A conspiracy theory offers answers
Sometimes things happen in the world that we could never have imagined. Take the coronavirus, for example: who would have thought that hugging our friends and family could be forbidden for over a year?
When emotional, incomprehensible or unpleasant things happen, we like to look for answers. Conspiracy theories offer simple explanations that can sometimes seem more plausible than the truth. For example, it’s easy to believe that the coronavirus is caused by the 5G network.
We’ve learned to doubt
Doubt is the basis of scientific thought. Galileo wasn’t convinced that the earth was the centre of the universe, so he translated his doubt into a hypothesis. That hypothesis was confirmed with evidence and finally accepted by the entire scientific community. Thus, we have learned that a critical view of the dominant opinions can pay dividends: history has proved it many times.
Sometimes we need a scapegoat
If we are in a socially vulnerable position or feel like injustices are being done to us, it feels good if we can blame someone for it. It helps us to deal with our feelings.