Why do so many people believe in conspiracies?

Cosmos Magazine


Cosmos is a quarterly science magazine. We aim to inspire curiosity in ‘The Science of Everything’ and make the world of science accessible to everyone.

By Cosmos

Conspiracy theories are everywhere. The moon landing was fake, the Earth is flat, Area-51 houses aliens, climate science isn’t real, the government is controlled by lizard people. The list goes on and on and on.

Vishnu, a year 12 student loves everything about conspiracies, and this week on Podcast Next Gen, he’s trying to understand why people love conspiracy theories, and why in an age where we have access to more information than ever before, conspiracy theories still thrive.

Podcast Next Gen is a collaboration between Cosmos Magazine and the National Youth Science Forum. The reporters are year 12 students from across Australia – the next generation of scientists, science journalists and podcasters.

These ‘shortcast’ episodes have been written and recorded by the students, giving them the opportunity to work with real science journalists and editors to make their science concept come to life.

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