At this point, you might find it hard not to feel like there's an insane new conspiracy theory gripping the internet every other day. Just last week, we told you about a new Snapchat facial recognition conspiracy theory, and don't forget the bizarre conspiracy theory about Chipotle's food-borne illness crisis. But have you ever wondered why so many people subscribe to these, at times, far-fetched arguments? A new video might offer a logical explanation -- or maybe that's just what they want you to believe?
As explained in the video (shown above) by Discovery Channel's DNews, polls have shown that about half the population believes in at least one conspiracy theory, and apparently, this has a lot to do with how our brains work when it comes to processing information and detecting patterns. Basically, the world is a terrifying, complicated, and messed up place and, well, we often have a hard time grappling with the non-stop chaos. Mix that with mathematical theories and neuroscience -- things like the Ramsey theory, the principle of confirmation bias, and the principle of proportionality bias (all summarized in the video) -- and it's no wonder people believe that a muscular lizard man is roaming around in South Carolina, among many other conspiracy theories, of course.
The DNews host points to the Kennedy assassination as an example of how proportionality bias might lead to so many conspiracy theories, saying, "It's our tendency to believe that large events have large causes. The idea of just one guy with a gun and a good view from a book depository can murder one of the most important people in the world is unsatisfying and we instinctively search for bigger forces at work."
Another factor is that conspiracy theories sometimes turn out to be right. The video cites the Watergate Scandal involving President Richard Nixon as an example of a crazy, far-fetched scheme that turned out to be true. With that said, what other world events, mysteries, scandals, etc. might have alternative explanations hidden behind the so-called official narrative? Well, just do a quick Google search and you'll probably find plenty.
There's even such thing as a dating website just for conspiracy theorists.