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COVID: Top 10 current conspiracy theories

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As the COVID-19 crisis worsens, the world also faces a global misinformation pandemic. Conspiracy theories that behave like viruses themselves are spreading just as rapidly online as SARS-CoV-2 does offline. Here are the top 10 conspiracy theories making the rounds.



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Funny. I have wanted to ask a question on this topic, but feared it would become too contentious. Here's hoping people can express opinions without becoming rowdy. On another post I mentioned words I spoke to my daughter recently. This was the topic -- when I said to her "I don't know what to think."
 

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Funny. I have wanted to ask a question on this topic, but feared it would become too contentious. Here's hoping people can express opinions without becoming rowdy. On another post I mentioned words I spoke to my daughter recently. This was the topic -- when I said to her "I don't know what to think."

Some of these have already been mentioned in other threads, so I thought a report from a respected source like Cornell University would be good to post.


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Funny. I have wanted to ask a question on this topic, but feared it would become too contentious. Here's hoping people can express opinions without becoming rowdy. On another post I mentioned words I spoke to my daughter recently. This was the topic -- when I said to her "I don't know what to think."


right :(

In a New Pew Study: Nearly a third of Americans believe a conspiracy theory about _________
https://www.vox.com/covid-19-corona...y-coronavirus-origins-conspiracy-theory-media
 

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Some of these have already been mentioned in other threads, so I thought a report from a respected source like Cornell University would be good to post.
Andy Bernard agrees.
 

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I have seen many discussed on FB.
 

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Conspiracy theories have one of the following causative agents:

1. Not enough facts -so people fill in the missing facts with personal theories and then end up treating the theories as facts.
2. People have enough facts - but make a logical fallacy analyzing them.
3. People have enough facts - and they can and do reason logically - but the results don't match the explanation given.

And then there is apparently some person or group that would benefit by the existing explanation(s). Whenever this turns out to be actually true, it leads to more and more conspiracy theories, as trust in organizations that provide answers are no longer trusted for any of their pronouncements.

Each conspiracy theory is a mix of the above . .
 

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Some of these have already been mentioned in other threads, so I thought a report from a respected source like Cornell University would be good to post.


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Great article, thanks for sharing.



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Out of all of them the 5G theory is the wildest to me;). The rest fall sort of into the category of "Somebody is out to get ME!" class of thinking IMNSHO.

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Thanks for sharing that article. I actually didn't see this before. Some of these theories are pretty interesting...
 

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This confirms that Facebook is a waste of time.

Ha! Facebook has its place, but it's easy to get distracted... and if you end up friending people who don't validate their posts and believe anything then it would be a waste (for you). I rarely see those types of posts on my feed and when I do usually one of my friends has already slapped them with a link or two to sites that tell them how full of %@#!# they really are for believing it.

I participate on a few private cruise groups on Facebook and all of the people I've met over the years are quite nice. But some will believe anything. Some of these people have friended me so I see their personal posts, and since C19 started these are the people posting crazy fringe memes that I (and others) respond to with links disproving their assertion. Of course, these are also the same people that rarely respond and aren't interested in evidence...they like what they like and nothing anyone says will change their mind (sound familiar?) - sadly this type of attitude is not uncommon.
 

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I just say No to Facebook. YMMV
And I just say Yes to Facebook. YMMV

I've connected with old (and I mean old) friends that I hadn't been in contact with in years and even physically met up with two of them. Both of these women went back to kindergarten.
 

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And I just say Yes to Facebook. YMMV

I've connected with old (and I mean old) friends that I hadn't been in contact with in years and even physically met up with two of them. Both of these women went back to kindergarten.
Awesome. :)
 

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I read or heard this on NPR I believe regarding folks who believe in Conspiracy theories. Evidence to the contrary, even well sourced and given by people they normally trust, only serves to harden their belief in the theory.
It seems crazy, but then it makes some sense. If you have yourself invested in a philosophy, theory or person, the initial reaction is to defend your position. It's hard to let go of a deeply held belief.
So the defense for yourself is to be skeptical when you first hear one of these ideas.
 

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The article missed this one :
-aliens created it to fatten us up for their harvest .

LOL
kudos to the TUG member who posted it as a meme in the thread of stay at home humour .


Thanks, I posted it first but someone else also posted it after I did. I've truly enjoyed reading and posting on the Stay at Home Humor thread.
 

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And I just say Yes to Facebook. YMMV

I've connected with old (and I mean old) friends that I hadn't been in contact with in years and even physically met up with two of them. Both of these women went back to kindergarten.

Facebook is good ... and bad
(I just look at the good stuff ;) )
 

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I've seen and read so much cockamamie crap trying to ferret out reliable information. It's been really frustrating. I think I've put in more time and effort than I did with all the research papers I ever did throughout high school and college.

I did get some good information here on TUG by asking people for their first hand knowledge, personal experience and thoughts. Once again thanks to those of you who posted factual and helpful replies.
 
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