David Aaronovitch decided to write a book on conspiracy theories (Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History) after he met a cameraman in Tunisia while filming a BBC program who told him that the moon landings had been faked. Aaronovitch’s book is very interesting and describes many conspiracy theories such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the assassinations of Kennedy, Monroe and Diana etc. The internet of course is a hotbed of conspiracy theories – I wish those people peddling such nonsense tried to understand Ockham’s Razor. Some people clearly think that the whole world is one big conspiracy.
Let me make a prediction for a new conspiracy theory. That there was a gigantic cover up of the nuclear disaster in Japan and tens of thousands of people died as a result. Yes, they will forget the earthquake and tsunami and blame the deaths on a nuclear catastrophe. Because people like to blame someone for an accident: it must be someone’s fault (a conspiracy) rather than a natural disaster (hence claims that AGW will lead to more disasters so that we can blame people for opposing action on climate change for the deaths resulting from the natural disasters).