are two billionaires who are employing top scientists to work on finding a way to break us out of it.
This conspiracy theory is widespread and fashionable in Silicon Valley. Physicists are spending a lot of time pondering the possibility as well. But isn’t this humankind going full circle back to a belief in religion?
6. Conspiracy Theorists Are Government Plants to Distract the Public from Real Conspiracies
Governments creating information on purpose about UFOs and paranormal activity. This could be the ultimate conspiracy theory to break all conspiracy theories.
Governments construct and “leak” conspiracy theories to cover up the truth behind activities. Activities such as military technology testing and corporate profiteering. The government keeps people busy panicking over their fears, “evidence” and anecdotes.
This is so they can carry out even more sinister activities. Adam Curtis explored this theory is his recent documentary called “hypernormalisation“. The government keeps people in a state of guessing and uncertainty. This way they are too busy to put themselves in a calm and rational state of mind to question their actual reality.