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Old 27th January 2016, 09:20 PM
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Grimes, D. R. (2016). "On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs." PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147905.
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Conspiratorial ideation is the tendency of individuals to believe that events and power relations are secretly manipulated by certain clandestine groups and organisations. Many of these ostensibly explanatory conjectures are non-falsifiable, lacking in evidence or demonstrably false, yet public acceptance remains high. Efforts to convince the general public of the validity of medical and scientific findings can be hampered by such narratives, which can create the impression of doubt or disagreement in areas where the science is well established. Conversely, historical examples of exposed conspiracies do exist and it may be difficult for people to differentiate between reasonable and dubious assertions. In this work, we establish a simple mathematical model for conspiracies involving multiple actors with time, which yields failure probability for any given conspiracy. Parameters for the model are estimated from literature examples of known scandals, and the factors influencing conspiracy success and failure are explored. The model is also used to estimate the likelihood of claims from some commonly-held conspiratorial beliefs; these are namely that the moon-landings were faked, climate-change is a hoax, vaccination is dangerous and that a cure for cancer is being suppressed by vested interests. Simulations of these claims predict that intrinsic failure would be imminent even with the most generous estimates for the secret-keeping ability of active participants—the results of this model suggest that large conspiracies (≥1000 agents) quickly become untenable and prone to failure. The theory presented here might be useful in counteracting the potentially deleterious consequences of bogus and anti-science narratives, and examining the hypothetical conditions under which sustainable conspiracy might be possible.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0147905

http://www.plosone.org/article/fetch...esentation=PDF

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0126162330.htm
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Fig 2.Failure curves for (a) NASA moon-landing hoax
—results for both constant population and Gompertzian function are so close as to be non-resolvable visually (b) Climate change hoax—The blue solid line depicts failure probability with time if all scientific bodies endorsing the scientific consensus are involved, the red-dotted line presents the curve if solely active climate researchers were involved (c) Vaccination conspiracy—blue solid line showing failure probability with time for a combination of public health bodies and major drug manufacturers and the red-dotted line depicting case if only public health bodies were conspiring (d) Failure with time for a suppressed cancer cure conspiracy.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147905.g002
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I have a cousin who is all into conspiracy theories. He has a distrust of science and scientists, has little education and to my knowledge has never read anything scientific. He believes that giant humans used to inhabit the earth, that aliens built the pyramids and even the one about pig-chimp hybridisation being the origin of the human species.

It's been pointed out to him time and again how his ideas fall down, but you cannot get through.
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I have a cousin who is all into conspiracy theories. He has a distrust of science and scientists, has little education and to my knowledge has never read anything scientific. He believes that giant humans used to inhabit the earth, that aliens built the pyramids and even the one about pig-chimp hybridisation being the origin of the human species.

It's been pointed out to him time and again how his ideas fall down, but you cannot get through.
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